On Sunday, following the IBIA World Congress Gala, we all traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, a city made famous as the location for many ground breaking advances in brain injury research and treatment. The highlight of the trip was a lecture by Sir Graham Teasdale and other renowned experts at the historic Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, which was founded in 1599 by King James VI of Scotland.

The speakers reviewed the key contributions made by the “Glasgow Clan” over the past four decades. Dr. Teasdale and his colleagues discussed the development in Glasgow of approaches to assessment of early severity and late outcome of brain injury, as well as how they have been applied and modified over the years. The identification of avoidable adverse events in management in the acute stage and how they are addressed and efforts to minimize the effects of late sequelae were discussed. The relationships between neuropathological findings and late survivors and the extent of persisting impairment and the potential role of long-term processes was presented.  Finally, the spread of international interest and collaboration in brain injury research resulting in the improvement of outcome was identified.

It was a real treat to travel to this historic city to hear from these outstanding physicians.