Congratulations to FAER’s Spring 2021 Grant Recipients!

May 10, 2021

Since 1986, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) has funded more than $49 million in research grants. This includes the $2.05 million awarded by the FAER Board of Directors to our Spring 2021 Grant Recipients, supporting six Mentored Research Training Grants, two Research in Education Grants, one GEMSSTAR Grant, and one APSF-FAER Mentored Research Training Grant. 2021 marks the third year the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) has teamed with FAER to co-sponsor a Mentored Research Training Grant. We thank the APSF for their continuing support of anesthesiology research. Another Mentored Research Training Grant will also be supported in part by the Gertie Marx Research and Education Fund.

“I am thrilled to welcome our newest grantees to the FAER family, with their research covering a broad range of topics and supported by a variety of our funding mechanisms,” said Harriet W. Hopf, MD, FASA, Chair of the FAER Board of Directors. “It is exciting to see both high-quality, first time applicants awarded FAER funding this cycle as well as grants awarded to multiple returning grantees who FAER has supported in the past. Supporting these researchers during each stage of their journey is something that FAER takes great pride in. While my term as FAER’s Board Chair will wind to a close in the coming Fall, I look forward to seeing the contributions these top-notch physician-scientists will make to our specialty, through their FAER funding and beyond.”

Details on FAER's Spring 2021 Grant Recipients, including names, project titles, and institutions, can be found below. Please join us in congratulating and celebrating these skilled physician-scientists.

Mentored Research Training Grants (MRTG) help physician-scientists 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.

Joseph Cichon, MD, PhD; University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The Role of Ketamine-Induced Dissociated State in the Treatment of Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Douglas A. Colquhoun, MB, ChB, MSc, MPH; University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Data Driven Approaches to Improving Risk Prediction of Pulmonary Complications After Major Inpatient Surgery

Matthew A. Fischer, MD, MS; University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)
Methylation Quantitative Trait Loci Mapping and Methylome Wide Association Study of Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation After Cardiac Surgery

Louis A. Saddic, MD, PhD; University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California)
The Mechanistic Exploration of Estrogen Driven Attenuation of Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms Using Proteomics

Elizabeth R. Vogel, MD, PhD; Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota)
CPAP, Piezo Channels, and Neonatal Airway Disease
*Supported in part by the Gertie Marx Research and Education Fund

Elizabeth Railey White, MD, PhD; University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
The Molecular Mechanism of Propofol Analogues on the Depression of Myocardial Contractility

Research in Education Grants (REG) advance the careers and knowledge of anesthesiologists interested in improving the concepts, methods, and techniques of education in anesthesiology. These grants are eligible to anesthesiology faculty of any rank (junior or senior faculty) and are comprised of $100,000 in funding over a two-year period.

Lauren K. Dunn, MD, PhD; University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Bundle of Love: The Effect of Self-CARE (Compassion, Appreciation, Rest, and Exercise) on Anesthesiology Resident Wellness

Ahmed F. Zaky, MD, MSc, MPH; University of Alabama at Birmingham (Birmingham, Alabama)
The Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device Application. A Novel Modality for Educating Cardiovascular Anesthesia Trainees

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.

Lei Gao, MBBS; Massachusetts General Hospital (The General Hospital Corp.) (Boston, Massachusetts)
Circadian Multiscale Activity Regulation and the Risk for Delirium in Elderly Hospitalized Patients

APSF-FAER Mentored Research Training Grants (MRTG) fund patient safety research directly relevant to the perioperative care of patients, as well as chronic pain and critical care medicine. Patient safety is defined as the avoidance, prevention and improvement of adverse outcomes or injuries stemming from health care processes. Co-sponsored by the APSF, these grants are eligible to faculty members who have completed their core anesthesiology residency training within the past 10 years and are comprised of $300,000 in funding over a two-year period.

Jonathan M. Tan, MD, MPH, MBI, CMQ; Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California) (Los Angeles, California)
The Impact of Air Pollution and Neighborhood-Level Risk Factors on Pediatric Perioperative Respiratory Adverse Events

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

Fall 2021 FAER Grant Cycle – Applications accepted from June 1, 2021, through August 15, 2021.

THE FOUNDATION FOR ANESTHESIA EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (FAER)
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-scientists 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 $49 million in research grants and programs since 1986. To donate to FAER, visit FAER.org/donate.