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FAER Board Approves $1.175 Million in New Research Funding, $2.925 Million Total in 2015

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Board of Directors announced $1.175 million in new research grant funding, which will be awarded over two years. Awards were made to nine anesthesiologists, each from different medical centers in the United States. With this funding and the $1.75 million awarded in the spring, FAER, a 501c3 nonprofit and a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), committed a total of $2.925 million in new research funding in 2015.

The purpose of FAER grant funding is to develop the research careers of anesthesiologists who seek to answer important questions and make scientific discoveries in the areas of anesthesiology, perioperative medicine, health care delivery and medical education research. Many anesthesiologists who have received FAER grant funding are now successful, independently funded physician scientists who are advancing medicine through newfound knowledge.

With the goal to generate and support increased scientific activity in the specialty, FAER offered a second grant cycle in 2015 for the first time since 2008. Initiating the second grant cycle proved effective: 2015 was a record-setting year for anesthesiology research funded by FAER. In its support of FAER, the anesthesiology community is now doing more than ever to ensure the specialty is transforming medicine, advancing patient care and improving lives.

“We have a responsibility to our patients to provide the highest quality care imaginable,” said Joy Hawkins, MD, Chair of the FAER Board of Directors. “To accomplish this, we must continue to improve patient care and advance medicine through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. The anesthesiologists who receive FAER grant funding are answering this call.”

The awards included Mentored Research Training Grants ($175,000) and Research Fellowship Grants ($75,000) in basic science, clinical, translational or health services research, as well as Research in Education Grants ($100,000).

“FAER congratulates the recipients of these research grants,” said Evan D. Kharasch, MD, PhD, Chair-Elect and Vice Chair for Grants of the FAER Board of Directors. “We also acknowledge the important role of their mentors in research career development.”


Philip A. Kurien, MD
University of California San Francisco
Accelerated recovery of circadian rhythm and monocyte function
Mentor(s): Louis J. Ptacek, MD, Mervyn Maze, MB, ChB

Amol M Patwardhan, MD, PhD
University of Arizona
TRPV1 antagonist for the treatment of intraoperative hypothermia and postoperative pain
Mentor(s): Frank Porreca, PhD, Phil Malan, MD, PhD

Soban Umar, MD, PhD
University of California Los Angeles
Role of the novel MicroRNA 125b-3p in combined pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension
Mentor(s): Mansoureh Eghbali, PhD, Aman Mahaja, MD, PhD


Shahzad Shaefi, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
The relationship between administered oxygen levels and arterial partial oxygen pressure to neurocognition in cardiac surgical patients
Mentor(s): Balachundhar Subramaniam, MD, MPH


William A. Cronin, MD, MBA
Walter Reed
Validation of a volatile organic compound based breath test for pulmonary oxygen toxicity in an established swine ARDS model
Mentor(s): Richard T. Mahon, MD, John F. Capacchione, MD


Meredith Adams, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Creation and validation of an anesthesiology pain educational app: Delivering ABA pain content to the millennial learner
Mentor(s): Thomas J. Ebert, MD, PhD
*This award has been co-sponsored by the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations (SAAA)

Brenda G Fahy, MD, MCCM
University of Florida
Make it stick: An educational model to improve long term retention
Mentor(s): Lou Ann M Cooper, PhD, Nikolaus Gravenstein, MD, Christoph Seubert, MD, PhD

Robert B. Maniker, MD
Columbia University
Validation of an objective, practical and real-time assessment of regional anesthesia procedural skills
Mentor(s): Boyd Richards, PhD, Charles W. Emala, MS, MD
*This award has been co-sponsored by the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations (SAAA)

Glenn Woodworth, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
Trajectory, predictive value and significance of milestone achievement during anesthesiology training
Mentor(s): Patricia A. Carney, PhD, Nicole M. Deiorio, MD
*This award has been co-sponsored by the Society of Academic Anesthesiology Associations (SAAA)

About the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research

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® (ASA®). Its mission is to advance medicine through anesthesia research and education. FAER is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists lead medicine into the future through scientific discovery and the creation of new knowledge.

FAER grants are made possible by the financial support of the ASA and its component societies, anesthesiology subspecialty societies, departments and practice groups, as well as private individuals.

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