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July 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 7
FAER Report: 17 Anesthesiologists Receive FAER Grants in 2013, Funding Hits $2.4 Million Denham S. Ward, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research


The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) provides anesthesiology research grant funding in basic science, clinical, translational, health services and education research. In 2013, 17 anesthesiologists representing 12 institutions received FAER grants.

The award funding totaled $2.4 million, the second-highest amount FAER has ever awarded in a single year. (FAER awarded $2.412 million in 2007, which included $500,000 in funding for the special Cerebral Function Monitoring Grant supported by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.)

FAER grants are made possible through the generous financial support of the ASA and its component and subspecialty societies, as well as anesthesiology departments, practice groups, corporations and individual contributors.

Mentored Research Training Grant – Basic Science, or Clinical or Translational
The Mentored Research Training Grant – Basic Science (MRTG-BS) or Clinical and Translational (MRTG-CT) is a two-year $175,000 grant for faculty members who have completed their anesthesiology residency within the past 10 years. The MRTG aims to develop the skills and preliminary data anesthesiologists need to become independent investigators.

Mentored Research Training Grant – Basic Science

Aranya Bagchi, M.B.B.S.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Modulation of the Bone Morphogenetic Protein – Hepcidin Axis can Reduce the Severity of Acute Inflammation and Lung Injury
Mentors: Kenneth D. Bloch, MD; Warren Zapol, MD

Boris Heifets, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Improving deep brain stimulation through targeted synaptic modification
Mentors: Robert C. Malenka, M.D., Ph.D.; B.M. MacIver, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Sin Young Kang, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Iowa
Afferent mechanisms mediating reflex inhibition of phrenic motor output after upper abdominal surgery
Mentors: George B. Richerson, M.D., Ph.D.; Timothy J. Brennan, M.D., Ph.D.

Irfan Kathiriya, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Gene Regulation during Human Cardiac Differentiation
Mentors: Benoit G. Bruneau, Ph.D.; William L. Young, M.D.

Yvette Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic
Effect of Sex Steroids on Pulmonary Hypertension
Mentor: Y.S. Prakash, M.D., Ph.D.

Kingsley Storer, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.
Weill Cornell Medical College
Network mechanisms underlying propofol-induced loss of consciousness and amnesia
Mentors: George Reeke, Ph.D.; Hugh C. Hemmings, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Xiaobing Yu, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Treating neuropathic pain with spinal cord transplants of genetically modified human pluripotent stem cell-derived GABAergic inhibitory neurons
Mentors: Allan I. Basbaum, Ph.D.; Arnold R. Kriegstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Mentored Research Training Grant – Clinical or Translational
Oluwaseun Johnson-Akeju, M.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital
Combined MR-PET, and High Density EEG Study of Dexmedetomidine Mentor: Emery Brown, M.D., Ph.D.
Sajid Shahul, M.D.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Detecting Subclinical Myocardial Dysfunction in Preeclampsia
Mentors: Daniel Talmor, M.D., M.P.H.; Brett Simon, M.D., Ph.D.

FAER/AQI Mentored Research Training Grant – Health Services Research
The FAER/AQI Mentored Research Training Grant – Health Services Research (MRTG-HSR) is a new grant opportunity in 2013 offered by FAER and the Anesthesia Quality Institute (AQI). It is a two-year $175,000 grant that provides funding for research and training in health services research to faculty members who are within 10 years of having completed an anesthesiology residency.

May Hua, M.D.
Columbia University (New York)
Assessing end-of-life care needs among critically ill surgical patients
Mentors: Guohua Li, M.D., Dr.P.H.; Hannah Wunsch, M.D., M.Sc.

Robert Schonberger, M.D.
Yale University
Integrating perioperative care into the treatment of hypertension
Mentors: Cynthia Brandt, M.D., M.P.H.; Laura E. Niklason, M.D., Ph.D.

Research in Education Grant
The Research in Education Grant (REG) is a two-year $100,000 grant available to faculty members of all ranks. The REG is focused on developing innovative techniques for anesthesia education.

Amanda Lorinc, M.D.
Vanderbilt University
Handover Tool Participatory Design and Educational Training Intervention to Improve Perioperative Neonatal Safety
Mentor: Matthew B. Weinger, M.D.

Research Fellowship Grant
The Research Fellowship Grant (RFG) is a one-year $75,000 grant available to anesthesiology residents after CA-1 year. The RFG is awarded in conjunction with clinical training in an anesthesiology residency or fellowship program.

Catherine Chen, M.D., M.P.H.
University of California, San Francisco
Unnecessary Preoperative Testing in Medicare Patients Undergoing Cataract Surgery
Mentors: R. Adams Dudley, M.D., M.B.A.; Adrian W. Gelb, M.B.Ch.B., D.A., F.R.C.P.C., F.R.C.A.

Marsha Ritter Jones, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cystitis-associated referred hyperalgesia: The role of intrathecal ACEA on substance P internalization
Mentors: Dale E. Bjorling, D.V.M., M.S.; Jay Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Vivianne Tawfik, M.D., Ph.D.
Stanford University
Opioid signaling in CNS glia: implications for opioid analgesia and tolerance
Mentors: Gregory Scherrer, PharmD, Ph.D.; Sean Mackey, M.D., Ph.D.

Ankeet Udani, M.D.
Stanford University
The effectiveness of simulation-based deliberate practice versus a standard didactic curriculum on learning regional anesthesia
Mentors: Steven K. Howard, M.D.; Kelley M. Skeff, M.D., Ph.D.

Brant Wagener, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
PDE4 and IL-8-dependent Inhibition of cAMP-stimulated Alveolar Fluid Clearance
Mentors: Jean-Francois Pittet, M.D.; Sadis Matalon, Ph.D.



Denham S. Ward, M.D., Ph.D. is President, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, and Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York.


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