The IARS is committed to advancing the field of anesthesiology through a number of research and educational initiatives that benefit not only practicing anesthesiologists but also patients of all ages. We strive to provide you with the latest news through several education newsletters as well as the important updates on this page.

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The Global Anesthesia Workforce Survey: Updates and Trends in the Anesthesia Workforce

A&A Latest IssueJUNE 28, 2024

There are far too few anesthesia providers globally to meet the world’s need for safe, accessible anesthesia care. Though advances have been made globally to increase the number of providers, the world remains far short of being able to provide anesthesia for those who need it. This cover art shows how the individual providers around the globe provide individual services, but together create a workforce that makes healthcare accessible and safe. This issue presents the results of the updated Global Anesthesia Workforce Study, which provides an estimate of the global number of anesthesia providers. Such estimates are crucial to understand the state of the anesthesia workforce, and where investments still need to be made.


Women Anesthesiologists in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Pre-COVID Era: A Multinational Demographic Study

Effect of Propofol Infusion on Need for Rescue Antiemetics in Postanesthesia Care Unit After Volatile Anesthesia: A Retrospective Cohort Study


July 2024 A&A Video Summary: Featured Articles

JUNE 28, 2024

View this video summary covering three featured articles from the July 2024 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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2022 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Sunny Lou, MD, PhD, Publishes a New Study in JAMA Network Open on Secure Messaging Platforms

June 28, 2024

2022 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Sunny Lou, MD, PhD

2022 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Sunny Lou, MD, PhD

2022 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Sunny Lou, MD, PhD, recently published a study in JAMA Network Open as first author. The study evaluated the association between secure messaging and telephone use for clinician communication practices to assess which method is most effective for patient care. This cohort study determined that new messaging systems may increase physician burden and cause interruptions when not used thoughtfully. Join us in congratulating Dr. Lou on the publication of this important study!

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2020 IARS Mentored Research Award Recipient Interview: Yusuke Sugasawa, MD, PhD
Study: Structural Basis of Lipid and Anesthetic Action on TMEM16 Scramblases

JUNE 28, 2024

Yusuke Sugasawa, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Juntendo University
Tokyo, Japan


​In 2020, as a Clinical Associate Professor in Anesthesiology at Juntendo University School of Medicine, Yusuke Sugasawa, MD, PhD, became the first investigator from a Japanese university to be recognized with an IARS Mentored Research Award for his research on “Structural Basis of Lipid and Anesthetic Action on TMEM16 Scramblases.” With this study, Dr. Sugasawa hoped to characterize cholesterol binding sites on TMEM16 scramblases and determine how cholesterol occupancy of these sites modulates scramblase activity. Now an associate professor in anesthesiology at the same institution, Dr. Sugasawa and his research team are preparing a manuscript to share their study outcomes which will provide novel insights into the interaction between lipids and TMEM16 scramblases, and contribute to the development of structure-based drug design of TMEM16 modulators. He is optimistic that this may be useful in treating perioperative bleeding and neurological dysfunction in the future. In the following interview, Dr. Sugasawa shares his research journey since receiving the IMRA, the value of the award to his research and career, and his hopes for the future of anesthesia research.

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Save the Date! 2025 Annual Meeting, Presented by IARS and SOCCA, March 21-23, 2025 in Honolulu, Hawaii

JUNE 28, 2024

You won’t want to miss this meeting. The 2025 Annual Meeting, presented by IARS and SOCCA, will be in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 21-23, 2025.

Built by the anesthesiology research and critical care community, the meeting’s mission is to generate and disseminate transformative breakthroughs in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine while growing and supporting scientists and clinicians worldwide. Our meeting aspires to lead the global anesthesiology community in advancing the science and practice of medicine.

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Women in Anesthesia Online Community

JUNE 28, 2024

The Women in Anesthesia Online Community, supported by IARS and DocMatter, is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive space for women physicians to discuss advocacy, mentorship, and other topics pertinent to the success of women practicing in the field of anesthesia.


Upcoming Webinar: Obstetric Anesthesia Quality: How to Measure It? on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET

JUNE 28, 2024

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This panel will highlight specific tools that will ensure obstetric anesthesia care is more effective, patient-centered, safe, timely, efficient and equitable.

Moderator: Jill Mhyre, MD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR


SOAP Centers of Excellence – What Makes Them Excellent?
Ruth Landau, MD, Columbia University, New York, NY

Quality Metrics for Obstetric Anesthesia
Mark Zakowski, MD, FASA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Strategies to Drive Forward Obstetric Anesthesia Quality Using QI Metrics
Kelly Fedoruk, MD, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

View the 2024 webinar schedule.


Upcoming Virtual Session: Early-Career Feedback Session on Monday, July 29, 2024, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET

JUNE 28, 2024

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We are hosting an informal virtual session specifically designed for early-career anesthesiology scholars to discuss their immediate needs and exchange insightful ideas and advice. This platform provides an avenue for you to share which activities and programs you deem most beneficial, and how the IARS can effectively cater to these needs. Your participation and input are vital, and we look forward to receiving your feedback.


Elizabeth Whitlock, MD, MSc, Co-Chair, IARS Outreach, Retention and Engagement Subcommittee, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Care, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Yvette Martin McGrew, MD, PhD, IARS Outreach, Retention and Engagement Subcommittee Member; Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Kimberly Rengel, MD, IARS Outreach, Retention and Engagement Subcommittee Member; Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Jessica Spence, MD, PhD, FRCPC, IARS Outreach, Retention and Engagement Subcommittee Member; Assistant Professor, Anesthesia, Faculty of Health Sciences; Associate Member, Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMasters University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


View Recordings from Previous Webinars

JUNE 28, 2024

Missed a previous webinar? IARS full members can access a valuable library of recordings from previous webinars from 2021, 2022 and 2023. Plus, take advantage of opportunities to claim Enduring Material CME credits.

Learn more and access this valuable learning today!


Session Videos from the 2023 Annual Meeting Available

JUNE 28, 2024

IARS full members can now access session recordings from the 2023 Annual Meeting as well as a video library from the 2018-2022 meetings.

Additionally, full members may claim CME credit from the 2021, 2022 and 2023 Annual Meetings.

Access this forward-looking education today!


Discover Anesthesia Community Activities on the Events Calendar

JUNE 28, 2024

View meetings and events from the IARS and the anesthesia community on the Anesthesia Community Events Calendar. If you have a meeting or event you would like to include on this calendar, email [email protected]. Please include the date, time, location and website URL for the meeting or event.


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JUNE 28, 2024

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June 2024 OA-Global Health Equity Ask the Expert

JUNE 28, 2024

OpenAnesthesia Global Health Equity Editor, Dr. Sam Percy, interviews Dr. Mohamed Kargbo and Dr. Eric Vreede, two physician anesthesiologists, in the latest episode, “The Price We Pay: The Impact of Changes in Halothane Production on Anesthetic Care Around the World.”

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FAER Fall 2024 Grant Cycle Applications

JUNE 28, 2024

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is accepting applications for its fall 2024 grant cycle through August 15, 2024. Available grants include the Mentored Research Training Grant ($250K, two years), Research in Education Grant ($100K, two years), and Research Fellowship Grant ($75K, one year). Learn more and apply at this link!

IARS Appoints Andre Williams as Executive Director: Bringing New Vision to Advance Anesthesia Research and Patient Care

JUNE 27, 2024

On behalf of the International Anesthesia Research Society’s Board of Trustees (IARS), I am delighted to announce the appointment of Andre Williams as IARS’s new Executive Director. Andre will formally take his position on August 26, 2024.

As the Board Chair, I am thrilled to welcome Andre as our new Executive Director. His visionary leadership will undoubtedly propel our organization toward even greater success. I eagerly anticipate working closely with Andre to achieve the strategic goals necessary to continue guiding our global anesthesiology community in advancing the science and practice of medicine.

Andre has a strong background in all aspects of society leadership, and we are confident in his ability to drive membership and fiscal growth as we expand our mission to better support the global anesthesia community through innovation in research programs and funding, education, and outreach.

Andre will succeed Tom Cooper, who is retiring after a highly successful 17-year career with IARS. Tom will remain in his current role as Executive Director until the end of August and will continue to provide support for Andre to ensure a successful transition. On behalf of the entire IARS Board, Dr. Orser and I offer our grateful thanks to Tom for his passion and dedication to the IARS mission and his tireless efforts to ensure its success. His wise counsel throughout these many years has guided new and established Board members and has been invaluable in ensuring the IARS remains true to its mission and that we recognize our strengths, leverage opportunities when they arise, and highlight the appeal of our organization to our field. We are in a stronger place today thanks to the many contributions of Tom Cooper.

Please join me in congratulating Andre as we welcome him to IARS and wishing Tom well in his next endeavors.

IARS Board Chair Y.S. Prakash, MD, PhD

The selection of Andre Williams concludes a competitive national search supported by Staffing Advisors, a Washington, DC-based executive search firm.