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Transforming Careers: $1.825 Million Awarded to 13 Anesthesiologists

FAER Research Grant Recipients, Spring 2016

Over the past 30 years, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) has transformed people, patient care and, through the discovery and application of new scientific knowledge, the clinical practice of anesthesiology. This transformation has been initiated in large part by FAER’s research grant program, which since 1986, has enabled the anesthesiology community and ASA membership to commit more than $34 million through more than 530 awards. This funding has translated to advances in patient care and innovations in the specialty. It has resulted in more than $448 million in NIH funding awarded to former FAER grant recipients.

Anesthesiology must continue to invest in its future through scientific discovery and the creation of new knowledge. This is the driver for FAER not only to continue to fund early career anesthesiologists but also to grow its capacity to support these aspiring academicians who will enable our specialty to thrive in the decades ahead.

During its spring 2016 board meeting, the FAER Board of Directors awarded $1.825 million in new research grant funding, which will be distributed over two years. Awards were made to 13 anesthesiologists, from 11 different medical centers in the United States. 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.

Congratulations to all of the recipients!

Mentored Research Training Grants – Basic Science ($175,000, two years)

Matthew B. Friese, M.D., Ph.D.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Role of complement and microglia in anesthesia-induced synapse remodeling during development
Mentor(s): Gregory J. Crosby, M.D.; Beth Stevens, Ph.D.; Deborah J. Culley, M.D.

Shaun E. Gruenbaum, M.D.
Yale University School of Medicine
Novel mechanism of glutamine formation from branched-chain amino acids in brain areas of
astroglial glutamine synthetase deficiency
Mentor(s): Douglas L. Rothman, Ph.D.; Laura E. Niklason, M.D., Ph.D.

Kimberly Howard-Quijano, M.D., M.S.
University of California, Los Angeles
Spinal cord stimulation – neuraxial modulation of ventricular arrhythmias
Mentor(s): Aman Mahajan M.D., Ph.D.; Kalyanam Shivkumar M.D., Ph.D.

Maya Mikami, M.D., Ph.D.
Columbia University Medical Center
Control of the airway smooth muscle cell cytoskeleton by gelsolin: a potential novel therapeutic target
for bronchoconstrictive diseases
Mentor(s): Charles W. Emala, M.D.; Jeanine D’Armiento, M.D., Ph.D.

Andrei D. Sdrulla, M.D., Ph.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
Investigating the neural circuits of spinal cord stimulation
Mentor(s): Mary Heinricher, Ph.D.; Nabil Alkayed, M.D., Ph.D.

Christine N. Zanghi, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Colorado Denver
Anesthesia-induced developmental neurotoxicity: The role of immature microglia
Mentor(s): Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, M.D., Ph.D.; Richard J. Traystman, Ph.D., D.Sc.

Mentored Research Training Grant – Clinical/Translational ($175,000, two years)

Marcos G. Lopez, M.D., M.S.
Vanderbilt University
The effects of perioperative oxygenation on endothelial function
Mentor(s): Pratik P. Pandharipande, M.D., M.S.C.I.; Frederic (Josh) T. Billings, IV, M.D., M.Sc.

Mentored Research Training Grant – Health Services Research ($175,000, two years)

Jacob E. Sunshine, M.D.
University of Washington
Trauma anesthesia care: An analysis of motor vehicle crash management, risk factors and costs
Mentor(s): Ali Mokdad, B.S., Ph.D.; Sam R. Sharar, M.D.

Research Fellowship Grants ($75,000, one year)

Benedict J. Alter, M.D., Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
Mechanisms and translational application of conditioned analgesia in post-operative pain
Mentor(s): Howard L. Fields, M.D., Ph.D.; Mark A. Schumacher, M.D., Ph.D.

Glorilee B. Harper, M.D.
Stanford University
An imaging approach to anesthesia and neurodevelopment
Mentor(s): Allan L. Reiss, M.D.; Rona G. Giffard, A.B., Ph.D., M.D.

Austin James Peters, M.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
Modulation of post-traumatic neurogenesis and recovery by ketamine
Mentor: Eric Schnell, M.A., Ph.D., M.D.

Research in Education Grants ($100,000, two years)

Gunisha Kaur, M.D., M.A.
Weill Cornell Medical College
A novel model for global health education in anesthesiology
Mentor(s): Kane Owen Pryor, M.B., B.S.; Madelon L. Finkel, Ph.D.

Richard D. Urman, M.D., M.B.A.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Conducting perioperative code status and goals of care discussions: A bi-institutional study to
develop a novel, evidence-based curriculum for anesthesiology trainees
Mentor(s): Angela M. Bader, M.D., M.P.H.; Matthew D. McEvoy, M.D.

Is a FAER Grant in Your Future?

FAER provides research grant funding for anesthesiologists and anesthesiology trainees to gain additional training in basic science, clinical and translational, health services and education research. You can apply for a FAER grant that could transform your career. The application website for the fall 2016 grant funding cycle is open now through August 15, 2016. Current opportunities include:

• Mentored Research Training Grant (Basic Science, Clinical and Translational or Health Services Research): $175,000 over two years
• Research Fellowship Grant: $75,000 over one year
• Research in Education Grant: $100,000 over two years
• Transition to Independence Grant: $75,000 over one year

For more information regarding FAER grants and eligibility requirements, visit