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FAER Board Approves $1.75 Million in New Research Funding

Awards Given to 14 Anesthesiologists

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The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Board of Directors approved $1.75 million to fund the research of 14 anesthesiologists and trainees, who represent 11 academic institutions and medical centers. With this funding, FAER, a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), will have committed nearly $30 million to anesthesiology and perioperative research since 2000.

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. Anesthesiologists who have received FAER grant funding often go on to have successful careers as independently funded physician scientists who advance medicine through newfound knowledge.

“The anesthesiologists who receive our grants represent the future of medicine and will bring about improvements in patient care,” said Joy Hawkins, M.D., chair of the FAER Board of Directors. “The discoveries this group of awardees will make throughout their careers will allow us to be better doctors, train better doctors and provide the highest quality care imaginable.”

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).

Mentored Research Training Grants

Lorenzo Berra, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Stored blood transfusion and nitric oxide

Mentor: Warren M. Zapol, MD

Helen H. Lee, MD, MPH
University of Illinois at Chicago
Improving access to care for the pediatric dental general anesthesia population
Mentors: Anthony T. Lo Sasso, PhD; Daniel Sessler, MD

James Rhee, MD, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Role of GAPDH in the cardio-metabolic response to ischemia

Mentors: Anthony Rosenzweig, MD; Wei Chao, MD, PhD

Vivianne L. Tawfik, MD, PhD
Stanford University
Monitoring and modulating microglial cell activation in pain
Mentors: Sean Mackey, MD, PhD; David J. Clark, MD, PhD

Brant M. Wagener, MD, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mechanisms of lung immunosuppression after traumatic brain injury
Mentors: Jean-Francois Pittet, MD; Sadis Matalon, PhD

Gene T. Yocum, MD
Columbia University
GABA-A alpha4 subunit mediates lung inflammation and bronchoconstriction
Mentors: Charles W. Emala, MD, MS; Jeanine D’Armiento, MD, PhD

Research Fellowship Grants

M. Yawar J Qadri, MD, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Assessing differential microglial activation states in acute and chronic pain

Mentors: Ru-rong Ji, PhD; Thomas Van de Ven, MD, PhD

Weifeng Song, MD, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Low molecular weight hyaluronan mediated airway hyperresponsiveness in aspiration-induced acute lung injury

Mentors: Sadis Matalon, PhD; Jean-Francis Pittet, MD

Eric L. Vu, MD
Baylor Medicine / Texas Children’s Hospital

Three-dimensional ST instability: Clinical evaluation of novel ST segment monitoring in single ventricle physiology

Mentors: Ken Brady, MD; Craig Rusin, PhD

Nathan H. Waldron, MD

Duke University
Temporary autonomic blockade to prevent atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery
Mentors: Joseph P. Mathew, MD, MHSc, MBA; Jonathan Piccini, MD, MHSc

Research in Education Grants


Christopher L. Cropsey, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Effects of an electronic decision support tool on team performance during in-situ simulation of perioperative cardiac arrest 

Mentor: Matthew D. McEvoy, MD

Sara N. Goldhaber-Fiebert, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Adoption of emergency manuals: Facilitators, barriers, and characteristics of clinical use

Mentors: David M. Gaba, MD; Steven Asch, MD, MPH

Robina Matyal, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Fundamentals of ultrasound course with verification of proficiency

Mentors: Feroze Mahmood, MD; Stephanie Jones, MD

Annette Rebel, MD
University of Kentucky
Anesthesia resident skill development assessed by competitive OSCE event: Anesthesia olympics

Mentors: Randall M. Schell, MD, MACM; Marjorie Stiegler, MD


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 individual anesthesiologists.

Learn more about FAER grants at FAER.org/research-grants.
Support anesthesiology research and FAER at FAER.org/donate.