A Report on the Asian Symposium for Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care in Nara, Japan

By Masahiko Kawaguchi, MD
Department of Anesthesiology, Nara Medical University, Kashihara, Nara, Japan
Shigeru Saito, MD

Department of Anesthesiology, Gunma University Guraduate School of Medicine, Maebashi, Gunma, Japan

6th Annua ASNACC Congress CoverThe Asian Symposium for Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care was held at hotel Nikko Nara, Nara, Japan on April 14, 2018. It was a pre-meeting for the 6th Congress of Asian Society of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care (ASNACC) which is scheduled on March 14-16, 2019 at the Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA, Nara, Japan. ASNACC as a society was established by the founding members of Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, China, and Singapore; and in quick succession Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Myanmar joined the team. The biennial congress of ASNACC has previously been held in China (Beijing 2009), India (New Delhi 2011), Indonesia (Bali 2013), South Korea (Busan 2015), and Singapore (Singapore 2017). During each biennial congress, the representative members of ASNACC meet and discuss various activities.

During the pre-meeting of the Asian Symposium for Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care, the representative members of Societies of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care in Asia were assembled. The main topic of this symposium was ‘Present Status and Future of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care as the Subspecialty of Anesthesiology’. The first session was chaired by Dr. Hiroki Iida (Japan) and Dr. Hari Hara Dash (India), Dr. Jae-Young Kwon (South Korea), Dr. Kwek Tong Kiat (Singapore), Dr. Manee Raksakietisak (Thailand), and Dr. Geraldine Jose (Phillippine) provided the information on the neuroanesthesia and neurocritical care activities of the respective societies in their countries. The second session was chaired by Drs. Mishiya Matsumoto (Japan) and Jae-Young Kwon (South Korea), Dr. Hari Hara Dash (India), Dr. Tatang Bisri (Indonesia), Dr. Aung Shwe Saw (Myanmar), and Dr. Masahiko Kawaguchi (Japan) presented the reports of recent activities of their scientific bodies and the status of neuroanesthesia as a subspecialty in their countries.

Although the number of members in Asia who are working in this subspecialty of anesthesiology is still very limited, it seems to be gradually increasing. All the members who participated in this symposium agreed to collaborate with each other in Asia on their educational and scientific activities. In addition, the collaboration with Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) was also emphasized to strengthen the system in education and research. It was decided to carry the discussion with SNACC representatives further to strengthen the collaboration between ASNACC and SNACC, before the 2019 Annual Meeting. Figure 1 shows the picture of ASNACC members at the banquet after the symposium. Following the introductory speech by Dr. Jae-Young Kwon, President of ASNACC, Dr. Shigeru Saito, President of the 22nd meeting of Japanese Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (JSNACC), made a brief welcome toast.

The first permanent capital of Japan was established in the year 710 at Heijo; the city now known as Nara. Nara is located less than one hour from Kyoto and Osaka. Due to its past as the first permanent capital, it remains full of historic treasures, including some of Japan's oldest and largest temples. Famous tourist spots such as Kofukuji Temple, Todaiji Temple, and Kasuga Shrine are within walking distance from the venue of the ASNACC meeting. Nara Kasugano International Forum IRAKA, in which the 6th Congress of ASNACC will be held, was constructed in 1987 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Nara Prefecture. It is located in the center of Nara National Park, which is famous for its beauty and 1,200 tame deer. The hall has an impressive Noh Theatre, which can be easily converted into a multi-purpose auditorium, conference rooms, a reception hall and a spacious garden.

The theme of the 6th Congress of ASNACC in 2019, in conjunction with the 23rd Annual Meeting of JSNACC, will be "Multidisciplinary Approach for Well-being". The topic of this meeting will cover a wide range of fields in health science. The broad spectrum of clinical topics will include anesthetic management for neurosurgical procedures, neuroprotection, neuromonitoring, intensive care for neurological disease, perioperative stroke, postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), delirium after surgery, early recovery after surgery (prehabilitation program), perioperative pain management, and well-being of surgical patients. These topics will be discussed at multiple scientific sessions including lectures, symposium and workshops. There will also be a free paper presentation and competition during the meeting. Abstract submission will be opened between October 1 and November 30, 2018. Please see the information in detail at

We hope that many members of ASNACC, JSNACC, and international delegates will participate in the 6th Congress of ASNACC (2019). I look forward to seeing you at the 6th ASNACC biennial meeting and would like to ask all of you for your cooperation in designing this congress as an opportunity to strengthen and deepen friendships. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at

ASNACC Members

Members of Asian Society of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care (ASNACC).

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