SNACC 43rd Annual Meeting

On behalf of the leadership of SNACC, I would like to invite all of you to attend the Society´s 43rd Annual Meeting on October 22-23 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California. Besides the opportunity to meet with friends and scientific partners in this sun-filled environment, the program offers a variety of attractive topics. The Program Planning Committee, led by Dr. George Mashour, has succeeded in creating a program that is interesting for both clinicians and neuroscientists. Over the last few years, SNACC has offered an increasing number of workshops and symposia on Thursday afternoon, which have been well attended due to the outstanding quality of these events. To address the desire for more mentorship, Dr. Chanannait Paisansathan organized a Mentoring Session for Trainees. Those who are more interested in basic science topics can attend the Basic Science Symposium on Anesthetic Neurotoxicity in the Young and the Elderly.  For those more interested in clinical care a Clinical Care Symposium on Chronic Pain and the Neurosurgery patient that will be moderated by Dr. Irene Osborn.

Thursday evening brings the traditional Dinner Symposium, an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and to learn more about Contemporary Multimodal Monitoring of the Brain organized by Dr. Jeffery Pasternak. 

On Friday morning, SNACC will honor one of the founders of our society with the second annual Maurice Albin Keynote Lecture. This year the lecture, co-sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Science, University of Michigan, will be given by Dr. Michael Alkire on the topic of Consciousness and Anesthesia. . The first Mini Symposium will discuss Neurologic Complications in the Perioperative Period and will be moderated by Dr. Adrian Gelb. The second Mini Symposium is dedicated to the topic of the Unresponsive Patient and will be moderated by Dr. Max Kelz and is also co-sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Science, University of Michigan. The third Mini Symposium will be moderated by Dr. Gregory Crosby on the topic of The Perioperative Home and Neurosurgical Patients: Promises and Pitfalls.  Between the three Mini Symposia we will have our two Poster Sessions and our Business Lunch, including the presentations of the annual SNACC awards. The traditional Wine and Cheese Reception and the meeting of the SIG (special interest groups) will conclude the evening.

For this program SNACC has invited many national and international speakers who have taken 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 2015 Annual Meeting. Sincere thanks again to the corporate sponsors for their support of our 2015 Annual Meeting. In these times of significant financial constraints, their commitment to SNACC is very much appreciated. 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 43rd Annual Meeting of SNACC during which we will launch a fundraising campaign for the William Young Award, intended to aid in the development of young investigators. I hope you enjoy this year´s Annual Meeting and I look forward to seeing each of you. Please contact any member of the Board of Directors before, during, or after the meeting if you have any questions or comments about how to get involved in SNACC.

Sincerely yours,

Deborah J. Culley, MD
SNACC President


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