The period of 1990's was celebrated as the decade of 'The Brain'. In India, towards the end of that decade, an initiative was taken by a small group of neuroanaesthesiologists in Delhi to start a neuroanaesthesiology society, where clinicians devoted to this sub-speciality could meet and deliberate. In fact, this was the dream of many practicing neuroanaesthesiologists.
In February 1995, Prof. H. H. Dash, Head of Neuroanaesthesiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, organised the First International Symposium on Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care. That was a very successful meeting and for the first time, anaesthesiologists interested in neuroanaesthesia could interact with many distinguished international faculty. Subsequently, in 1996, Explore More
It is a great honor and privilege to shoulder the responsibility as President of ISNACC. There have been significant technological advances in the last decade in the field of neurosciences which have significantly changed our understanding of the nuances of neuroanaesthesia and critical care. Ever since its inception, ISNACC has set the highest standards in the dissemination of knowledge. Over the last few years, we have achieved several milestones that have indeed been progressive. With the efforts of our senior members DNB in Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care was started last year.
The success and future of the society to uphold the mission is in the hands of the young and enthusiastic members. There has been a significant gap in basic science research and its integration with the clinical research. This year we intend to bridge this gap. To achieve this, we shall strive to support research projects in basic sciences and encourage our members to present their scientific material at the international arena. ISNACC and SNACC have collaborated for sharing of knowledge in the field of research, and also joint travel grants for young scientists to present their clinical work.
The need for specialized training in Neurocritical care was fulfilled by offering one-year fellowship training, first of its kind in India. The successful candidates are now practicing and leading Neurocritical units which reiterates the necessity for such focused and structured training under the umbrella of ISNACC. The long-awaited need of having a neurocritical care arm of ISNACC has now come to fruition with the formation of Neurocritical care society of India.
A long pending task of having perioperative traumatic data registry is now in process. To develop guidelines and consensus statement in Neuroanaesthesia and Critical care, we need high quality research data of our own. I am pleased to inform you that this task is underway and I am positive that it will yield the expected results in the near future. Perioperative neuromonitoring has been the forte of neuroanaesthesiologists and neurointensivists. We have conducted several workshops on intraoperative neuromonitoring in the last few years and I hope that they have helped further deepen our insight in this field.
Lastly, we intend to work closely with other Neurosciences societies to expand in the field of research and training. In order to succeed in all these aspects, perseverance and team work is critical. I envision that with all our efforts, Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care will go a long way in the years to come and in the process, so shall we.
Long Live ISNACC
H Venkatesh, MD
Parmod Kumar Bithal