A New and Improved Abstract Program and Awards

By Alana Flexman, MD, FRCPC
Chair, SNACC Scientific Affairs Committee


Alana Flexman, MD, FRCPC

Many SNACC members, myself included, were first introduced to SNACC by presenting an abstract at the Annual Meeting (I still remember presenting my first abstract at SNACC!). The opportunity to discuss your research with many of the “greats” of neuroanesthesia is an incredible benefit of the meeting, particularly for our early career attendees. Typically, the abstract program is a highlight of the Annual Meeting because of the high quality and variety of both clinical and basic science neuroanesthesia content, including medically challenging cases, clinical trials and innovative pre-clinical studies. Many improvements have been made to the abstract program over the last few years and, as a result, we have seen a growth in the number of submitted abstracts from all over the world. After our last meeting, we heard feedback from the members that the abstracts need more time and space for informal interactions and we totally agree. We’ve also increased our scientific collaboration with the international neuroanesthesia societies. On behalf of the SNACC Scientific Affairs and Executive Committees, I’d like to share some exciting updates and additions to the scientific program coming up in Arizona in September.

1) TIME: The two main poster sessions will be extended from 90 minutes to 105 minutes, followed by coffee breaks, which will allow more movement and engagement between presenters and attendees in a more flexible setting.

2) HIGHLIGHTS: We will be highlighting the top basic science and top clinical abstract in a new oral presentation session, in addition to the presentation from the winner of the John D. Michenfelder Award.

3) FORMAT: This year will include a mixture of paper and electronic posters, using the advantages of each style to diversify the abstract program.

4) SNACC MOBILE MEETING GUIDE: Electronic versions of posters will be visible on the SNACC Mobile Meeting Guide for your viewing anytime, anywhere.

5) INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AWARDS: This year, in addition to our usual SNACC Travel Awards and the WINNER Award, we will be partnering with several of our international neuroanesthesia societies to offer jointly-funded abstract awards. In doing so, we will offset some of the travel costs of international trainees to attend the SNACC Annual Meeting. Currently we have partnered with the Indian Society of Neuroanesthesiology and Critical Care (ISNACC), Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care Society of Great Britain and Ireland (NACCSGBI), the Neuroanesthesia Section of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS), the Japanese Society of Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (JSNACC) and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists/Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) to bring more international trainees to the meeting to present their research, and hopefully more societies. More information to follow.

We anticipate another exceptional scientific program and look forward to seeing you in September at the Annual Meeting.

Alana Flexman, MD

Dr. Alana Flexman presenting a paper poster at the 2012 SNACC Annual Meeting.

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