A Glimpse into SNACC’s 46th Annual Meeting

By Deepak Sharma, MD, DM
Chair, Program Planning Committee
Vice President for Education and Scientific Affairs

Dr. Sharma
Deepak Sharma, MD, DM

On behalf of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, I am excited to share with you the highlights of the scientific program of our 46th Annual Meeting to be held in beautiful San Francisco on October 11-12, 2018. This year’s Annual Meeting has several ‘firsts’ and we have done our best to make sure there is something exciting for everyone! The meeting will have renowned speakers presenting their work on new discoveries in neuroscience as well as some hot clinical topics of interest to everyone. There are sessions that will attract the clinician educators, young investigators, clinicians, scientists and trainees!

The highlight of the meeting program is the Maurice Albin Keynote Lecture speaker. For the first time, we will have a Nobel Laureate lecture at our Annual Meeting. Dr. Thomas Südhof is a renowned neuroscientist from the Stanford University who received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2013 for his work on vesicle trafficking. He will be speaking on Using Human Neurons to Explore the Molecular Mechanisms of Neuropsychiatric Disorders.  We are looking forward to this special lecture.

But wait! There is more! Dr. Edward Chang, a neurosurgeon at UC San Francisco, whose research focuses upon the brain mechanisms for human speech, movement, and cognition will lecture on Dissecting the Functional Representations of Human Speech Cortex. Here’s a link to a neural auditory response demo from his lab: We have all been talking about the recent discovery of the Glymphatics pathway and its implications. So we have none other than Dr. Jeffrey J. Iliff from Oregon Health Sciences University to speak on Glymphatic Function During Sleep and Anesthesia: Implications for Ischemic and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Here’s the link to his TED talk:

With the outstanding new science, we also have a very interesting clinical science program to address the recent advances and controversies around Endovascular Management of Cerebrovascular Disease. The speakers in this session will discuss the Anesthetic Implications of Newer Interventional Neuroradiology Procedures (Dr. Jeffrey Pasternak), Neuromonitoring in the Interventional Neuroradiology: Necessary Nuisance? (Dr. Christoph Seubert) and Do the Patients Need a Neuro ICU after Endovascular Management of Cerebrovascular Disease? (Dr. Ugan Reddy).

There will be opportunities for everyone to present their research during the poster presentation sessions. This year, the Scientific Affairs committee is working on enhancing the presentation format to provide a superior experience to the presenters as well as attendees. Another first this year will be the JNA session moderated by the new Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Martin Smith. You will also have the opportunity to listen to Dr. Deborah Culley about her work on perioperative cognition and Dr. Kristin Engelhard about her work on neuroprotective/neurotoxic potential of anesthetic agents after neuronal injury. In parallel with the business lunch, we will have an interactive session reviewing neuroanesthesia topics moderated by Drs. Shobana Rajan and Angele Marie Theard. As always, there will be committee meetings in the morning and Special Interest Groups meetings in the evening with plenty of opportunity to network and catch up with friends.

The Thursday program is a nice mix involving something of interest for everyone. We will have a Neurotrauma Symposium where leading researchers in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) from across the world will present their latest findings and ongoing work. The speakers include clinician scientists including Drs. Monica Vavilala, Ramon Diaz-Arrastia and Alexis Turgeon-Fournier. The symposium will provide a platform for exchange of ideas and collaboration between clinical and basic scientists. The basic science experts will include Drs. Gary Fiskum, William Armstead and Riikka Takala.

In addition to this fantastic science session, this year another ‘first’ will be a Career Development Session for Physician Educators. This session will focus on strategies for career advancement for medical educators including simulation, publishing medical education research and mentorship. We are lucky to have outstanding faculty for this session – Drs. Adrian Gelb, David Gaba, Elizabeth Sinz and Karen Souter and we are sure that you will benefit from interaction with them. The Career Development Session for Young Investigators this year will address some critical issues. Dr. Greg Crosby will discuss the art of negotiation and Dr. Stacie Deiner will talk about non-conventional research funding. With the increasingly important role of social media in advancing medicine and careers, we have the wonderful opportunity to host twitter guru and Stanford anesthesiologist Dr. Edward Mariano @EMARIANOMD.

We have made sure to include hands-on workshops on Thursday and, given the tremendous success from previous years, we will again host a workshop on Airway Management in Neuroanesthesia and the Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) course. Importantly, this year, we will offer a fixed registration fee for all Thursday afternoon sessions to make it convenient for the attendees. However, you will need to pre-register for the sessions of your choice because seating will be limited. We all look forward to the dinner symposium on Thursday evening with the theme of subarachnoid hemorrhage.

The program planning committee has taken your feedback and suggestions and is
working hard to ensure a very successful conference for you! Remember we will be meeting in the city where our own dear Dr. William Young last worked. Do not forget to attend the fundraiser dinner on Friday, October 12, 7:30 pm at Palio D’Asti Restaurant ( to support the research award SNACC has created in his memory. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco.

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