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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2  

The story of the International Neuroanesthesia Symposium

Department of Anaesthesia, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication23-Aug-2011

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Mohamad Said Maani Takrouri
Department of Anaesthesia, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/0259-1162.84169

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In 2008, the first International Neuroanesthesia Symposium (INAS) was held at King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh [Figure 1]. Its main objective was to discuss Neuroanesthesia, the relatively new and upcoming branch of anesthesia, in the Arabic region. There were many participants from various countries and included doctors, (anesthesiologists, intensivists), nurses, neuroradiologists and anesthesia technologists. World-renowned figures in Neuroanesthesia from Canada, India and the Arab world participated in the academic deliberations for 3 days. The main thrust of the symposium was to focus on recent advances in the field of Neuroanesthesia. The participants interacted with one another to enliven the academic environment. The presentations and standard of debate from the delegates made it extremely interesting.
Figure 1: The poster of the first International Neuroanesthesia Symposium, 2008

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Three years after the symposium, its echoes are still reverberating in the academic circles - regional as well as international. This landmark symposium opened new vistas of cooperation between the local Neuroanesthesiologists and the Neuroanesthesia authorities in the rest of the world. This bonhomie is becoming stronger with each passing day and is set to scale new highs in the near future. The organizers aptly named this symposium as the INAS because of overwhelming attendance from various countries, with American, Canadian, Indian, Pakistani, Filipino, South African, Egyptian, Syrian, Palestinian and Saudi (host) participants.

At the end of the symposium, the organizers conceptualized the creation of a Neuroanesthesia Society in Saudi Arabia. However, during the debate on the issue of establishing a Saudi Neuroanesthesia Society, some eminent figures from the organizers pointed out the already existent Saudi Neuroscience Society. This Neurosciences forum encompassed all the other branches of neuroscience and, therefore, the organizers of INAS rightly decided to become a part of the parent Neurosciences Society.

It goes without saying that Neuroanesthesia is rapidly emerging in an exponential manner. A trained Neuroanesthesiologist makes significant contribution to the successful outcome of a neurosurgical patient. Now, INAS has the opportunity and responsibility to reflect upon a unique situation in the Middle East, where neuroscience and neuroanesthesia are emerging and gathering momentum with the construction of ultramodern hospitals and specially designed brain suites to perform state-of-the-art Neurosurgery. These advances in the neurosurgical field pose a big challenge to the anesthesiologists, who feel handicapped without proper training in Neuroanesthesia. Simultaneously, emphasis needs to laid on the creation of support services such as Neurophysiology and Neuropathology to encourage quality research by the budding Neuroanesthesiologists.

This emerging superspecialty is making rapid strides in other parts of the world, and has stamped its authority inside the Neurosurgical operation room as well as the Neuro Intensive Care Unit. While we were organizing the first INAS, the Indian society of Neuroanaesthesiology and Critical Care (ISNACC) had already grown up and held its 10 th symposium, and the Asian Society for Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care (ASNACC) was taking its roots [Figure 2] and [Figure 3]. Both aimed at gathering scientific information and spreading the culture of Neuroanesthesia by encouraging research, education and cooperation in this field. To further the cause of neuroanesthesia, the ISNACC, to its credit, could convince the concerned medical authorities of India and succeeded in starting Neuroanesthesia residency, which is running smoothly at two bigger hospitals in India. For better patient care and safety, the ISNACC is striving to start a similar residency program in other eligible hospitals also.
Figure 2: 12th Indian and 2nd Asian conferences on neuroanesthesia and intensive care, 2011

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Figure 3: Professors P. Bithal (left) and M.S.M. Takrouri (right) in the Habitat Center, New Delhi, February 25, 2011 in the Joint Meeting of the Indian and Asian Societies Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care

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Following INAS, we decided to hold a series of conferences/symposia regularly in the region of the Arabian Middle East, highlighting the significance of Neuroanesthesia, to exchange notes and promote academics among the local anesthesiologists. Today, we are proud to have opened three lines of communications between Canada, India and other countries of Asia on the occasion of the Joint Conference of the 12 th Annual Conference of ISNACC and the 2 nd ASNACC. The purpose of joining the ASNACC was welcomed by the Executive Committee of Asian Neuroanesthesia. We have taken a small step and now we must take a giant leap by joining the critical mass of Neuroanesthesiologists who are already holding meetings on continuous medical education in Neuroanesthesia and also to foster better relationships among Asian countries. We strongly believe that in the Arabic region, INAS could be the vital link between the east and the west.


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