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IARS 2018 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium
Improving Health Through Discovery and Education
April 28 – May 1, 2018, Chicago, Illinois

Be An Active Participant in Improving Patient Care During 5 Symposia

Saturday, April 28, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
AUA Symposium: Mitochondria and Bioenergetics in Health and Disease: It’s Not Just a Power Failure!
with Drs. Paul S. Brookes, Elizabeth A. Jonas, Y.S. Prakash, Douglas L. Rothman, and Douglas C. Wallace

Mitochondria are well-known as the cell’s powerhouse. They are also the source of reactive oxygen species that influence physiological functions, homeostasis, signal transduction, inflammation, survival, and bioenergetics in the context of disease that, in turn, modulates mitochondrial structure and function. This symposium will investigate the important questions relating to mitochondria and bioenergetics that impact the perioperative environment.

Saturday, April 28, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
SAGA Symposium: Perioperative Care of the Frail or High-Risk Older Patient: Current Knowledge and Future Directions
with Drs. Faraj W. Abdallah, Manoj M. Lalu, Daniel I. McIsaac, and Hannah M. Wunsch

Older patients require a unique approach to their perioperative care, are likely to have multimorbidity, often have impaired organ function which impacts pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and may face significant cognitive, functional and psychosocial impairments. Attend this important session and evaluate the current state of knowledge regarding the epidemiology and clinical impact of our aging population and the presence of perioperative frailty.

Sunday, April 29, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
CAS Symposium: Social Accountability: How Can Anesthesiology Face the Challenge?
with Drs. Alika Lafontaine, Stuart Iglesias, Susan S. O’Leary, Beverley A. Orser, Pavithra Ranganathan, Brian Spain, and Ruth Wilson

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines the social accountability of a medical school as the obligation to direct their education, research and service of activities toward addressing the priority health concerns of the community, region and/or nation that they are mandated to serve. A priority health concern is access to safe and timely anesthesia care; however, even affluent counties such as the United States, Canada and Australia face serious challenges in providing anesthesia care in rural and remote communities. Departments of anesthesia, including those in academic institutions, are major stakeholders in the development of health care policies and the training of physician-led anesthesia care teams to support the surgical and obstetric needs of rural and remote communities. The presenters in this symposium will offer insights from their own experiences and discuss how to better deliver and expand anesthesia services to ensure excellence in clinical care, research and education in remote areas.

Monday, April 30, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
A&A Symposium: Acute Kidney Injury in the Perioperative Period: From Bench to Bedside
with Drs. Azra Bihorac, Eric Hoste, John A. Kellum, and Alexander Zarbock

The incidence of perioperative acute kidney injury (AKI) is more common than previously recognized especially in high-risk patients undergoing higher risk procedures. The growing number of patients who develop perioperative AKI is related, in part, to the aging population and increase in the number of individuals with chronic co-morbidities particularly those with pre-morbid chronic kidney disease. Despite the acceptance of standardization in the definition of AKI, clinicians routinely under-diagnose AKI and fail to appreciate that it is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality. This symposium will cover the role of novel damage biomarkers and new therapy strategies to prevent surgery-associated AKI.

Monday, April 30, 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Symposium: A Primer on Glial Cells for the Anesthesiologist: Functional Contribution to Stroke, Pain, Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction, and Alzheimer’s Disease
with Drs. Michelle L. James, Ines P. Koerner, Vivianne Tawfik, and Niccolo P. Terrando

Constituting over 70% of cells in the central nervous system (CNS), glial cells in their homeostatic states contribute to synaptic pruning, neurotransmission and immune surveillance. CNS glial cells (including microglia and astrocytes) may become activated in response to injury, resulting in the release of factors that influence synaptic transmission and ultimately alter neuronal circuits. Attend this important symposium and identify the basic mechanisms of CNS diseases that connect many seemingly unrelated conditions and glial modulators of clinical importance.

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