The Daily Dose • Sunday, May 19, 2024

Congratulations to the 2024 Kosaka Best Abstract Award Winners!

Focusing on forward-thinking research on a wide range of topics related to anesthesiology and patient care, nine finalists, selected from over 590 submitted abstracts, revealed key investigative implications during oral presentations at the “Kosaka Best Abstract Awards Session,” on Sunday, May 19 at the 2024 Annual Meeting, presented by IARS and SOCCA. Their pioneering investigations were divided into three categories: basic science, clinical research, and research conducted by a scholar. Each presenter provided an in-depth spotlight on their research and was met with robust questions from the audience.

Following their presentations, the expert judges, Y.S. Prakash, MD, PhD, IARS vice chair and trustee and chair, department of physiology and biomedical engineering, Mayo Clinic, Vivianne Tawfik, MD, PhD, IARS trustee, and associate professor in the department of anesthesiology, perioperative medicine and pain medicine at Stanford University, and Yasuko Nagasaka, MD, PhD, professor in anesthesia, chair at Tokyo Women’s Medical University and representative for the Japan Society of Clinical Anesthesia (JSCA), deliberated and selected the awardees for each category. Congratulations to the three Kosaka Best Abstract Award Winners!

Annika Eyth, fifth-year medical student at Montefiore Medical Center, was selected as the Top Clinical Research recipient for her study, “Development and Validation of a Score to Predict Intraoperative Blood Transfusion.”

The Top Science Award was given to Varina Clark Onwunyi, MD, an anesthesiology resident at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, for her research on “In Vivo miR10b-5p Inhibition in Rats is a Novel Therapeutic Strategy for Pulmonary Hypertension.”

Richard Perez, MD, a third-year anesthesiology resident at Stanford University Health Care, was selected as the Top Scholars Abstract Award Recipient for his research on “Deciphering the Translatomic Perturbations Associated with Acute and Chronic Pain in Mouse Spinal Cord Astrocytes.”

The winners from each category will receive a $500 prize to recognize their innovative work in their specialty. Stay tuned for interviews with these impressive investigators in Issue 6 on Tuesday, May 28 of The Daily Dose to learn more about their research and aspirations for the future.

The Kosaka Best Abstract Awards are supported by the Japan Society for Clinical Anesthesia (JSCA) and the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). The founder of the JSCA, Dr. Futami Kosaka, started a cooperative relationship with IARS in 1990 and developed the foundation for today’s Kosaka Best Abstracts Session.