Dear Neurotrauma Colleagues:
On the behalf of the National Neurotrauma Society, it is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to attend the 35th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium, Neurotrauma 2017, to be held at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, in Snowbird, UT on July 9-12th, 2017. Since its inception, this symposium has brought together scientists, clinicians, and health-care providers who are dedicated to the study of neurotrauma and to translating knowledge generated by research into improved patient care. Join your colleagues and initiate new collaborations at the premier forum for information related to traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury in the setting of a gorgeous mountain resort. The theme for Neurotrauma 2017 is “Elevating Discovery...Elevating Care.”
As in previous years, I am honored to announce that Neurotrauma 2017 will be co-hosted by the National Neurotrauma Society and the American Association Neurological Surgeons/CNS Joint Section on Neurotrauma and Critical Care. This combination of expertise allows for presentations that integrate state-of-the-art clinical, translational, and basic science data. Elevate your knowledge and accelerate translation of new ideas by attending sessions from both societies.
The Scientific Program Committee has put together an exciting symposium comprised of plenary and break-out sessions in which the leading experts will share their up-to-date thoughts, research, and findings on neurotrauma. A central focus of Neurotrauma 2017 will be the highly interactive mid-day poster sessions which will stimulate scholarly discussions on the mechanisms, assessments, and treatment of injury to the nervous system. Innovative workshops will be cover pertinent topics such as writing effective publications and grants, state-of-the-art patient care, conducting rigorous research, improving scientific communication, and use of cutting-edge technologies to accelerate discovery at both the bench and the bedside. CME credits will be provided for each day of the meeting.
Several unique opportunities for collaboration and mentoring are planned including: a welcome reception at The Summit, WiNTR lunch sessions, alpine activities at the Monday Night Alpine Dinner & Networking Event, S’More Collaboration Campfire and the gala dinner celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the National Neurotrauma Symposium: “A Emerald Evening Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future of Neurotrauma.”
There are also several excellent dining options at the Snowbird resort including the Aerie Lounge, a modern gastropub that focuses on local and seasonal food choices complimented by an extensive wine list; The Steak Pit, which features prime steaks, fresh seafood and patio dining near Little Cottonwood Creek; and El Chanate Tequila Bar and Restaurant that serves a wide selection of premium tequila and a diverse menu which can be enjoyed along with mountain views on the outdoor patio.
We have reserved a large block of rooms at two lodging locations at the Snowbird Resort. The first option is the newly renovated Cliff Lodge, one of North America’s most iconic lodges wherein the majesty of Little Cottonwood Canyon can be enjoyed at a reasonable rate for attendees ($149 single/double per night). Deluxe and Spa Level rooms are also available ($169 single/double per night) at the Cliff Lodge. Amenities include 50% off discounted access to the Cliff Spa (sauna, steam room, etc.), 20% discount on all spa services, complimentary fitness center access for all attendees, and a stunning rooftop pool and hot tub. The second option is the Lodge at Snowbird which features mountain views with exterior balconies for all rooms as well as an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. Accommodation for attendees at the Lodge includes hotel bedrooms ($119.00 single/double per night) as well as a limited number of condominium-style lofts ($229/night, sleeps up to 6) and studios ($119 single/double per night, sleeps up to 2). A limited number of governmen per diem rates are also available.
Getting to Neurotrauma 2017 will be easy as Snowbird Resort is a 30 minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and options for an airport shuttle will be available. SLC is served by 9 airlines and is a hub for a major domestic carrier. There are over 90 U.S. cities that have non-stop flights to SLC and there is non-stop service between SLC and Paris, Amsterdam, and London. Parking at Snowbird Resort is free for all meeting attendees.
Neurotrauma 2017 provides innovate opportunities for learning, mentoring, and collaboration for all attendees. Everyone attendee from a trainee newly entering the field to the seasoned neurotrauma professionals will discover new information in a scenic and stimulating venue. I look forward to seeing you at Snowbird Resort!
Candace L. Floyd, Ph.D.
2017 President, National Neurotrauma Society