2021 Kosaka Best of Meeting Abstract Award Finalists and Winners

IARS 2021 Annual Meeting

May 15-16, 2021, Virtual Meeting

These top abstracts were selected from more than 600 abstract author submissions to the IARS 2021 Annual Meeting for the distinction of Kosaka Best of Meeting Awards Finalists.

From these 30 abstract authors, 9 top finalists in Clinical Research, Basic Science Research and Scholars Abstracts were invited to present their research to a panel of judges to compete for top category honors at the Kosaka Best of Meeting Abstract Awards Session that took place on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Clinical Research Award Winner

Whole-brain network connectivity changes with midazolam sedation during task performance and periodic pain: A functional MRI study in healthy young adults.
Keith M Vogt1, Christopher T Smith2, James W Ibinson1, Julie Fiez1
1University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

Basic Science Research Award Winner

Leveraging TRPV1 genetic divergence between avian and mammalian species to develop a TRPV1K710N knock-in mouse and a novel analgesic.
Shufang He1, Vanessa Zambelli2, Yang Bian3, Freeborn Rwere4, Eric R Gross5
1The Second Hospital of Anhui Medical University; Stanford University, Hefei, China, 2Stanford University; Laboratory of Pain and Signaling, Butantan Institute, Palo Alto, United States of America, 3Stanford University, Palo alto, United States of America, 4Stanford University, Palo Alto, United States of America, 5Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Scholars Award Winner

Modulation Of Microvascular Blood Flow And Stroke Outcome Via GPR39 in Mice.
Yifan Xu1, Wenri Zhang2, Lev Fedorov1, Anthony P Barnes1, Ruikang Wang3, Nabil Alkayed4
1Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland, OR, 2Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, 3University of Washington, Seattle, Seattle, WA, 4Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, United States of America

Top Finalists — Clinical Research

Applying Machine Learning to Identify Pediatric Patients at Risk of Critical Perioperative Adverse Events: using the APRICOT Dataset
Hannah Lonsdale1, Geoffrey M Gray2, Hannah Yates3, Luis Ahumada4, Mohamed Rehman5, Anna Varughese5, Jim Fackler6, Walid Habre7, Nicola Disma8
1Johns Hopkins University, St Petersburg, FL, 2Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg, FL, 3Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg, FL, 4Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St Petersburg, United States of America, 5Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, FL, 6Johns Hopkins, Baltimore , United States of America, 7University Hospitals of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 8Istituto Giannina Gaslini, Genova, Italy 

Reduction of preoperative anxiety using Virtual Reality vs midazolam: A randomized controlled trial
Anthony Koo1, Sanjana Khanna1
1Phoenix Childrens Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ

Top Finalists — Basic Science Research

Protective Effects of Hydrogen Gas against Spinal Cord Ischemia‚ Reperfusion Injury: A Microdialysis Study in the Spinal Ventral Horn
Aya Kimura1, Koichi Suehiro1, Takashi Mori1
1Osaka City University Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan

Reduction in Cerebral Blood Flow During Aeromedical Evacuation-Relevant Hypobaria Following Rat Traumatic Brain Injury
Gary Fiskum1, Rao Gullapalli1, Julie Proctor1, Su Xu1, Catriona H Miller2
1University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2Air Force Research Labs, Baltimore, MD

Top Finalists — Scholars

Perioperative neurocognitive and neuroimaging trajectories in older APOE4 carriers vs non-carriers: A prospective cohort study
Rosa O Yang1, Jeffrey N Browndyke2, Mary Cooter2, Miles Berger2
1Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 2Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 

Anesthetic activation of GABAA receptors in astrocytes triggers a persistent increase in cell-surface expression of α5GABAA receptors in neurons via IL-1β in mice
Arsene Pinguelo1, Kirusanthy Kaneshwaran1, Allison Chown1, Sina Kiani1, Dian-Shi Wang1, Beverley A Orser2
1University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine, Toronto, Ontario

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