Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Announces its New Grant Recipients from the Fall 2019 Grant Cycle

October 23, 2019

Since 1986, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), has funded more than $43,000,000 in research grants. This total includes the 2019 Fall round of grant recipients who will receive a total of $900,000 in funding. Approved grants for the 2019 Fall Cycle include three Mentored Research Training Grants (MRTG) and two Research Fellowship Grants (RFG).

“It’s often said that the best days in a scientific investigator’s career are days when they receive notification that their grant application was approved for funding. It’s the same I suspect for many funders, and that’s certainly true for our announcement of these outstanding young investigators,” said James Eisenach, M.D., FAER President and CEO. “FAER enhanced the Mentored Research Training Grant (MRTG) to junior faculty last year by increasing the monetary support and adding an annual meeting of awardees to generate community and learn together about career development. This year we received 58 applications for FAER awards, smashing the previous record for number of applications, and we’re thrilled with both the quantity and quality of these grants. Congratulations to these awardees who are embarking on careers that will change how we care for patients in the future.”

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.

Adam Gerber, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center (New York, New York)
Attenuation of LPS Induced Lung Injury with an Inhaled MMP Inhibitor

Michael P. Puglia, II, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Connectivity and Complexity During General Anesthesia in the Developing Brain

Brittney Williams, M.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore (Baltimore, Maryland)
Role of TLR7 in Platelet Activation and Dysfunction in Sepsis

Research Fellowship Grant (RFG) provides anesthesiology residents and fellows with the opportunity to obtain significant training in research techniques and scientific methods.

Stephan G. Frangakis, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University (Durham, North Carolina)
Analgesic Effects of Perioperative Propranolol Administration for Spine Surgery

Yifan Xu, M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Health and Science University (Portland, Oregon)
Modulation of Microvascular Blood Flow and Stroke Outcome via GPR39


The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. For over 30 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 $43 million in research grants and programs since 1986. To donate to FAER, visit