The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists®. Our mission is to advance medicine through anesthesia research and education. FAER is committed to ensuring anesthesiologists lead medicine into the future through scientific discovery and the creation of new knowledge. It serves to inspire, support and prepare anesthesiologists to advance patient care and improve lives through basic, clinical, translational science and medical education research.
Your generosity and support of FAER makes possible life-enhancing advances in medicine and improvements in patient care. The donations FAER receives directly support the research efforts and advanced training of the next generation of leaders in our specialty who will see to it that the future of anesthesiology sees as much progress as the past. You can make a 2015 year-end charitable contribution to FAER by visiting our secure website at FAER.org/donate. Thank you for leading us toward fulfillment of our mission.
Scholarly Activity, Federal Funding and New Knowledge Creation: 2015 Grant Outcomes Summary
In September, Anesthesiology published a study by Dr. Paul Pagel and Dr. Judith Hudetz, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, which analyzed FAER outcomes. The authors conducted a bibliometric analysis to determine the influence of FAER funding on an individual’s scholarly productivity and ability to receive NIH funding. They examined 397 individuals who received FAER grants between 1987 and 2012.
Their findings reveal the high levels of scholarly activity, significant federal funding and substantial knowledge creation of FAER grant recipients. The return on the anesthesiology community’s investment in FAER is phenomenal: From 1987 to 2012, FAER research grant expenses totaled about $25 million, and the recipients earned more than $448 million in NIH funding. This means that every $1 invested in a FAER grant recipient resulted in more than $17 in funding, from just NIH alone. This validates FAER research funding mechanisms, the peer review process of the ASA Committee on Research and FAER Education Study Section and everyone’s much appreciated support of FAER.
Additional outcomes from their study include:
- More than 40% of FAER awardees have received subsequent NIH funding.
- Nearly 80% of FAER awardees currently hold full-time academic appointments.
- FAER grant recipients have generated substantial knowledge for the specialty. They have published 19,647 manuscripts that have been cited 548,563 times.
A Record-Breaking Year for Anesthesiology Research: 2015 Grant Award Summary
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, FAER provides research grant funding to stimulate careers of anesthesiologists and trainees. With the goal to generate and support increased scientific activity in the specialty, FAER offered a second grant cycle this year for the first time since 2008. This additional opportunity to apply for funding led to an unprecedented number of applications, meritorious grants and overall funding.
The $2.925 million FAER committed in new grant funding this year is the highest amount ever awarded in core career development and education research grants in a single year, breaking the previous record of $2.475 million committed in 2014. We received 63 applications for funding, a 50% increase over 2014, and we awarded 23 grants, a 44% increase over last year.
Although it is too early to know the extent to which scientific activity in the specialty is increasing, we can confidently report that FAER is doing more than ever to ensure the next generation of physician scientists in anesthesiology transform medicine, advance patient care and improve lives.
New President and CEO: James C. Eisenach, MD
In October, FAER announced the selection of James C. Eisenach, MD, as its new president and CEO. Dr. Eisenach will assume the role effective July 1, 2016.
“I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to lead FAER, an organization I’ve been involved with for more than 25 years,” Dr. Eisenach said. “Although providing anesthesia in the operating room is incredibly safe, the perioperative period is filled with dangers leading to death or permanent disability, such as postoperative stroke and myocardial infarction, acute kidney or lung injury, and generation of chronic pain. It is largely up to our specialty to generate investigators who will critically determine the causes of these dangers and find better ways to predict, prevent, diagnose and treat them. That’s precisely what FAER has been doing for the past 29 years. I plan to build on FAER’s grant portfolio to find new ways to support and promote new investigators even better.”
Dr. Eisenach is the Francis M. James, III Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology & Pharmacology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. He has served as editor-in-chief of Anesthesiology for the past 10 years, and will officially complete his term there June 30, 2016.
Pagel PS, Hudetz,JA.Scholarly productivity and National Institutes of Health funding of Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research grant recipients.