Invitation to get more involved with the AAS

Invitation to get more involved with the AAS

Dear AAS Members,

I wanted to provide an update on the activities of the American Autonomic Society and encourage you to get more involved over the next year.  Many thanks to Past-President Dr. Satish Raj for his leadership over the past two years and for guiding the AAS through the unprecedented challenges related to COVID-19. Welcome to Dr. Wolfgang Singer as President-Elect and Amanda Peltier as our Secretary-Treasurer. We hope to continue the great momentum of the AAS by growing our membership and increasing the visibility and impact of the AAS over the coming years.

Although our annual AAS meeting transformed to a virtual format, it was a great event. We had over 90 abstract submissions and over 200 active participants. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped with planning the meeting. Recorded content from the meeting (and CME credit) is still available to meeting registrants. If all goes well, we will be meeting in Maui, Hawaii on November 3-6, 2021. Mark your calendars. Based on our virtual meeting experience, we plan to include a virtual component in parallel with the live 2021 meeting for those that cannot attend in person.

Please make sure to renew your AAS membership for 2021. Renew by January 31 to receive a $50 discount on the Regular Member dues rate. For 2021, I challenge you to also identify one or more of your colleagues to join AAS as new members. The autonomic nervous system is important in nearly every aspect of medicine, and the AAS is unique in providing a welcoming forum for researchers and clinicians with diverse interests and backgrounds. We are especially interested in trainees and early career physicians who can benefit from networking with the AAS as they develop an autonomic career. In addition to physicians and scientists, we also welcome advanced practice providers, research coordinators and other allied health members.

Membership in AAS has great benefits, and we plan to continue to add new offerings at our annual meeting, on the AAS website and more. Keep connected through AAS twitter or website.

Committees and SIGs
We encourage you to get more involved with AAS. We have updated our committee and special interest group (SIG) structure – see listing below. Any AAS member is welcome to join one or more SIGs (the more the merrier). While the SIGs are focused on a special interest within the AAS, the AAS Committees are charged with specific tasks on behalf of the whole AAS. Committees have a limited membership but will typically add one or two new members each year. If you are interested in joining an AAS committee or SIG, please send a message to the AAS (email) and we will add you to the SIG roster or submit your name to the committee chair for consideration. Self-nominations for committees should be submitted before the end of December. Please contact us if you have questions about SIGs or committees and what they do.

Listing of Special Interest Groups (and chairs)
Pediatric Dysautonomia – Dr. Mohammed Numan
Women in Autonomic – Dr. Amanda Peltier
POTS SIG (a newly formed SIG) – Dr. Howard Snapper
APP SIG – Erin Marriott

Listing of AAS Committees (and chairs)
Education – Dr. Glen Cook
Annual Meeting Planning – Dr. Rasna Sabharwal
Membership – Dr. Victoria Claydon
Science – Dr. Marvin Medow
Communications – Dr. Jackie Limberg
Trainee Affairs – Vera-Ellen Lucci
Clinical Affairs & Scientific Endorsement – Dr. Alex Barboi
Development – Dr. Wolfgang Singer

Other benefits
In addition to the annual meeting, we are adding new content to the website and planning additional content throughout the year. Check out the educational videos and other items in the resources and education menu on the AAS website. Clinical Autonomic Research, the official journal of the AAS, is also going strong thanks to its fantastic editorial team. The impact factor for CAR is now 2.968 and climbing. Please support our journal by submitting your research.

I wish everyone health and success for the coming year, and I look forward to leading the AAS for the next few years with your enthusiastic support.


Best wishes,

Steven Vernino, MD, PhD
Professor & Vice-Chair, Department of Neurology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
President, American Autonomic Society