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History of Wolf Creek

The Wolf Creek Conference was initiated in 1975 by Drs. James Elam, James Jude, and Peter Safar with the objective to improve the clinical practices of cardiopulmonary resuscitation by stimulating laboratory and clinical research. Doctors Elam and Jude invented the technique of chest compression for resuscitation and Dr. Safar discovered mouth-to-mouth ventilation. There was a great need at the time for objective data and the development of guidelines to improve resuscitation care. The group also acknowledged that those who deliver such life-saving care had to be identified and trained appropriately to begin the specialty of resuscitative medicine. The first meeting of 10 investigators was hosted at Dr. James Jude’s “Wolf Creek Lodge” in Georgia and this is where the term Wolf Creek Conference began. The proceedings from this meeting were published as the first monograph on Advances in CPR in 1997. Subsequent Wolf Creek conferences occurred every five years with increasing numbers of participants and each published their proceedings to help advance research and clinical care in this area. The fourth Wolf Creek conference was convened by the Weil Institute of Critical Care Medicine in Palm Springs, California in 1996 under the chairmanship of Dr. Max Harry Weil. Since 1999, the Wolf Creek Conferences have been held every two years At the Weil Institute of Critical Care Medicine in Rancho Mirage, California under the co-chairmanship of Dr. Max Harry Weil and Dr. Wanchun Tang. The conference has grown to nearly 100 international participant experts in the field.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation science has grown impressively since the Wolf Creek Conferences began. There is however an ongoing need for leading basic scientists, clinical investigators, and industry in this field to come together in a “think tank” like atmosphere to collaborate and shape the direction of future basic science, translational, and clinical research. Virginia Commonwealth University is honored to continue the tradition of the Wolf Creek Conferences in Richmond Virginia, the new home of the Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research.



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Upcoming Event Information

The LVAD Conference is accepting registration at this time via this link: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0082-0003-4e0f45f207ff4d19b60491377d294bd2

Event: LVAD Conference: Emergency Management of Patients with LVADs and Total Artificial Hearts: What EMS Providers Need to Know

Host: Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research at VCU and Henrico Fire

Location: Richmond, VA

When: September 29, 2018


The Wolf Creek Conference is an invitation-only international "think tank" between basic scientists, clinical researchers, and industry whose purpose is to stimulate novel ideas for assessment and treatment of critically ill patients. The Wolf Creek Conference occurs every two years and is held at the home of the Weil Institute.

VCU is proud to host the next Wolf Creek Conference in VA. The conference will be held May 2nd-5th, 2019.

Event: 2019 Wolf Creek Conference

Host: Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research at VCU

Location: Richmond, VA

When: May 2nd-5th, 2019

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