Welcome Message

Welcome to SNACC’s 48thAnnual Meeting, the second stand-alone meeting since the 1989 winter conference. The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this activity for a maximum of 15.25AMA 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 pre-recorded 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 that members may have 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, members will have opportunity to move freely in Tracks 2 & 3. 

First, there is the Crisis Management Didactic Course* moderated by Drs. Rafi Avitsian and Andy Kofke with speakers Drs. Amie Hoefnagel, John Bebawy, Chanhung Lee, Rafi Avitsian, and Jamie Uejima who will discuss patient safety issues in complex neurosurgery.

The second option on Friday morning is devoted to research faculty and junior researchers who will consider the Basic Science of the Neurovascular Unit (NVU). This session is moderated by Drs. William Armstead and Piyush Patel and considers the anatomy, physiology, and translational aspects of the NVU in stroke and traumatic brain injury. Speakers are Drs. William Pearce, Eng Lo, Courtney Robertson, and Louise McCullough.

The final Friday morning session is a Clinical Science session moderated by Drs. Deepak Sharma and Alana Flexman, with presenters Drs. Virginia Newcomb, Andrea Kurz, Vincent Bonhomme, Alexandra Kisilevsky, and Lauren Dunn. Friday closes with a Trainee Engagement Session with SNACC past presidents and thought leaders. Coincident with the latter session will be opportunity for member socialization. Both of these will be held via member free interchange between numerous virtual chat rooms that will be established.

Saturday begins with the Maurice Albin Keynote lecture by Dr. Edith Hamel, an expert in the area of the neurovascular unit. Her talk will be about Modulation of Cerebral Hemodynamic Responses by Brain States and Pathology. This will be followed by a general session on Vascular Dementia, Cardiovascular Disease, and Perioperative Outcome moderated by Drs. Monica Vavilala and Roderic Eckhenoff, with speakers Drs. Helene Benveniste, Niccolo Terrando, Andre Denault, and Deborah Culley.

Also, on Saturday, Women in Neuroanesthesiology and Neuroscience Education and Research (WINNER) is featured, with a talk by Dr. Amy Pearson, moderated by Drs. Laurel Moore and Marie Angele Théard.

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 to be presented 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 Micobiome, Neuroinflammation and POCD moderated by Drs. Ines Koerner and Paul Garcia. Presentations will be given by Drs. Colm Cunningham, and Guang Yang.

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 NVU, will follow the poster session. It is moderated by Drs. Piyush Patel and Tumul Chowdhury. This session contains three presentations by Drs. Paco Herson, Philip Vlisides, and Marko Mrkobrada.

In the afternoon, the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology will hold a session entitled “Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic: International Panel Discussion of Neuroanesthesia and Neurocritical Care Responses to the Pandemic.” This session will have a live discussion moderated by Drs. Alana Flexman and 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. It is important for us to make sure that your needs are met. Please alert me or anyone on the program committee if there is anything that we can do to improve your Annual Meeting experience. On behalf of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee and the SNACC Board of Directors, I look forward to welcoming you to our first virtual Annual Meeting.

William Armstead, PhD
Chair, Program Planning Committee
Vice President for Education and Scientific Affairs

*Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ program and MOCA® are registered trademarks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®. MOCA 2.0® is a trademark of the American Board of Anesthesiology®.