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.