Conference Proceedings of ISNACC 2022



Jayati Ghosh, MD, PDCC (Neuroanesthesia)
Neuroanesthesia Clinical Fellowship, TWH, Toronto
Consultant Neuroanaesthesiologist, Medica Institute of Neurological Diseases
Kolkata, India

After a decade, the 23rd annual conference of the Indian Society of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care (ISNACC 2022) was held from 21- 23 January 2022 in Kolkata, West Bengal. The conference was held on a total virtual platform due to the ongoing third wave of the corona pandemic. For the organizing team, it was the first experience of a virtual national conference, which was attended by more than 300 delegates and faculty members of national and international repute.

On day one, the conference was inaugurated by the eminent neurosurgeon, Dr. RP Sengupta, who is also chairman and managing director of the Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata (INK), Kolkata.

The scientific session on day 1 started with Dr. Ashish Bindra speaking about “Multimodal monitoring in TBI- bench to bedside.” The first session was followed by a post-graduate (PG) symposium for fellows and DM/DrNBE students. The SAARC panel discussion was completely dedicated to different aspects of Neuroanesthesia and Neurocritical care during the covid pandemic. It was followed by an informative and practical session titled “How I do it” which emphasized on various nerve blocks for Neurosurgery and the use of a videolaryngoscope. The Prestigious ‘Harwir Singh Oration’ was delivered by Dr. Gentle Shrestha (Nepal). Session 5 was a miscellaneous topic session in which eminent international faculties delivered lectures.

A workshop on intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring (IONM) was conducted successfully on day one. Prof VK Grover memorial paper presentation was conducted, and the winners were declared. The first day ended with a PBLD session which had an interesting discussion on Covid positive patients posted for an emergency craniotomy.

Day 2, started with a session on pain medicine where Drs. Shobana Rajan (USA), Pradipta Bhakta (Ireland), Deepak Sharma (USA) spoke on topics such as post craniotomy pain and the use of regional analgesia in neurosurgery. The theme of the SNACC panel was “Envisage, Innovate and Implement in Neuroanaesthesiology and Neurocritical care,” and the same comprised of eminent international faculties Drs. Susana Vacas, Valpuri Luoma, and Amie Hoefnagel.

Prof. Malathi oration was delivered by Dr. Claude Hemphill (USA), who spoke on the evolution of management of intracerebral hemorrhage. Eminent national faculties conducted an interesting session on Neuropallitive Care and Rehabilitation. “Innovative neuro-interventional procedure – Anesthesia considerations” was the theme of the session in which Dr. Lashmi Venkat (Canada) and Dr. Francisco Lobo from Cleveland clinic Dubai were the speakers.

In this conference, various aspects of “Awake craniotomy” were discussed on all three days. A panel discussion was done on ‘Management of Spinal injury’. Day 2 had important and interesting workshops on USG in Neuroanesthesia and critical care, and EEG by prominent National speakers, which were appreciated by both students and delegates.

Day 3 started with Dr. Tumul Choudhury (Canada) speaking on the’ Effects of anesthesia on Blood-brain barrier and systemic inflammation, Dr. Anirban Hom Choudhury talked about ‘Neurocognitive dysfunction after critical illness’, and Dr. Chitra Venkat (USA) lectured on ICU management of autoimmune encephalitis. The ‘Pro and Con session’ was interesting and included topics like GA vs. Awake craniotomy and Prone vs Sitting position for posterior fossa lesions. It was followed by Prof Gode Oration, which Dr. H K Venkatesh presented on ‘Clinical utilities of biomarkers in neurocritical care’. There was also an interesting Panel Discussion on ICPNT (International Council on Perioperative Neuroscience Training); Drs. Andrew Kofke (USA), H H Dash (India), S. Rajan (USA), and R Valero (Spain) participated in it.







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