EuroELSO Working Groups

Under the umbrella of EuroELSO, various working groups were formed to advance different research projects in the field of Extracorporeal Life Science and thus contribute to the expansion of knowledge around the topic.

Amongst others, the following topics and research projects are being worked on:

EISOR - Normothermic regional perfusion

Focus: Key focus on developing registry fileds and guidelines for lower body organ perfusion in organ donation.

Velia Antonini
EuroELSO Representative

Innovation on ECMO and ECLS

Focus: Improvements on technological aspects of extracorporeal treatments from all parts of the extracorporeal circuit

Read more about aims, working group members and publications

Maximilian Malfertheiner
EuroELSO Representative


Focus: I have the honor to chair the EuroELSO working group on INFECTIONS. It has been created with the general objective of facilitating scientific advances in the field of nosocomial infection and antibiotic treatment in patients receiving ECLS, with the approval of the EuroELSO Scientific Committee. We see this topic of paramount importance, with vital impact on the clinical evolution of our patients, but quite unexplored. Of note, there is a lack of consensus on the basic definitions of the infectious processes in the ECLS setting and dosing adjustment of antimicrobials is very variable between centers. 

This working group will have an structure, objectives and evaluation process. Please find here a document summarizing the basics of the group, including the (only two) conditions for being part of it. 

We invite all the ECLS community to join us.

Jordi Riera
EuroELSO Representative

Neurological outcomes

Focus: Key focus on harmonisation of monitoring and definition of neurological outcomes in both pediatric and adult practice in Europe.

Aparna Hoskote
EuroELSO Representative

Roberto Lorusso
EuroELSO Representative


Aim: Develop guidance on safe rehabilitation of Neonate, paediatric and adult patients supported on ECMO 


  • Multidisciplinary group – Neonate/Paediatric and Adult. Each step below will be independently approached from each perspective.
  • Will be looking at both early (sedated) & late (awake) rehabilitation. Physical & Psychological.
  • gather feedback on current practice through survey supported by EuroELSO
  • Review current literature 
    • identify PICO questions
    • systematic review of current literature
  • Publish guidelines

Requirements – we have responses from Nurses and Physiotherapists but need wider involvement – Psychology, Dietician, SALT and Occupational therapy both Adult & paediatric. Aiming to ask for librarian support from RPH with literature search step. We will need support in developing a survey please.


Jo-anne Fowles MSc RN l Nurse Consultant
Critical Care & ECMO
Royal Papworth NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridge Biomedical Campus l Cambridge l UK

Simulation and Artificial Intelligence in ECLS (SAIE)

Focus: Development of an endorsed research area on computer modeling and simulation development of a well-functioning framework for the in silicon ecosystem in ECLS

Justyna Swol, MD PhD EuroELSO Representative,
Simon Sonntag, PhD ESAO Representative, 

Read more about aims, working group members and opportunities to join

Sustainability - providing future proof ECLS care

Focus: To explore, set standards and implement ways how EuroELSO and the ECMO/ECLS community can deliver their services and patient care as sustainable and future proof as possible.

We invite people involved in patient care and also ECLS industry/developers with an interest in sustainability to come on join this important working group.

Peter Roeleveld
EuroELSO Representative,

Working group Extracorporeal Cardiopulmonary Resucitation (ECPR)

Topic: EuroELSO has established a new working group on extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR). The aim of the group is to support awarness, knowledge, education and research in ECPR. 


Jan Belohlavek, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine
EuroELSO Past President
EuroELSO Working Group on ECPR chair

Further working groups

Further working groups are going to be established in the field of:

– Mobilisation
– Pediatric transport