Rafi_AvitsianWEB.jpgAs the program chair of the SNACC 2017 Annual Meeting, and on behalf of the executive committee of your society, I would like to extend an enthusiastic invitation to Boston to participate in an exceptional scientific meeting that we have prepared for you. The 45th Annual Meeting of SNACC will take place in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center on October 19-20, 2017. During the last few years, record-breaking attendances have further encouraged our best effort to aim for even higher quality meetings. The SNACC leadership has carefully reviewed and considered evaluations and feedback from you and is determined to implement suggestions that you have sent. In particular, we aim to have more interactive sessions and sufficient time for discussions. Converting to the electronic poster has been welcomed by the attendees as a means of having more time to review and submit comments and questions. The social media such as Twitter reaches its peak of activity by allowing communication and exchanging ideas about the hot topics during the meeting.

The basic science symposium this year will be a discussion on intravenous fluid therapy in the neurologically impaired. On the clinical side, we will host a symposium on neuromonitoring with some of the experts in our field. Drs. Paisansathan and Armstead have planned a mentoring session as part of the career development talks. Thursday workshops have also proven to be successful during the meeting, especially with our ongoing effort in offering MOCA 2.0 credits for attending them. This year there will be a hands-on workshop about use of ultrasound in the operating room and neurocritical care setting with a special focus on neurosurgical patients. We will also have an educational workshop about simulation in neuroanesthesia that will focus on how to write and program simulations specifically for neurocritical and neurosurgical cases. The dinner symposium planned by Dr. Sharma will be about the use of EEG with a focus on improving outcomes and will include talks by experts on intraoperative monitoring.

As you may have noticed from the poster, the theme of SNACC ‘s Annual Meeting this year is ‘brains and machines’. This theme extends beyond monitoring the brain and includes direct brain-machine interaction. The main session will start with the Maurice Albin Keynote lecture by Dr. Ole Isacson about neuroregeneration. The first mini-symposium will mainly discuss the core theme by talks about restorative neurosurgery, using models for brain-computer interface and brain-machine interface. We will also enjoy visiting the commercial booths to see what innovative ideas they bring to our specialties. The poster session is again electronic and we look forward to seeing the results of our scientific abstract selection committee in bringing us the best academic efforts of the participants.

During the business lunch there will also be a concomitant special session for the students, residents and fellows; Drs. Paisansathan and Rajan have planned an exciting educational session for these valuable members. The second mini-symposium will include two talks focusing on perioperative coagulation and anticoagulation, introducing the novel anticoagulants and the need for and methods of reversing them in the perioperative period. In the “New Science” portion of the program, an update about new findings in anesthesia for endovascular treatment of ischemic strokes will be discussed. We are all looking forward to a healthy discussion after the GOLIATH and SIESTA trials. The scientific program will come to an end with a plenary session by John Hartung, PhD, who will bring his vast experience of many years as the associate editor of the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology to give us insight into reading and doing neuroscience research.

This year again there will be a William L. Young Award to the best research abstract, but the board of directors would like to remind everyone that continuity of this award is greatly dependent on donations to the William L. Young Neuroscience Research Fund. The William L. Young Award dinner during the Annual Meeting last year was an opportunity for some members to renew memories, meet new friends and socialize in a lively environment for a scientific cause. This year the organizers are investigating possibilities of organizing a similar event. Regardless, we encourage all to contribute to the William L. Young Fund and encourage quality neuroscience research.

See you all in Boston,


Rafi Avitsian, MD

2017 SNACC Annual Meeting Program Chair



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