OVERVIEW

The objective of this conference is to bring together an international and multidisciplinary group of scientists and clinical investigators to discuss recent advances in mechanisms of anesthesia, from the in-vitro molecular to the in-vivo CNS network level.  It is the sixth conference in a series of International Conferences on Mechanisms of Anesthesia that was started by Raymond Fink in 1974.   You may inspect and/or download the complete program including all abstracts as a .pdf file.  You may also download the registration package [A4 format or US-Letter format].

The conference center (Gustav-Stresemann-Institut, e.V.)  provides lecture halls, conference rooms, meals and accommodation for up to 330 guests.  This allows us to conduct a Gordon Conference style of meeting, where both formal and informal meetings and discussions are encouraged. The environment is ideal for participants to interact and discuss the research in anesthetic mechanisms that has occurred during the past four to five years.

Six symposia are intended to give an overview of a general topic as well as an update on the current research.  Prof. Bert Sakmann and Prof. Ted Eger have agreed to speak at MAC2001.  Topics dealing with in-vitro and in-vivo mechanisms of anaesthetic actions include interactions of local and general anaesthetics with membranes and electrically excitable channels, intracellular signalling, cellular and synaptic functions, neuronal networks, as well as in-vivo recording and imaging techniques.  Workshops and posters will serve as the main vehicles for in-depth presentation and discussion of new data and findings. In order to encourage informal and detailed discussions, symposia and workshop speakers are strongly encouraged to present the contents of their talks in poster form as well.  Posters will be prominently and centrally displayed and every poster will remain on view throughout the entire meeting.  It is anticipated that a major part of the conference will be published as in former years.  The conference will finish off with a boat ride on the Rhine to take participants to the conference dinner, a Medieval Dinner at Castle Linz.

The Scientific Committee (Keith W. Miller, Chris D. Richards, Sheldon H. Roth, Bernd W. Urban.) welcomes program and other suggestions.

 

LOCATION

The former capital Bonn is beautifully situated on the river Rhine near the national park called “Siebengebirge“, 15 miles south of Cologne.  Bonn being more than 2000 years old is rich in Roman and feudal German history and in culture (birthplace of the composer Beethoven).  37,000 students attend the University of Bonn which is partly located in the splendid former palaces of the archbishops of Cologne.  The conference will take place at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V. in Bonn (see accommodation).

 

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2001                       

   7:00 pm                               Dinner (for those staying at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut)

   8:30 pm                               Reception Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (reception and all other dinners, lunches, and coffee breaks are included in conference fee)

Thursday, June 28, 2001

  8:15 am – 8:30 am                Welcome

  8:30 am – 12:30 pm              Symposium I: Molecular Basis of Anesthetic Interactions

12:30 pm –   3:00 pm              Lunch (GSI), Free Discussion, Posters

  3:00 pm –   7:00 pm              Symposium II: Anesthetic Interactions with Ion Channels

  7:00 pm –   8:00 pm              Dinner (GSI)

  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm              Workshops:

1:   Molecular modeling

2:   Receptor kinetics and anesthetic action

3:   Synaptic and network actions of anesthetics -   

      Postsynaptic mechanisms

4:   Actions of anesthetics on in-vivo networks

 Friday, June 29, 2001

  8:30 pm – 12:30 pm             Symposium III: Other Receptors and Proteins

12:30 pm –   3:00 pm             Lunch (GSI), Free Discussion, Posters

  3:00 pm –   7:00 pm             Symposium IV: Integration of Anesthetic Actions (in-vitro)

  7:00 pm –   8:00 pm             Dinner (GSI)

  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm             Workshops:

5:   Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in general anesthesia

6:   Synaptic and network actions of anesthetics –   

      Presynaptic mechanisms

7:   Mechanisms of local anesthetics

8:   What is MAC?

 Saturday, June 30, 2001

  8:30 am – 12:30 pm            Symposium V: In-Vivo Networks

12:30 pm –   1:30 pm            Lunch (GSI)

  1:30 pm –   3:00 pm            Symposium VI: Structured Discussion: Mechanisms of Anesthesia

  4:00 pm                              Depart by Rhine boat for Medieval Dinner at Castle Linz

  7:00 pm                              Medieval Dinner at Castle Linz

10:30 pm                              Depart Linz for return to GSI (arrival around midnight)

 

 

SYMPOSIA

The six symposia themes address anesthetic actions at the different levels of integration within the CNS.  Lectures within a symposium are intended to give an overview of a general topic as well as an update on the current research (there will be no parallel symposia sessions):

Symposia speakers include Prof. Ted Eger and Prof. Bert Sakmann.  All symposia abstracts are contained in the program which can be inspected and/or downloaded as a .pdf file.S  ymposia speakers are encouraged to also produce a poster of their talk in order to facilitate a detailed discussion of their work prior and after their symposium.  Posters will be prominently displayed throughout the entire meeting in order to foster such interactive discussions.

 

WORKSHOPS

Parallel workshops on specific subtopics are intended to expand on the topics reviewed during the symposia lectures.  All workshop abstracts are contained in the program which can be inspected and/or downloaded as a .pdf file.  Workshop speakers are encouraged to also produce a poster of their workshop presentation in order to facilitate a detailed discussion of their work prior and after the workshop, and also to enable participation for those attending parallel workshops.  To foster such interactive discussions posters will be prominently displayed throughout the entire meeting.

POSTERS

They will serve as a main vehicle for in-depth presentation and discussion of new data and findings.  All poster abstracts are contained in the program which can be inspected and/or downloaded as a .pdf file.  Posters will be arranged according to symposium and workshop themes. Posters will be prominently and centrally displayed and every poster will remain on view throughout the entire meeting.  All abstracts for poster sessions will be reviewed by the committee and accepted if space is available.  Poster boards are 90 cm wide, 120 cm long (fits print format A0).

 

ABSTRACTS

The complete program including all abstracts can be inspected and/or downloaded as a .pdf file.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel quality accommodation (all rooms have bathrooms, TV, telephone) and  meals (three meals a day) is still available at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V., Bonn, Germany (Langer Grabenweg 68, D-53175 Bonn, Tel.: 0228-81070) at a very favorable package price.  

Other Hotel Accommodation: Please contact the tourist office of Bonn (English website: http://www.bonn.de/tourismus//e_hotel.htme-mail: bonninformation@bonn.de, Tel:  +49-228-77 50 00; Fax: +49-228-77 50 77).  

 

MEDIEVAL DINNER (Conference Dinner)

The conference will conclude Saturday with a medieval dinner at the castle “Burg Linz” near Bonn.  The Rhine Boat “Beethoven” is reserved exclusively for conference participants and will depart at 4 pm from the landing site in the Rheinaue (“Anlegestelle Bundeshaus”) which is marked on the map included in this program.  Those keen on enjoying a beautiful walk will be guided by conference staff to the landing sites, the others may use the bus transfer provided.  The boat “Beethoven” will take a good two hours to reach Linz.  Before dinner at 7 pm there will be a little time for some (spontaneous or guided) sightseeing in this beautiful medieval town.  The boat will start on its return trip at approximately 10:30 pm and get us back to Bonn just before midnight.  Bus transfer to the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut will be provided.

MESSAGES

Messages may be left at the MAC2001 Conference Office.  Conference participants can be contacted via the MAC2001 Conference Office (Tel.: +49-228-8107-126) from 7:30 am to 5 pm or via the Reception Desk of the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (Telephone: +49-228-8107-0) which is operated for 24 hours a day.  All guest rooms have telephones.  The Stresemann-Institut provides e-mail access for all its guests in the lobby. 

 

PARKING

Parking is available in the (limited) parking lot of the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut and on the streets nearby.  There are large parking lots in the Rheinaue within a few minutes walking distance.

 

PAYMENT

Full payment is due at the latest on the first day of the conference, June 28, 2001.  Since the Stresemann-Institut prefers the MAC2001 organizers to handle all room payments, please pay directly at the MAC2001 Conference Office.  Cash and checks in DM, Euro and US$ are acceptable, unfortunately credit cards are not.  If you need to pay by credit card you can pay your room charges to the Stresemann-Institut directly; they accept American Express, Mastercard and VISA.  In this case, please provide proof of credit card transfer to the MAC2001 Conference Office, so that double payment to the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut can be avoided.

 

REGISTRATION (MAC2001)

On arrival at the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut please register at the Registration (MAC2001) Desk.  If you are online registration information and forms  may be downloaded from our Web Site.  Full payment is due at the latest on the first day of the conference, June 28, 2001.  Payment in Euro is preferred.  Payment in US$ is possible but must cover all bank charges; if you have questions please contact us (see front page) or inquire at the registration desk at the begin of the conference.

 

REGISTRATION (MAC2001) DESK

The Registration Desk will be located in the Conference Office (Room S3) near the entrance of the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut.

     Wednesday evening, June 27:                  4:30 pm to 9:30 pm

    Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29:   7:30 am to 5:30 pm

    Saturday, June 30:                                    8:00 am to 3:00 pm

 

RECREATION FACILITIES

The Gustav-Stresemann-Institut provides a bowling alley, billiards, table tennis and outdoor bicycles for rental.  The extensive Rhine park "Rheinaue" nearby (3 minutes) provides plenty of opportunities for jogging and other recreational activities.

 

REFUND POLICY

Refunds of conference fee and accommodation charges will be governed by the policy of the Gustav-Stresemann-Institut: Cancellations twelve weeks prior to conference: full refund.  Cancellations up to eight weeks prior to conference: 55% refund. Cancellations up to four weeks prior to conference: 40% refund.  Cancellation within four weeks of conference: 25% refund. No refund less than one week before the conference.

 

SOCIAL PROGRAM

Information regarding social activities and tour attractions for participants, spouses and guests will be available at the meeting or on request.  Bonn is beautifully situated on the river Rhine near the national park called “Siebengebirge“, 15 miles south of Cologne.  Bonn and Cologne dating back to before Roman times are rich in Roman and feudal German history and in culture (birthplace of the composer Beethoven), offering many sights worth visiting.  

 

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

K.W. Miller

Departments of Anesthesia and of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA;  e-mail: k_miller@helix.mgh.harvard.edu

C.D. Richards

Department of Physiology, University College, London, U.K.; e-mail: c.richards@ucl.ac.uk

S.H. Roth

Departments of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Anesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada; e-mail: shroth@ucalgary.ca

B.W. Urban

Klinik und Poliklinik für Anästhesiologie und spezielle Intensivmedizin, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, Germany; 

 

TRANSPORTATION

A direct rail link connects the international airports of Frankfurt or Düsseldorf and the city of Bonn (train stop: Bonn Hbf).  The international airport Cologne-Bonn (15 miles north of the city center) is served by airport bus #670 which runs every 20 minutes and takes 40 minutes between the airport and Bonn Main Train Station (Bonn Hbf). From Bonn Main Train Station (Bonn Hbf) take either a taxi or the subway (U-Bahn) #16 or #63 (destination Bad Godesberg) and exit at stop: Max-Löbner-Strasse (less than five minute walking distance to Gustav-Stresemann-Institut).  More detailed instructions are available.

 

WEATHER

Read on for today's weather condition and forecast or click here for further information (in German).  Check out present weather conditions by clicking on this webcam view of the Bertha-von-Suttner square in Bonn (image is updated every 20 seconds).