The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and Anesthesiology announce a special “Journal Symposium” to be held at the Annual Meeting of the ASA in October 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Journal Symposium is held annually to highlight emerging and important concepts in anesthesia research and clinical practice.

For 2005, the Journal Symposium is entitled “Plasticity in Postoperative Pain .”

The Symposium will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2005, 9:00 am–12:30 pm, in New Orleans, Louisiana (exact location to be announced later).

The Symposium format will be a poster-discussion session in conjunction with formal lectures by 4 invited international experts. Abstracts for inclusion in the Symposium poster-discussion session will be selected by the Symposium organizers, Dr. Timothy J. Brennan, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and Dr. Srinivasa N. Raja, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Investigators from around the world with an interest in this subject are encouraged to submit their work to the ASA for the Annual Meeting. Abstracts from both clinical and laboratory studies on acute and persistent postoperative pain are encouraged. Abstracts should be submitted via  the usual online process (which can be accessed via  the Web sites www.ASAhq.organd Interested individuals should be sure to check the special box for Journal Symposium to be considered for inclusion in the poster-discussion session in the symposium. The deadline for abstract submission is April 1, 2005.

Anesthesiology and the Society for Obstetrical Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) are extremely interested in highlighting new and innovative research in the field of Obstetrical Anesthesia. We are therefore jointly organizing a special abstract presentation session for the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting, October 22–26, 2005, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This will be an oral  presentation session (without posters). A committee made up of Journal Editors and Representatives of SOAP, working together with the Subcommittee on Obstetrical Anesthesia and Perinatology (Annual Meeting), chaired by Dr. James Eisenach, will select abstracts for this session. Authors will then be invited to prepare a formal 10-minute oral presentation of their work. Experts in the appropriate areas will be invited to participate in the discussion of each presentation. Our goal is to gather as many individuals with an interest in Obstetrical Anesthesia as possible to participate in this session and to present the most innovative laboratory and clinical research possible.

Individuals are encouraged to consider submitting their work for this session. Abstracts should be submitted to the ASA Annual Meeting using the standard process (which can be accessed via  the Web sites www.ASAhq.organd Authors should specifically request Obstetrical Anesthesia as the major subject area. In addition, authors should notify the Anesthesiology Editorial Office via  e-mail ( regarding their interest in being considered for this session. The deadline for abstract submission is April 1, 2005.