Global Outreach with the Newsletter
Girija Prasad Rath, MD, DM
It seems it will take some more time for the scary impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to diminish from people's minds, and for normalcy to return. Hence, the decision to hold the SNACC Annual Meeting from 10-12 September 2021 in a virtual format for the second consecutive year, was made.
We will have to wait for one more year to meet in person at Seattle, WA in 2022. However, I am sure it won't deter the participants from enjoying the upcoming virtual scientific extravaganza to the fullest, as it is a new norm in a pandemic scenario.
The program chair, Dr. Alana Flexman, and her team have prepared a scientific schedule extended over three days. Dr. Gelareh Zadeh, a neurosurgeon as well as a renowned clinical and translational researcher in neuro-oncology, will deliver ‘The Maurice Albin Keynote Lecture’ for the meeting. She will be speaking on ‘Metabolites in Brain Tumors and the Blood-Brain Barrier'. We are certainly going to benefit from her expertise and experience. A detailed synopsis of her research focus has been highlighted in this issue of the newsletter.
There are plenty of interesting articles and stories contributed by neuroanesthesia experts and academic leaders in this edition of the newsletter. The interview of Michael Devinney, MD, PhD, the 2020 William Young Research Awardee, provides an idea of the impact of this award on the ongoing research work of the winner.
The regularly featured ‘International News’ section of the newsletter helps achieve the goals of SNACC global outreach based on communication of academic/scientific messages and improvising global membership drive. In this issue, there are four contributions from the educational leaders of The Netherland, Denmark, Colombia, and Thailand who have given an insight into the neuroanesthesia and/or neurocritical care activities in their respective countries. Moreover, we continue to publish selected articles from each issue of the newsletter in Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese translations to improve the outreach efforts.
I hope you enjoy this pre-meeting issue of the newsletter and look forward to seeing you online during the meeting.