SNACC 46th Annual Meeting - Register Now!

By Deepak Sharma, MD, DM
Chair, Program Planning Committee
Vice President for Education and Scientific Affairs

Dr. Sharma
Deepak Sharma, MD, DM

I hope you are getting ready for the 46th Annual Meeting in San Francisco on October 11-12! Thank you to all who submitted an abstract and for your willingness to share your work. It is exciting to see the continued interest and enthusiasm with the variety of topics and the fascinating new research. This year, the Scientific Affairs Committee is working on enhancing the presentation format to provide a superior experience to the presenters as well as attendees. I am confident you will enjoy the stimulating conversations discussing the new research.

Registration for the Annual Meeting is now open. The Mobile Meeting Guide is now on the website or you can click here. Remember also, like every year, you have to register separately for the Thursday sessions. We want to make sure that everyone gets to attend the sessions of their choice. This year, there is a fixed registration fee for all Thursday afternoon sessions to make it convenient for the attendees. However, you will need to pre-register for the sessions of your choice because seating will be limited. So please register early and pick your sessions.

As you know, this year’s Annual Meeting has several ‘firsts’ and we sincerely hope you will have a great experience. 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. For the first time, we will have a Nobel Laureate lecture at the Annual Meeting. Dr. Thomas Südhof is a neuroscientist from Stanford University who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2013 for his work on vesicle trafficking. The title of his talk is ‘Using Human Neurons to Explore the Molecular Mechanisms of Neuropsychiatric Disorders.’  We are looking forward to this special lecture. The 'Frontiers in Neuroscience’ session will include Dr. Edward Chang (Neurosurgery UCSF) lecturing on ‘Dissecting the Functional Representations of Human Speech Cortex’ and Dr. Jeffrey J. Iliff (Anesthesiology OHSU) is speaking on ‘Glymphatic Function During Sleep and Anesthesia: Implications for Ischemic and Traumatic Brain Injury’.  I am confident these sessions will generate a lot of good discussion and new ideas.

The clinical science program is equally exciting. We have a session focusing on advances and controversies around ‘Endovascular Management of Cerebrovascular Disease’. In this session, you will have the opportunity to hear experts talk about ‘Anesthetic Implications of Newer Interventional Neuroradiology Procedures’ (Dr. Jeffrey Pasternak, Mayo Clinic, Rochester), ‘Neuromonitoring in the Interventional Neuroradiology: Necessary Nuisance?’ (Dr. Christoph Seubert, UF) and ‘Do the Patients Need a Neuro ICU after Endovascular Management of Cerebrovascular Disease?’ (Dr. Ugan Reddy, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London). 

Our journal, the JNA, now has a new Editor-in-Chief. We have organized a special session where Dr. Martin Smith will share his vision and plans for the journal and how we, as SNACC members, can work together to further enhance the impact of our journal, which is currently the highest impact factor subspecialty journal. I am excited that Dr. Deborah Culley will talk about her work on perioperative cognition and Dr. Kristin Engelhard about her work on neuroprotective/neurotoxic potential of anesthetic agents after neuronal injury. Drs. Shobana Rajan and Angele Marie Theard will organize a special session for trainees reviewing neuroanesthesia topics in an interactive game format and there will be committee meetings in the morning and special interest group meetings in the evening. There will be a lot of opportunity to network and catch up with colleagues. 

I am also very excited about our Thursday program. In the Neurotrauma Symposium, we are honored to have leading researchers in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from across the world, who have agreed to share their latest findings and ongoing work. The speakers include leading clinician scientists Drs. Monica Vavilala, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia and Alexis Turgeon-Fournier. The basic science experts will include Drs. Gary Fiskum, William Armstead and Riikka Takala. In addition, we will have a global TBI panel where Drs. Serge Thal and Steven Robicsek will moderate an interactive question /answer format. There will be group discussions with experts from across the world – Drs. Kawaguchi Masahiko (Japan), Ruquan Han (China), Hari Hara Dash (India), Veerle De Sloovere (Belgium), Niels Juul (Denmark) and José Nel Carreño (Columbia).

To all of the physician educators, there will be a Career Development Session that will focus on strategies for career advancement including simulation, publishing medical education research, and mentorship. The luminary faculty for this session will be Drs. Adrian Gelb, David Gaba, Elizabeth Sinz and Karen Souter. Make sure you have your questions ready for them! For our young investigators, Dr. Alana Flexman has organized a wonderful Career Development Session where Dr. Greg Crosby will discuss the art of negotiation and Dr. Stacie Deiner will talk about non-conventional research funding. Another highlight will be the Twitter guru and Stanford anesthesiologist, Dr. Edward Mariano @EMARIANOMD to discuss the increasingly important role of social media in career advancement. By popular demand, we again have the workshop on Airway Management in Neuroanesthesia and the Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) course.

Do not miss the dinner symposium on Thursday evening on subarachnoid hemorrhage. Dr. Paisansathan has organized a wonderful panel of speakers comprising none other than Drs. Arthur Lam, Loch MacDonald, and James Torner.

Remember, we will be meeting in the city where our own dear Dr. William L. Young last worked. Do not forget to attend the fundraiser dinner on Friday, October 12, 7:30 pm at Palio D’Asti Restaurant ( to support the research award SNACC has created in his memory.

On behalf of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee and the SNACC Board of Directors, I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

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