FAER-Helrich Research Lecture

In 2001, FAER held the first FAER Honorary Research Lecture as a means of recognizing outstanding scholarship by a scientist in an effort to encourage young 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. In 2014, the Board of Directors voted to name the Honorary Research Lecture after Martin Helrich, MD, FAER’s first Executive Director who passed in 2013.

Now called the FAER-Helrich Research Lecture, this lecture is held annually at ANESTHESIOLOGY®.

Selection Process

Each year, between April and August, FAER sources FAER-Helrich Research Lecturer nominations from current and past FAER Board members; Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesia (ARMA) members; past Helrich lecturers; Society for Anesthesia Education and Research (SAER) member department chairs; and major individual donors. A letter of nomination and nominee CV is required when submitting a nomination.

Selection Criteria

Typically, FAER-Helrich Research Lecturers are Active members of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has demonstrated extraordinary achievements in research or education
  • Promotes the art and science of anesthesiology through education
  • Is recognized for contributions to the research community
  • Has shown significant leadership ability
  • Able to present a lecture of interest
  • Is approved by the Chair and President of FAER

FAER-Helrich Research Lecturers

Below is a full record of FAER-Helrich Research Lecturers. Note that hyperlinked names will direct to corresponding lecturer announcements from the ASA Monitor.

Year Lecturer Lecture Title
2001 Debra A. Schwinn, MD Thinking Out of the Box  Anesthesiology Research in the 21st Century
2002 James C. Eisenach, MD From Childbirth to Cancer Pain and Back Again – Translational Pain Research
2003 Jeanine P. Wiener-Kronish, MD Critical Infections – From Genes to the Bedside
2004 David C. Warltier, MD, PhD Protection Against Ischemia and Reperfusion Injury
2005 Alex S. Evers, MD Understanding Anesthetic Steroids: Sites and Mechanisms of Action
2006 Paul D. Allen, MD, PhD Calcium: This is Everything
2007 Mervyn Maze, MB, ChB Why We Need to Know How Anesthetics Work
2008 Steven L. Shafer, MD Critical Thinking
2009 Lee A. Fleisher, MD Optimizing Perioperative Outcomes: My Journey into Risk, Preferences, Guidelines and Performance Measures
2010 Roger A. Johns, MD, MHS A FAER-Fueled Career as a Clinician-Scientist
2011 Michael J. Joyner, MD Putting the Gene-ie Back in the Bottle: Is the Relevance of ‘omics’ Limited in Biomedical Research
2012 Judy R. Kersten, MD What’s So Bad About Being Sweet?
2013 Charles W. Emala, Sr. MS, MD Peripheral GABAA Receptors: Unrecognized Anesthetic Targets? 
2014 Emery N. Brown, MD The Clinical Neuroscience of Anesthesia: Research, Education and Patient Care
2015 Laurent G. Glance, MD Can We Do Better? How Big Data Can Help
2016 Michael A. Gropper, MD, PhD Harm Prevention in Critical Care: A Transprofessional Journey
2017 George A. Mashour, MD, PhD Consciousness and the Dying Brain
2018 David O. Warner, MD Found in Translation: MASKs, Coffin Nails, and Other Curiosities
2019 Roderic Eckenhoff, MD Anesthetics, Surgery and Alzheimer's Disease; Hypotheses Come and Go
2020 Tony L. Yaksh, PhD Why Is Pain Such a Tough Nut to Crack: A Mechanistic Perspective on Our Emphasis Upon Neuraxial Processing
2021 Daniel I. Sessler, MD Crisis and Opportunity in Clinical Trials
2022 Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh, FCA SA Promoting Conscious Choice Regarding Unconscious Preference
2023 Margaret M. Sedensky, MD How Do General Anesthetics Work Their Magic? - One Team's Approach

Curated by: BH

Last updated by: BH

Date of last update: May 16, 2023