• Excellence

    The Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) is a highly collegial group that is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement of critical care research in Canada.

  • National

    The CCCTG is a national organization of more than 350 individuals with research interests in the management of the critically ill patient.

  • Research

    The CCCTG has are more than 75 research programs underway and over 230 peer-reviewed publications to its credit, with direct impact on clinical practice in critical care.

  • Impact

    Endorsement by the CCCTG communicates our full commitment to ensure that the work is undertaken in a rigorous & ethical manner, and communicated in a timely & effective way to maximise impact.

  • Direction

    Leading Science, Saving Lives — 5-year Strategic Plan to further enhance the impact of the CCCTG in Canada and around the world.

  • Focus on
    Optimal use of vasopressors in patients suffering from vasodilatory shock

    François Lamontagne and the OVATION team have published the results from the pilot sutdy.  Click Learn More to view a video from Dr. Lamontagne and colleagues explaining the trial and the use of vasopressors in critically ill patients.

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    Renal replacement therapy in the critically ill – early the better?

    Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a common and increasingly encountered complication of critical illness. The STARRT-AKI research program aims to investigate strategies to starting acute renal replacement therapy in critically ill patients with severe AKI.

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    Value of investigator-led clinical trials

    Researchers from the CCCTG investigated factors influencing the impact of clinical trials.  Authors found that investigator-lead clinical trials increasingly shape the knowledge base of critical care, in particular trials led by investigators within structured critical care research consortia.  Click Learn More to read the full article.

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    The importance of Vitamin D in critically ill children

    Dr. Dayre McNally, physician in CHEO’s pediatric intensive care unit, investigates how optimizing Vitamin D levels can help treat critically ill children. Click Learn More to view Dr. McNally's video.

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    The CCCTG awards two research fellowships

    The CCCTG is thrilled to support Drs. Kimberly Macala and Simon Oczkowski so they can add to their experience by engaging in critical care research.  We are thankful to our partners, Alberta Health Services through the Critical Care Strategic Clinical Network and McMaster University for their contributions to the CCCTG Fellowship Program.

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    Can we better predict extubation outcomes?

    Prolonged mechanical ventilation and failed extubation harm patients. The WAVE score is able to predict extubation failures better than simple vitals, clinical impression and commonly used indices, in particular in patients perceived as high-risk.

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    Sedation management in the critically ill

    All critically ill, mechanically ventilated patients in the Intensive Care Unit receive medications to relieve pain and anxiety. However, accumulation of these medications can be associated with serious complications. Researchers from the CCCTG compared sedation strategies in critically ill mechanically ventilated patients.

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    How to define death?

    Article in Critical Care Medicine showed that it is feasible and acceptable to study the natural history of death after withdrawal of life sustaining therapy in the ICU.  The DePPaRT study aims to aims to provide much needed information to provide guidance to "donation after circulatory death (DCD)" practice.

  • Focus on
    Outcome and Research Priorities in Intensive Care Studies (OPTICS)

    The OPTICS research program lead by Drs. John Muscedere and François Lamontagne aims to understand differences in priorities between patients, citizens, decision-makers and researchers about research priorities and outcomes assessment in critical care clinical research.  Click on Learn More for a short video (in French only) presenting the OPTICS study.

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    Old blood as good as fresh blood in critically ill patients

    Blood used for transfusions is perishable. But contrary to general belief, results from a new study from CCCTG researchers published today in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that blood stored for three weeks is just as good as fresh blood.

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    Better treatment strategies for critically ill patients and the potential impact for the healthcare system

    The results of the PROTECT Trial and the recent corresponding cost-effectiveness study showed better health outcomes and overall, lower health care costs when using low molecular weight heparin dalteparin for the prevention of venous thromboembolism in the ICU.


    The CCCRCG Spring 2016 Meeting will be held on June 12 2016 in Halifax NS.


    The CCCTBG Spring 2016 Scientific Meeting will be held in Halifax NS, June 12-13, 2016.

  • Residents Day

    The CCCTG 2016 Residents Resarch Day will be held at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax NS, June 13 2016.

  • 2016 Meeting

    The CCCTG Spring 2016 Scientific Meeting will be held June 13-16 2016 in Halifax NS.

  • Dr. Pagliarello

    Dr. Giuseppe Pagliarello receives lifetime achievement award in organ donation from Trillium Gift of Life Network.

  • CCCF 2016

    The Critical Care Canada Forum 2016 will be held in Toronto ON, October 30 - November 2, 2016.

  • Dr. Lacroix

    In recognition to his exceptional contributions to the promotion of critical care research through mentorship, Jacques Lacroix receives the 2016 Deborah J. Cook Mentorship Award.

  • Dr. Hébert

    Paul Hébert receives the Research Chair Fondation Héma-Québec-Bayer in transfusion medicine from l'Université de Montréal.

  • 2014 Annual Report

    We are pleased to announce the CCCTG 2014 Annual Activity Report is now available. Click Learn More to access it.

  • Dr. Menon

    Kusum Menon receives a Tier 2 Research Chair in Pediatric Shock from the University of Ottawa!

  • Dr. Lamontagne

    François Lamontagne receives a Research Chair on Critical Care Patients from the Université de Sherbrooke!

  • Dr. Cook

    Deborah Cook has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours.