We hope you have been staying safe and are able to enjoy the summer with your loved ones amidst this unprecedented pandemic. As is often necessary in medicine, SNIS is pivoting to realize a positive outcome from less than ideal circumstances. Our 17th Annual Meeting, which was scheduled to be held in San Diego, is adapting to become a virtual event from August 4 to 7 with a combination of live and taped sessions. We invite you to pivot right along with us!
While the stage may have changed, our mission and our commitment to neurointervention remains the same. That is why we are taking great care and applying our best thinking to bring our attendees engagement opportu-nities throughout the meeting that will focus on the advancements in our field and explain the many new ways our expertise and tools can save lives.
From thought-provoking sessions to visionary abstracts to a variety of discussion forums positioned to challenge our status quo, this year’s Annual Meeting promises to educate, engage and inspire — even through your computer screens. We are pleased to welcome new partners in scientific programming this year: the AANS/CNS Joint Cerebrovascular Section, the European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ESMINT) and the Australian & New Zealand Society of Neuroradiology (ANZSNR). These active members of the program committee are bringing a wealth of ideas and energy to the meeting.
As always, we will create multiple opportunities for you to share your perspective with both the leadership and membership of our society. And we hope that although we will be apart, you will continue to experience the foundational connections that advance the relationships, science and innovation so critical to the success of our field and the patients who rely on neurointerventional surgery. As always, we will spotlight the annual Luminary Lecture (which has a new name!), this year provided by Van Halbach, MD, FSNIS.
Once again, we will spotlight a patient with the Amy Walters Lecture, this year given by Todd Aho, MD. This endowed lectureship allows us to hear from one patient at the SNIS Annual Meeting & the ESMINT Annual Meeting each year for inspiration, and to remind us why we entered this field of medicine.
We encourage you to join the discussion on Twitter and Instagram using #SNIS2020, including sharing insights from sessions and engaging with your peers online throughout the week of innovation. Our social media team will be live reporting from the conference via Facebook (@SNISOnline), Instagram (@SNIS_info) and Twitter (@SNISinfo). Please follow along and offer your comments and questions.All SNIS activities require the contributions, resources and enthusiasm of many to keep the wind in our sails, but the effort behind the planning and hosting of the SNIS Annual Meeting truly necessitates an all hands on deck approach. For their enduring presence and partnership mentality, we pay special tribute to our loyal industry friends whose passion for our work is boundless and support of our cause makes so much possible. Thank you for your contributions day in and day out and for your support of the SNIS 17th Annual Meeting.
See you online in August!