Welcome to SNACC 42nd Annual Meeting

On behalf of the SNACC leadership I extend a warm welcome to all attendees at the Society´s 42nd Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Besides the opportunity to meet your friends and scientific partners in an ambient surrounding, the program this year offers a huge variety of attractive topics. The Program Planning Committee, led by Dr. Andrew Kofke, has succeeded in creating a program which is interesting for clinicians as well as for neuroscientists. Over the last few years SNACC offered an increasing number of workshops and symposia on Thursday afternoon, which were well attended due to the outstanding quality of these events. To address the desire for more scientific content, Dr. George Mashour organized a Basic Science Symposium. Those who are more interested in clinical topics can attend the Emergency Neurologic Life Support (ENLS) Workshop or the Neuromonitoring Worskshop. For members who are interested in a career in clinical research, the Mentoring Session will offer helpful advice by experienced clinical researchers.

Thursday evening the traditional Dinner Symposium will be an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and to learn more about EEG. Organized by Dr. George Mashour, SNACC is grateful for a generous grant from Masimo which has helped us, in part, to finance this wonderful evening.

On Friday morning SNACC will honor one of the founders of our society with the first annual Maurice Albin Keynote Lecture. Although Dr. Maurice Albin will not be able to attend the meeting he will send us a welcome note and be connected to the meeting by internet. This lecture will be given by Dr. Dalton Deitrich and refers to one of Maurice Albin’s genuine fields of research – the spinal cord protection after injury. The first Mini Symposium will discuss the benefits and pitfalls of a personalized medicine and will offer an update on the most recent methods. The second Mini Symposium was organized together with the Neurocritical Care Society and will be dedicated to a clinical topic – the management of intraoperative catastrophes. Between both Mini Symposia we will have our two Poster Sessions and our Business Lunch, including the presentations of the annual SNACC awards. Before the traditional Wine & Cheese Reception and the meeting of the SIG (special interest groups), the audience will have the opportunity to follow a discussion between an experienced neuroanesthesiologist and neurointerventional radiologist about the most diverse topics in the treatment of patients in the neurointerventional suite.

For this program SNACC has invited many national and international speakers and I want to thank all of them for taking time from their busy schedules to share their knowledge and experience with us. I would also like to thank our management company, Ruggles Service Corporation, and in particular Sandra Peterson, Stewart Hinckley, Teri Allanson and Dana Gibson for their support in preparing and staging the 2014 Annual Meeting. Sincere thanks are of course again to the corporate sponsors for their support of our 2014 Annual Meeting. In these times of significant financial constraints, their commitment to SNACC is very much appreciated. Without them it would not be possible to organize a meeting like the present one. So please take the opportunity to visit the exhibitors to learn more about their interesting products.

Finally, I want to thank you all for attending the Annual Meeting and creating the big event everybody is looking forward to during the year. You create the special “SNACC atmosphere” that involves the joy of meeting good friends, having fruitful scientific discussions, and experiencing new clinical insights. I hope that you will enjoy this year´s Annual Meeting and I look forward to seeing you. Please contact me or any members of the Board of Directors during the meeting if you have any questions or comments about SNACC.

Sincerely yours,

Kristin Engelhard, MD, PhD
SNACC President

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