35 Years and $50 Million Awarded - Congratulations to FAER’s Fall 2021 Grant Recipients!

October 13, 2021

At the FAER Board of Directors meeting held during ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2021, $1.25 million was awarded to support five Mentored Research Training Grants. An additional $50,000 was awarded earlier this fall to support one GEMSSTAR Grant, bringing the total awarded to FAER’s Fall 2021 Grant Recipients to $1.3 million.

“On behalf of FAER, I am happy and excited to announce five new Mentored Research Training Grants of $250,000 each were awarded to young investigator anesthesiologists this week,” said Roger A. Johns, MD, PhD, MHS, FAER Board Chair. “There were three clinical investigations and two laboratory based projects. Jacob Basak of the University of Colorado will evaluate soluble amyloid as a cause of post stroke cognitive impairment. Andrew Bishara of the University of California San Francisco will study Real-time prediction of adverse outcomes after anesthesia.  Marie-Louise Meng from Duke University will investigate cardiovascular risk prediction for improved maternal health. Emmett Whitaker from the university of Vermont will be studying sevoflurane induced cerebrovascular dysfunction in infant offspring from pre-eclamptic pregnancies. Robert White from Cornell University will investigate health disparities in obstetrical care and delivery outcomes before and after an enhanced recovery after surgery. I am also thrilled to share that as of this grant cycle, FAER has officially awarded over $50 million in grants and programs since our founding in 1986, a milestone we are profoundly proud of. Congratulations to each of these awardees for the excellence and importance of their work and to each of our donors for their critical support of the development of these young investigative anesthesiologists!"

FAER is immensely pleased to celebrate these talented physician-investigators and that this round of funding achieved the $50-million milestone. Details on FAER's Fall 2021 Grant Recipients, including names, institutions, mentors, and project titles, can be found below. Please join us in congratulating and celebrating these skilled physician-investigators.

Mentored Research Training Grants (MRTG) help physician-investigators develop the skills, preliminary data for subsequent grant applications, and research publications needed to become independent investigators. These grants are eligible to faculty members who have completed their core anesthesiology residency training within the past 10 years and are comprised of $250,000 in funding over a two-year period.

Jacob M. Basak, MD, PhD; University of Colorado Denver (Denver, Colorado)
Primary Mentor:
Paco Herson, PhD
Secondary Mentor: Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, MD, PhD, MBA, FASA
Tertiary Mentor: Nidia Quillinan, PhD
Project Title: Evaluation of Soluble Amyloid Beta as a Cause of Post-Stroke Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Andrew M. Bishara, MD; University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, California)
Primary Mentor:
Atul Butte, MD, PhD
Secondary Mentor: Romain Pirracchio, MD, PhD
Project Title: Real-time Prediction of Adverse Outcomes after Anesthesia

Marie-Louise Meng, MD; Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)
Primary Mentor:
Svati Shah, MD, MHS
Secondary Mentor: Ashraf Habib, MD
Project Title: Cardiovascular Risk Prediction for Improved Maternal Health

Emmett E. Whitaker, MD; University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine (Burlington, Vermont)
Primary Mentor:
Marilyn J. Cipolla, PhD
Secondary Mentor: Mitchell H. Tsai, MD, MMM, FASA, FAACD
Project Title: Sevoflurane Induced Cerebrovascular Dysfunction in Infant Offspring from Preeclamptic Pregnancies

Robert S. White, MD, MS; Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University (New York City, New York)
Primary Mentor:
Kane O. Pryor, MD
Secondary Mentor: Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI
Project Title: Health Disparities in Obstetrical Care and Delivery Outcomes Before and After Implementation of an Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol

FAER GEMSSTAR Grants aim to supplement the two-year NIA scientific awards with support for simultaneous career development activities. FAER GEMSSTAR Grants are eligible to new Investigators with R03 GEMSSTAR awards from the National Institute of Aging (NIA) and are comprised of $50,000 in funding over a two-year period.

Richard Boyer, MD, PhD; Weill Cornell Medicine (New York City, New York)
Primary Mentor:
Kane O. Pryor, MD
Project Title: Evaluation of Wearables for Preoperative Cardiorespiratory Fitness Screening and Risk Stratification in Geriatric Surgery

Interested in learning more about FAER Research Grant opportunities or know an early career physician-investigator who would be? Please visit or share the link below for more information:

Spring 2022 FAER Grant Cycle – Applications accepted from December 1, 2021, through February 15, 2022.

Co-sponsored Grant Opportunities:

AHA-FAER Career Development AwardApplications open now through December 6, 2021.

APSF-FAER Mentored Research Training GrantLetter of Intent submissions open December 1, 2021, through January 1, 2022.

FAER is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). For 35 years, FAER has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-investigators in anesthesiology. Charitable contributions and support to FAER help fuel the future of anesthesiology through scientific discovery. Funding priorities include: Research, Education, and Training. FAER has awarded over $50 million in research grants and programs since 1986. To donate to FAER, visit FAER.org/donate.