Welcome to the 47th SNACC Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on September 12-14, the first stand-alone meeting since the 1989 winter conference 30 years ago! After many discussions, the program committee decided to return to Phoenix. This year’s meeting is modeled differently than those of the past.  Instead of one-and-a-half days duration, this year our Annual Meeting will extend to two-and-a-half days; offering more CME credits and located at a beautiful family-friendly resort.  You will have ample opportunity to learn about the latest discoveries in neuroscience and enjoy many outdoor activities and restaurants with your family.  With added time to the meeting,  there will be more time to mingle with colleagues and exchange ideas to grow your collaborators and network. What a great way to discuss your research with your colleagues over a cold drink on a hot sunny day!

The program is packed with a variety of topics covering scientific work in both basic science and clinical research. This year, the program will start with a half-day on Thursday afternoon and follow with full-day programs on Friday and Saturday. The registration for all Thursday sessions are separate from the full registration. You can pick and choose different sessions of your choice, and it is recommended that you register early for the Thursday sessions, as seating is limited. Remember you will need to register for the full meeting before you can register for any Thursday sessions!

On Thursday, three different track options are running simultaneously. First, there is the Patient Safety Symposium with speakers Drs. Karen Domino, Michael Todd, Steven Roth, and Chanannait Paisansathan, who will discuss patient safety issues in complex spine surgery. If you are looking to develop ERAS protocol for spine surgery, attending this session is a must! Immediately following in the same location is the Basic Science Workshop, with speakers Drs. Jonathan Lifshitz, David Loane, Helen Bramlett, and Douglas DeWitt who will discuss inflammasome and outcome after traumatic brain injury.  You will learn the latest discovery such as sleep, sex differences, and temperature management to the outcome and the novel treatment option in neuroinflammation after traumatic brain injury.

The second option on Thursday will be the Evidence-based Medicine Training for Academicians. You will learn how to conduct clinical evidence-based research with tips and tricks for your success by editors and renowned researchers in neuroscience; Drs. Philip Jones, Lingzhong Meng, Janet Martin, and Alana Flexman. 

The final Thursday option is organized by the International Council on Perioperative Neuroscience Training (ICPNT) for educators and trainees and consists of two sessions. The first ICPNT session is run in collaboration with the Society for Education in Anesthesia (SEA), and is on taking the mystery out of curriculum development. If you are looking to advance your careers as clinician-educators, look no further. The second session consists of a neuroanesthesia essential skills boot camp. If you are currently a fellow, resident or simply want to refresh your skills in neuroanesthesia,  this hands on session is for you.

The Friday program will begin with the Maurice Albin Keynote lecture by Dr. Amy Wagner, President of the National Neurotrauma Society; a renowned figure in the field of traumatic brain injury and a pioneer in rehabilomics. Her talk will be on “Rehabilomics Research: Towards a Precision Medicine Approach to Optimizing Function after Acquired Brain Injury". This will be followed by a general session on brain/heart crosstalk with Drs Monica Vavilala, Vijay Krishnamoorthy and Williams Armstead.  The second general session is on the future of neuromonitoring. Drs. Andrew Kofke and Martin Smith will moderate world experts in neuromonitoring to discuss the future and how we can use those technologies in neuroanesthesia and neurointensive care. The final session of the day features Dr. Joseph Fisher and controversial notions associated with the topic “Going off the Rails: What Happens to CBF during GA and Why.”

Also on Friday, the session “Women in Neuroanesthesiology and Neuroscience Education and Research (WINNER) will take place, with a talk on “Career Advancement for Women in Perioperative Neuroscience: Barriers and Opportunities.” You will learn from successful and powerful women in our field, Drs. Karen Domino, Kristin Engelhard, Deb Culley and Monica Vavilala. For students, residents, and fellows, we also offer a special lunch session simultaneously – Neuroanesthesiology Review Fun! You will gain the must-know core answers to your rounds/test in neuroanesthesia in a relaxing and fun game format, complete with prizes to win!

Friday ends with the opportunity to relax with friends and support the SNACC educational mission.  The William Young Fundraiser Dinner this year will include food and beverages, music, and a raffle in the outdoor restaurant under the stars. Tickets are $200, with the donation going directly to the William Young Fund, supporting the new investigator seeding grant. SNACC leadership would like to welcome all of you to this special event. Let’s dance! 

The Saturday program will start at 7:00 am with four PBLDs. Seating is limited, and you will need to purchase a ticket in advance to attend. The PBLDs are Carotid Endarterectomy, Posterior Cervical Surgery, Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, and Deep Brain Stimulation. The first general session of the day is entitled “Burst Suppression – New Evidence” where Drs. Brandon Westover, Max Kelz and James Sleigh will discuss the newest discovery in burst suppression. This years award presentations will immediately follow, including the travel awards and the presentation of the John D. Michenfelder New Investigator winner. Additionally, Dr. Alana Flexman, Chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee, has organized the first Best of Meeting oral presentation awards in basic and clinical/translational neuroscience to be presented this year.

In the afternoon, there will be a point-counterpoint debate between experts on “OR to ICU Hand-off and Direct Recovery in ICU for Neurosurgical Patients” (Drs. Bhiken Naik: pro; and Arthur Lam: con) and “EEG Monitoring under Anesthesia: Necessary or Nuisance?” (Drs. Paul Garcia: pro; and Piyush Patel: con). In the next session, Dr. Abhijit Lele will present the latest publication in international EVD guidelines and management with the talk entitled EVD Practice – Are We On the Same Page? The last session of the meeting, and one of the most anticipated, is the “Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (JNA) Year in Review” by Dr. Martin Smith.

The program this year is filled with a great line up of speakers and experts and we are confident this Annual Meeting will meet your expectations of high-quality and diverse scientific program. It is important for us to make sure that your needs are met.  If there is anything we can do to improve your experience, please let me or anyone on the program committee know. On behalf of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee and the SNACC Board of Directors, I look forward to welcoming you to Phoenix! 

Chanannait Paisansathan, MD, MHA
Chair, Program Planning Committee
Vice President for Education and Scientific Affairs


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