On behalf of the Program Planning Committee and the SNACC Executive Committee, it is my pleasure and honor to invite you to San Francisco, California, for yet another exiting scientific meeting. The 46th Annual Meeting will take place in the Marriott Marquis, San Francisco on October 11-12. We have carefully reviewed all the feedback and suggestions provided by the attendees of the previous meetings to ensure that the meeting exceeds your expectations. The planning committee has made sure that we include sessions of interest to the diverse membership of SNACC including clinicians, educators, basic and clinical scientists as well as trainees. We have also ensured enough time is provided for questions, discussions and interactions. This year’s Annual Meeting has several ‘firsts’ and we have done our best to make sure there is something exciting for everyone! The meeting will have renowned speakers presenting their work on new discoveries in neuroscience as well as some ‘hot’ clinical topics of interest to everyone.

Thursday’s program includes a ‘Neurotrauma Symposium’ where leading researchers in traumatic brain injury (TBI) from across the world will present their latest findings and ongoing work in basic and clinical sciences. Having a single session instead of two focusing on clinical and basic sciences will allow greater opportunity for translational ideas and collaboration. The session will also include a panel on global TBI care with experts from different parts of the world sharing their unique perspectives. Another ‘first’ this year will be the ‘Career Development Session for Physician Educators’, focusing on strategies for career advancement for medical educators including simulation, publishing medical education research, and mentorship. The ‘Career Development Session for Young Investigators’will address critical issues such as the art of negotiation, non-conventional research funding and the role of social media in career advancement. With their tremendous success in the previous years, and based on your feedback, we will again have the workshop on airway management in neuroanesthesia and the ‘Emergency Neurological Life Support’ (ENLS) course. The Thursday dinner theme, ‘Updates on Cerebral Aneurysm and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage’ for the dinner symposium has been organized by Dr. Chanannait Paisansathan.

The Friday program has a series of outstanding speakers and experts. The highlight of the meeting is the Maurice Albin Keynote Lecture. For the first time, we will have a Nobel Laureate lecture at our Annual Meeting. Dr. Thomas Sudhof is a renowned neuroscientist from Stanford University who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2013 for his work on vesicle trafficking. He will speak on ‘Using Human Neurons to Explore the Molecular Mechanisms of Neuropsychiatric Disorders’. The first mini-symposium will focus on frontiers in neuroscience with Dr. Edward Chang lecturing on ‘Dissecting the Functional Representations of Human Speech Cortex’ and Dr. Jeffrey J. Iliff on ‘Glymphatic Function During Sleep and Anesthesia: Implications for Ischemic and Traumatic Brain Injury’. With outstanding new science, the recent advances and controversies around endovascular management of cerebrovascular disease will be addressed during a very interesting clinical science program.The speakers in this session will discuss the ‘Newer Interventional Neuroradiology Procedures: Anesthetic Implications’ (Dr. Jeffrey Pasternak), ‘Neuromonitoring in the Interventional Neuroradiology: Necessary Nuisance?’ (Dr. Christoph Seubert) and ‘Endovascular Management of Cerebrovascular Disease: Do the Patients Need a Neuro ICU?’ (Dr. Ugan Reddy).

The Scientific Affairs Committee under the leadership of Dr. Alana Flexman is committed to yet another excellent abstract presentation session. New and innovative ideas will provide a better experience for the poster presenters and attendees. Another first this year will be the JNA session with the new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Martin Smith. We will also have the opportunity to listen to Dr. Deborah Culley about her work on perioperative cognition and Dr. Kristin Engelhard about her work on neuroprotective/neurotoxic potential of anesthetic agents after neuronal injury. In parallel with the business lunch, moderated by Drs. Shobana Rajan and Angele Marie Theard, an interactive session will review neuroanesthesia topics. As always, there will be committee meetings in the morning and Special Interest Groups (SIG) meetings in the evening during the wine and cheese reception with exhibits, and plenty of opportunity to network and catch up with friends.

Following tradition, the William L. Young Award and the John D. Michenfelder New Investigator Awards will be presented during the business lunch. The William L. Young Award Fundraiser dinner will take place right after the wine and cheese reception, providing a wonderful opportunity to renew memories, meet new friends and socialize in a lively environment for a scientific cause.

I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Deepak Sharma, MD, DM
2018 SNACC Program Chair
Vice President for Education and Scientific Affairs

 

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