On behalf of the leadership of SNACC, I would like to invite all of you to attend the Society´s 44th Annual Meeting on October 20-21 at the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. Besides the opportunity to meet with friends and scientific partners in this midwest venue on Lake Michigan, the program offers a variety of  attractive topics. The Program Planning Committee, led by Dr. Jeff Pasternak, 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. The Thursday Program follows:


 Two Symposia on Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Basic Science Symposium: Neuroinflammation Following Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Clinical Science Symposium: Update on Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Emergency Neurologic Life Support Workshop with certification in ENLS
  • Two Hands-on Airway Workshops, oriented to specific airway issues in neuroanesthesia and offering MOCA 2.0™
  • Mentoring Session for Trainees - Career Development Workshop: How to Craft a Successful Grant Proposal

Thursday evening brings the traditional Dinner Symposium, an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and to learn more about advances in epilepsy surgery, organized by Dr. Rafi Avitsian.   

On Friday morning, SNACC will honor one of the founders of our society with the third annual Maurice Albin Keynote Lecture. This year the lecture will be given by Clare E. Elwell, PhD of University College of London. She will be speaking on the topic of Novel Applications for Optical-based Brain Monitoring Technologies.

The first Mini Symposium will discuss Anesthetic Neurotoxicity in Kids - Update on the Evidence and will be moderated by Dr. Sol Soriano. The second Mini Symposium is dedicated to the topic of Novel Developments in Neurophamacology and will be moderated by Dr. Dhanesh Gupta.  The Third Mini Symposium will be an interesting clinically-oriented discussion on Clinical Curveballs in Neuroanesthesia and willinvolve electronic audience participation.  Between the three Mini Symposia we will have our two Poster Sessions and our Business Lunch, including the presentations of the annual SNACC Awards. New for this year, we are conducting a Neuroanesthesiology Topics Review for trainees during the business meeting luncheon. The traditional Wine and Cheese Reception and the meeting of the SIGs (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, the Sensational Sandra Peterson, Stewart Hinckley, Teri Allanson and Dana Gibson for their support in preparing and staging the 2016 Annual Meeting. Sincere thanks again to the corporate sponsors for their support of our 2016 Annual Meeting. 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 44th Annual Meeting of SNACC during which we will continue our fundraising campaign for the William L. Young Award, intended to aid in the development of young investigators. The first William L. Young Award will be presented this year and the recipient announced at the meeting. This first award will be modest and we hope and expect it to grow in its size and impact, a fitting tribute to the memory of Bill Young. 

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,


W. Andrew Kofke, MD, MBA, FCCM, FNCS

P.S.  The Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care Society of Great Britain and Ireland (NACCSGBI) http://naccsgbi.org/ has decided to plan their scientific 2017 Annual Meeting in collaboration with SNACC. The NACCSGBI Annual Scientific Meeting will take place on May 19-20, 2017. The venue for this meeting is the well known Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) in Savoy Place in London overlooking the River Thames. The goal is to bring fruitful scientific and clinical sessions beyond physical borders and across the Atlantic Ocean to discuss similarities and differences in practices and to learn from each other’s experiences. The SNACC board is in communication with the organizing committee to plan a fantastic meeting, so please plan ahead to attend.

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