Robotics, AI and other innovations in stroke and aneurysm care on the agenda for SNIS 2022


Specialists from around the world will gather at the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery’s (SNIS) 19th annual meeting (25–29 July, Toronto, Canada) next week to discuss groundbreaking research and developments in the field of neurointerventional surgery.

The 2022 conference, held during SNIS’ 30th anniversary year, will be a hybrid event with in-person and livestreamed content.

Meeting session topics will include the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics in neurointervention, as well as new techniques for diagnosing, triaging and treating stroke and brain aneurysms. The effect of COVID-19 on stroke patients is also set to feature prominently.

Renowned neurointerventionist and NeuroNews editor-in-chief Philip Meyers (St Luke’s Health System, Boise, USA) will deliver the meeting’s Grant Hieshima Luminary Lecture.

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Philip Meyers

Meyers will reflect on the wide-ranging improvements in stroke and aneurysm treatment over the course of his career, and on the life and legacy of illustrious neurointerventionist Grant Hieshima, who died in 2019.

In addition, Toronto native and stroke patient Monica Missrie will talk about her path back to a career as an interpreter and conservationist in this year’s Amy Walters Lecture.

“The pace of innovation in neurointerventional surgery over the past 15 years has not relented, even with the pandemic-related challenges,” said SNIS president Michael Chen (Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, USA).

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Michael Chen

“Conferences such as the SNIS annual meeting allow for healthy debate, education and collaboration among members, which helps to clarify so much of what has occurred in our field this past year. I am grateful that our talented colleagues can once again gather online or in person to teach, learn and inspire one another.”

The meeting will highlight promising new neurointerventional research, with press releases available on the following abstracts:

  • AI-based gaze deviation to aid large vessel occlusion (LVO) diagnosis in non-contrast computed tomography (NCCT)
  • Towards self-steering microcatheters for neurointervention
  • Characteristics of a COVID-19 cohort with LVO—a multicentre international study
  • Technical and clinical outcomes in distal occlusion thrombectomy by frontline technique—a multicentre study
  • Real-world outcomes of endovascular thrombectomy for treatment of acute basilar artery occlusion in the USA
  • Long-term effect of field triage on times to endovascular treatment for emergent LVO

Prior to the meeting, the society will host the SNIS Women in Neurointervention leadership programme, led by returning speaker Sara Laschever, an author and expert on women in the workplace, and Leanne Meyer, director of the Carnegie Mellon Women’s Executive Leadership Academy.

To register for the conference (both in person and virtual), email Camille Jewell at [email protected] or visit


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