Upcoming meeting

Waking Up - brain systems and recovery from anesthesia
February 9-11, 2011
Emory Conference Center, Atlanta, GA


Wednesday, February 9th

Arrival of participants

6:00 PM– 7:00 PM Opening Reception, Drawing Room

7:00 PM– 9:00 PM Opening Dinner, Drawing Room

All workshop participants are asked to arrive in time to for dinner.  We ask that you arrange your travel logistics accordingly.    To accommodate delayed arrivals we will arrange an informal buffet at the conference center.   Dinner is considered an important component of the meeting as we will use the time to review the meeting goals.    The dinner is also the part of the agenda where time is allotted for individual introductions.  We will begin the topical sessions first thing Thursday morning. 

Thursday, February 10th

6:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast, Dining Room

All general meeting sessions will be held in the Mountain Laurel Room.  The breakout rooms are:  Birch, Poplar and Magnolia Rooms

8:45 AM – Welcome and opening remarks by organizers

9:00 AM – 10:45 AM Session 1 - What Do We Know About Regaining Consciousness?  Observations from Humans

9:00 – 9:20 Recovering from Surgical Anesthesia – what happens when? Divya Chander
9:20 – 9:40 Waking from Coma in the ICU – what does it look like? Jan Claassen
9:40 – 10:00 Awaking from Sleep and Emergence from Unconsciousness – Similar or Different?   David Rye
10:00 -10:45 General discussions led by Robert Pearce

10:45 AM – 11:10 AM Morning Break

11:10 AM – 12:50 PM Session 2 –What does the transition from unconsciousness to consciousness reveal about the organization of NS function?  Lessons from experimental studies.  

11:10 – 11:30 An historical perspective - Nick Franks
11:30 – 11:50 A systems perspective – George Mashour
11:50 – 12:10 An energetics perspective Fahmeed Hyder
12:10 – 12:30 A comparative evolutionary perspective Paul Shaw
12:30 – 12:50 General discussion led by Irene Tracey

12:50 -2:00 PM Lunch

2:00 PM- 3:40 PM Session 3 - Failing to ‘wake –up’ – what goes wrong?

2:00 – 2:20 – Lessons from the failure to emerge from anesthesia – Paul Garcia
2:20 – 2:40 – Lessons from brain insults – Niko Schiff
2:40 – 3:00 – Rather than watching or waiting should there be intervening? -  Tim Buchman
3:00 – 3:40 – General Discussion led by Helene Benveniste

3:40 PM – 4:00 PM – Afternoon Break

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Break out sessions

The break out session are the real heart of the workshop.   The workshop co-chairs have asked 4 discussion leaders to pose a question on the white board during the afternoon break.    Workshop participants can sign up to join a particular working group (final make-up of the groups may be subject to some re-balancing by the co-chairs).   We will have white boards and flip charts available in each breakout room.    The goal of each group is to be ready to present a research agenda on their topic – the things we really need to know and how we might go about knowing them.   We are talking “big questions here” not research details.   The groups will be asked to present first thing next morning.

Break out discussion leaders: Anthony Hudetz, Max Kelz, Michael Alkire, Emery Brown

6:15 PM – Depart for evening reception at the home of Tim and Barbara – it is very close to the Emory Inn so walkers are invited to walk – transportation provided for those preferring not to walk.

6:30 PM – 9:30 PM – Reception and buffet

Friday, February 11th

6:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast, Dining Room

All general meeting sessions will be held in the Mountain Laurel Room. 

8:45 AM – Call to order – remarks by organizers
9:00 AM – Break out groups report – discussion
10:45 AM – Morning break
11:00 AM – Final discussions about future directions.
12:30 PM – Lunch and departures, Dining Room