The 48th Virtual Annual Meeting
William M. Armstead, PhD
William M. Armstead, PhD
SNACC Vice President for Education and Scientific Affairs
SNACC will hold its 48th Annual Meeting, the second stand-alone meeting since the 1989 winter conference, on September 11-13. The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this activity for a maximum of 12.75AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. This year’s Annual Meeting is modeled after last year’s successful meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. However, out of an abundance of caution related to the current COVID pandemic, SNACC leadership has decided that this meeting will be held virtually. It will be largely prerecorded with live Q&A sessions that follow the scientific presentation sessions.
Though virtual, this meeting will continue to contain the common elements of platform presentations followed by Q&A sessions, abstract presentations, member socialization and interaction, trainee engagement, and exhibit hall interaction. Content will be archived so members have the opportunity to engage in asynchronous participation in this meeting.
This year’s program is also unique in that it will be thematically driven, centered around the neurovascular unit in health and disease. General sessions will contain a variety of topics covering scientific work in both basic science and clinical research. The program starts with full day pre-sessions on Friday. Saturday will be a full day program and Sunday will end mid-afternoon.
On Friday, three different morning sessions are available and will run simultaneously. Because these sessions are time aligned and virtual, registrants will have opportunity to freely move between sessions. However, you can only claim AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM for one session. First, there is the Crisis Management Didactic Course*. The second option on Friday morning is devoted to research faculty and junior researchers who will consider the Basic Science of the Neurovascular Unit. The final Friday morning session is a Clinical Science session. Friday closes with a Trainee Engagement session with SNACC past presidents and thought leaders. Coincident with the latter session will be the opportunity for registrant socialization. Both of these will be held as a registrant-free interchange between numerous established virtual chat rooms.
Saturday begins with the Maurice Albin Keynote Lecture by Dr. Edith Hamel, an expert in the area of the neurovascular unit. Dr. Hamel’s talk will be about Modulation of Cerebral Hemodynamic Responses by Brain States and Pathology, followed by a general session on Vascular Dementia, Cardiovascular Disease, and Perioperative Outcome.
Also on Saturday, Women in Neuroanesthesiology and Neuroscience Education and Research (WINNER) is featured. In the afternoon, Dr. Max Kelz, Chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee, has organized the first Best of Meeting oral presentation awards in basic and clinical/translational neuroscience during the first poster session. This session will be organized virtually such that members can asynchronously move between abstract topic categories and presenters, allowing for individualized viewing. Live Q&A with the poster author will follow the presentation.
After the poster session, the second general session will take place, entitled Microbiome, Neuroinflammation and POCD.
Sunday morning will begin with the best of abstract basic science and poster presentations, followed by the balance of the second poster session. The timing of this poster session at the beginning of the day is centered on increasing the ease of members around the world in participating in a live Q & A session following each poster presentation. The third general session of the meeting, which is entitled Prevention and Management of Perioperative Stroke and Role of the Neurovascular Unit, ends the Sunday morning program.
In the afternoon, the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (JNA) Year in Review session will be moderated by Dr. Martin Smith. SNACC’s Business Meeting and award presentations directly follow, including the presentation by the recipient of the John D. Michenfelder New Investigator Award.
The program this year is filled with a great lineup of speakers and experts and we are confident this Annual Meeting will meet your expectations of high quality and diverse scientific programming.
*Maintenance of Certification in AnesthesiologyTM program and MOCA® are registered trademarks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®. MOCA 2.0® is a trademark of the American Board of Anesthesiology®.