SNACC 46th Annual Meeting Recap

By Chanannait Paisansathan, MD
SNACC Vice President for Education and Scientific Affairs

Dr. Sharma
Chanannait Paisansathan, MD

The SNACC 46th Annual Meeting in San Francisco was a huge success. We had exceeded the previous record of participants in 2017. The total participants in 2018 were 355. Program Chair and President-Elect Dr. Deepak Sharma organized spectacular programs, including the first time having a Maurice Albin Keynote Speaker who is a Nobel laureate.Thank you to all who attended. The new and exciting format of the SNACC 47th Annual Meeting is underway. We cannot wait to see you soon in Phoenix, Arizona!

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Highlights of the Program Included:

Thursday Colloquium

  • A Neurotrauma Symposium was held, where leading researchers from across the world such as Drs. Monica S. Vavilala, Ramon R. Diaz-Arrastia, Gary M. Fiskum, William M. Armstead, Alexis F. Turgeon, and Raiikka Takala presented their findings and ongoing work both in basic and clinical sciences in traumatic brain injury. The session ended with a panel on global TBI care with experts from different part of the world (Drs. Hari Hara Dash, Veerle De Sloovere, Ruquan Han, Niels Juul and Masahiko Kawaguchi) sharing their perspective and management. The session attracted many participants and drew such a lively discussion.
  • Career Development sessions focused on two themes this year: Career Development for Physician Educators and Career Development for Young Investigators. Dr. Karen J. Souter discussed the principle of how to get promoted and what is needed in an academic physician portfolio. Dr. David M. Gaba talked about using a simulation as a tool. Dr. Elizabeth H. Sinz emphasized the importance of research and how to get published in medical education. Lastly, Dr. Adrian W. Gelb discussed the mentorship for career advancement as a medical educator. The later session was the Career Development for Young Investigators. Dr. Edward R. Mariano talked about using social media to advance a research career. Dr. Stacie G. Deiner gave an outstanding talk on looking outside the box and how to obtain non-conventional research funding. The session ended with Dr. Gregory J. Crosby talking about the art of negotiation.
  • An airway workshop was organized according to MOCA 2.0. The didactic lecture focused on airway management in neurosurgical patients before moving on to an interactive workshop. Dr. Rafi Avitsian and Dr. Lauren C. Berkow organized the sessions.
  • This year, we also had the Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) course. This session is held every two years. As usual when we have this session, it was well-attended. The topics were an acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, traumatic spine injury, elevated intracranial pressure, spinal cord compression, status epilepticus, coma and meningitis.

The Thursday evening dinner symposium on subarachnoid hemorrhage was organized by Dr. Chanannait Paisansathan. The discussion included recent data from SAH International Trials Lists Data repository by Dr. Loch MacDonald, the initial acute brain injury phase in the first 72 hours after SAH by Dr. James C Toner and the fascinating discussion by Dr. Arthur Lam on transcranial doppler and SAH. The dinner was well attended. We thank Masimo Corporation for their continued generous support of this annual event.

The Friday program started with an explosive talk from a Nobel laureate. The Maurice Albin Keynote Lecture was delivered by Dr. Thomas Südhof, who is a renowned neuroscientist from Stanford University. Dr. Südhof received the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2013 for his work on vesicle trafficking. His talk was on “Using Human Neurons to Explore the Molecular Mechanisms of Neuropsychiatric Disorders.” It was informative and in-depth for the latest development in neuroscience. The first mini-symposium focused on frontiers in neuroscience with Dr. Edward Chang lecturing on “Dissecting the Functional Representations of Human Speech Cortex” and Dr. Jeffrey J. Lliff on “Glymphatic Function During Sleep and Anesthesia: Implications for Ischemic and Traumatic Brain Injury.” Dr. Chang demonstrated the latest discovery of the brain cortex connectivity. (It was my first time learning that there is a brain cortex that orchestrated the meaning of music.) Dr. Lliff showed the real-time gymphatic functions in the brain. This finding obviously will lead to more work in this field of anesthetic implication and possible other mechanisms for postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD).

The second mini-symposium was the first time SNACC highlighted WINNER (Women in Neuroanesthesia and Neuroscience Education and Research). Drs. Deborah J. Culley and Kristin R. Engelhard were introduced to the WINNER circle and mentors. Dr. Culley shared with us her career investigating perioperative cognition, her challenges and triumphs. Dr. Engelhard gave a wonderful talk on biphasic anesthetic effects after neuronal damage.

The poster sessions this year, under the leadership of Dr. Alana Flexman, incorporated the new presentation format which includes the short slides presentation. This new format received excellent feedback from attendees and will be included as the option for abstract presentation in the poster sessions at the 2019 Annual Meeting. The afternoon sessions started with the Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology "Year in Review" by Dr. Martin Smith and followed with outstanding new sciences, the mini-symposium on “Endovascular Management of Cerebrovascular Disease: Recent Advances and Controversies.” Dr. Jeffrey J. Pasternak discussed the newer interventional neuroradiology procedures and anesthetic implications. Dr. Christoph N. Seubert talked about the neuromonitoring in interventional neuroradiology, and lastly, Dr. Ugan Reddy discussed the need for neuro ICU after the newer procedures in neurosurgery.

Other Highlights:

  • Congratulations to all travel award winners.
  • The Michenfelder New Investigator Award this year went to Dr. Shanshan Wang, for the work entitled “NeuronTargeted Caveolin 1 Promotes Neuronal Plasticity in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease.”
  • The William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award went to Dr. Umeshkumar Athiraman from the University of St. Louis with the research entitled, “The Role of Isoflurane Conditioning on Cognitive Function Following Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.”
  • The Distinguished Service Award went to Dr. Gregory Crosby.
  • The Teacher of the Year Lifetime Education Award went to Dr. Martin Smith.

Masimo award

Masimo Corporation was honored for being a Gold Sponsor as well as the Dinner Symposium sponsor. Accepting the award is Tim Haggerty (left) presented by Jeffrey Pasternak, MD (right).

We would like to thank all sponsors who continue their support for our Annual Meeting. Masimo Corporation was the Gold Exhibitor and dinner symposium sponsor. Exhibitors were Adaptec Medical Devices, Chiesi USA, Inc., KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America Inc., SmartTots, and Wolters Kluwer Health.

Special thanks to the Center for Consciousness Science at the University of Michigan and the University of Washington Division of Neuroanesthesiology and Perioperative Neuroscience for the Maurice Albin Keynote Speaker. An educational grant was also provided by Cerenovus.

The SNACC 2019 Annual Meeting will be in Phoenix, Arizona on September 12-14. Plans are underway and the details of scientific programs will be included in upcoming newsletters. See you there!

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