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June 1, 2014 Volume 78 Number 6
14th Annual FAER-Helrich Research Lecture Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D. to Speak on the Clinical Neuroscience of Anesthesia

Margaret Wood, M.B., Ch.B., Board of Directors, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research

Margaret Wood, M.B., Ch.B. is E.M. Papper Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Columbia University, New York, New York.

The FAER-Helrich Research Lecture recognizes out-standing scholarship by a scientist. It is part of an effort to encourage young physician anesthesiologists to consider careers in research and teaching, which are crucial if anesthesiology is to maintain its reputation as a medical specialty continuously striving for excellence in patient care. Each year at the ASA annual meeting, the FAER-Helrich Research Lecture is presented as part of the Celebration of Research.

The 14th Annual FAER-Helrich Research Lecturer is Emery N. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering, and professor of computational neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an anesthesiologist at MGH.

Dr. Brown will discuss “The Clinical Neuroscience of Anesthesia: Research, Education and Patient Care.” He will explain how neuroscience research is rapidly changing our understanding of anesthesia and how a deeper understanding of neuroscience can change patient care. He will also describe a neuroscience education program for physician anesthesiologists.

Dr. Brown received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his master’s in statistics from Harvard University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He received his Ph.D. in statistics from Harvard, as well.

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Throughout his career, Dr. Brown has made conceptual and experimental contributions to the neurophysiological understanding of general anesthesia. He developed signal processing methods to solve key data analysis challenges in neuroscience: characterizing how neuronal ensembles maintain dynamic representations of information in their group spiking activity; tracking neural receptive field plasticity; and tracking neurophysiological and behavorial changes during learning and general anesthesia.

A dedicated researcher, professor, mentor and clinician, Dr. Brown has received several honors and has served in numerous leadership and volunteer roles. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He serves on the NIH BRAIN Initiative Working Group, NIH Council of Councils, and the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Among the many awards he has received throughout his career are a 2007 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, the 2011 Jerome Sacks Award from the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, and a 2012 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award.

It is truly an “honor” to have Dr. Brown as the 2014 FAER-Helrich Research Lecturer. I am confident all who attend the session will not only greatly benefit from learning about his current research and its implications on patient care and anesthesia education, but also will be inspired by one of anesthesiology’s foremost physician-investigators, educators and mentors.


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