“Anesthesia and the Developing Brain: Implications for Obstetrics and Pediatrics”

Anesthesiology, in conjunction with the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), is pleased to announce the 1st annual joint conference, to be held at the 2008 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting, on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, in Orlando, Florida. The purpose of this session is to highlight an important and timely topic of research that has been developed by a previous FAER Awardee. The 1st annual conference will be organized by previous FAER Awardee Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Neuroscience, University of Virginia, and James C. Eisenach, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology & Pharmacology, Wake Forest University. Dr. Jevtovic-Todorovic has pioneered the study of anesthetic effects on the developing brain, and this session will emphasize new and innovative research on this topic and its clinical relevance.

The session format will be an oral abstract presentation session in conjunction with formal lectures by two invited international experts. Abstracts for inclusion in the Anesthesiology/FAER Session will be chosen from among those submitted for presentation at the ASA’s Annual Meeting. Abstract selections will be made by the Session’s organizers. Investigators from around the world with an interest in this subject are encouraged to submit their work to the ASA for the Annual Meeting. Abstracts from both basic and clinical sciences are encouraged. Abstracts should be submitted via  the usual online process (which can be accessed via  the Web sites www.ASAhq.organd www.anesthesiology.org). Interested individuals should be sure to check the Anesthesiology/FAER Session box on the abstract submission form to be considered for inclusion in this special session. The deadline for abstract submission is March 31, 2008.

The authors of abstracts that are selected for the Session will also be offered an opportunity to submit their work to Anesthesiology, for inclusion in the special Session issue to be published in the spring of 2009.