49th SNACC Annual Meeting Recap
Alana M. Flexman MD, FRCPC
President-Elect and 49th Annual Meeting Chair
On September 10-12, 2021, the Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) held another successful virtual meeting. While we were hoping to see everyone in person, this was a prudent decision given ongoing waves of the pandemic. I was so impressed by the quality of the speakers, workshops, science, and engagement from our attendees!
We started the conference with several engaging and thought-provoking workshops on emerging neuroscience, professionalism, equity, diversity and inclusion, and problem-based learning sessions. The workshop sponsored by the International Council on Perioperative Neuroscience Training (ICPNT) sold out well in advance of the meeting and was a major highlight for trainees and faculty alike.
Our Maurice Albin Keynote speaker was world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Gelareh Zadeh, Chair of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Zadeh presented an incredible lecture on the role of metabolites in brain tumors and sparked a great Q&A with our audience about future research in this area and the role of anesthesia. Following the keynote lecture, we heard from Katharine Snedaker from Pink Concussions about the role of sex and gender, a fun debate on whether daycare neurosurgery is safe (jury is still out), and informative panels on anesthesia and the vulnerable brain. Also presented was the annual Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology Year in Review with Dr. Martin Smith, Editor-in-Chief.
We also showed that the challenges of the past 18 months did not impede science as seen by the over 70 abstracts presented from all around the world and our best of science presentations, including the best clinical abstract (Dr. Ankur Luthra), the best basic science abstract (Dr. Kathleen Vincent) and our previous winner of the John D. Michenfelder research award (Dr. Joseph Cichon). Congratulations to all those who presented abstracts at the meeting, and a huge thanks to Dr. Max Kelz for coordinating our scientific program.
The #SNACCpledge fundraiser this year allowed our meeting attendees to post photos of their pets (#SNACCpets) and activities (#SNACCmove). Our fundraiser was successful in raising over $7000 to support the William L. Young Research Award! The best part was getting to meet some of our colleagues’ interesting pets – notable mentions to Drs. Paisansathan, Easdown, and Rajan’s dogs, along with Dr. Hoefnagel’s chickens, Dr. Garcia's cats, and my hamster! Thanks to Dr. Paul Garcia for leading our fundraising efforts.
A huge thank you goes out to our meeting planning committee, SNACC board of directors, and all those who contributed content to our meeting, as well as to Ruggles (Stewart Hinckley, Sandra Peterson, and Matt Carpenter) for making our virtual meeting a success.
I would also like to recognize our sponsors: Gold - Chiesi, Inc, Silver -Image monitoring USA, Bronze – DWL USA, Inc. and Wolters Kluwer Health, as well as those who provided educational grants (University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Daniel C. Morrissey, and DePuy Synthes Products, Inc., Cerenovus). Thank you to all who visited the Virtual Exhibit Hall. SNACC Prize Drawing Winners: Burhan Ozturk, MD, Lucia Misquita, MD, and Sulpicio Soriano, MD.
Save the date for the big celebration: SNACC’s 50th Annual Meeting
in Seattle, Washington
We all look forward to seeing everyone in 2022 for our 50th Anniversary in Seattle, Washington. We invite all of you to come to celebrate our last 50 years and the next 50 years to come!