The Latest from IARS

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 as it becomes available. Check back here for updates.

Advice from A&A Editors: What You Should Know about Submitting Manuscripts


Each year, over 1800 manuscripts are submitted for review. Of those manuscripts, about 35% are accepted for publication. The A&A Editors offer a few tips for preparing your manuscript for success.

A&A: The Anesthesiologist’s Key Resource to Staying Current


Established in 1922, Anesthesia & Analgesia provides the practice-oriented clinical research you need to keep current and deliver optimal care to your patients. Learn why you should be reading the journal and what role it serves for the anesthesia community.

Value of Presenting Research at the IARS Annual Meeting


Find out why researchers from all stages in their careers and backgrounds choose to present their research during poster session presentations at the IARS Annual Meeting and why they find this experience valuable.

The Importance of Innovative Research


Find out why 2018 IMPACT Award Winner Dr. Michael Aziz says research is critical to the future of anesthesiology. The IMPACT award’s goal is to facilitate large clinical trials to answer important anesthesiology-related questions.

The Best Place to Discover Research and Innovation


The IARS Annual Meeting is the place where people are absolutely committed to moving the anesthesia specialty forward through discovery and scientific innovation.

Who was Dr. Thomas Harry Seldon?


Dr. Thomas Harry Seldon, former editor of Anesthesia & Analgesia and former Board Chair, saw what the anesthesiology field could be and took it there. To honor Dr. Seldon and the values he championed, the IARS established the T.H. Seldon Memorial Lecture as the equivalent of our keynote address.

Vaping and E-Cigarette Use in Children and Adolescents: Implications on Perioperative Care From the American Society of Anesthesiologists Committee on Pediatric Anesthesia, Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, and American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

A pulmonary syndrome entitled e-cigarette, or vaping, product use–associated lung injury (EVALI), related to vaping devices such as e-cigarette and marijuana product use has surfaced in the past several years, presenting with respiratory, gastrointestinal, and constitutional symptoms. The concept that replacing traditional tobacco products with vaping devices is risk free is clearly erroneous. The frank targeting of children, who could develop life-long tobacco and cannabis use disorders when exposed early in life, is highly concerning.

September 2021 A&A Featured Article Video Summary

View this video summary covering three featured articles from the September 2021 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

IARS 2022 Annual Meeting – Submit Abstracts by Sept. 12

Save the date for our 2022 Annual Meeting, held in Hawaii, March 18-21, 2022. Our call for abstracts is now live. The deadline to submit abstracts is November 12, 2021.

Join Small Group Discussions in the IARS Member Community

Start conversations now with your peers on important topics in anesthesiology in the IARS Member Community.

Participate in small group discussions by:

A few discussions include:

OA-SOAP Fellows Webinar Series

Meghan Prin, MD, MS, discusses Obstetric Anesthesia in Malawi in the latest episode of the OA-SOAP Fellows Webinar Series.

Does Anesthesia and Surgery During Pregnancy Really Affect Learning and Behavior in the Offspring: The Holy Grail in Anesthesiology Research

In their editorial, the authors comment on a recent publication by Dr. Caleb Ing et al entitled, “Prenatal Exposure to General Anesthesia and Childhood Behavioral Deficit.” The authors express concern with a few of the conclusions, including, is the utilization of the CBCL test the correct screening tool from which to draw conclusions? Or is it not sensitive enough? Are findings of a 7-point difference in externalizing behavior clinically significant? Were confounding variables adjusted for adequately? While the authors of this editorial found the results of the investigation by Ing et al thought provoking, they feel that we are a long way from changing current practice with regard to medically necessary anesthesia and surgery for the pregnant patient. Read more here.

IARS Announces the 2021 Mentored Research Award Recipients

The IARS Mentored Research Awards support investigators who are working to further the understanding of clinical practice in anesthesiology and related science. Our 2021 recipients are the future leaders in the field and their funded studies are vital to the progress of the specialty! Learn more about the 2021 recipients here.

Missed July’s SmartTots Webinar? View the Recording and Earn Enduring Material CME

Did you miss July’s webinar, “SmartTots: Behavioral and Cognitive Changes in Children Following Anesthesia and Surgery: Assessment and Relevance?” IARS full members who did not participate in the live webinar, but who wish to view a recording or earn Enduring Material CME, can access these links here.

SmartTots: Behavioral and Cognitive Changes in Children Following Anesthesia and Surgery: Assessment and Relevance

If you missed the recent IARS Virtual Education Series SmartTots webinar moderated by Dr. Laszlo Vutskits and featuring expert speakers Drs. Andrew Davidson, Caleb Ing, Kristen Uhl, and Cynthia Salorio, we invite you to watch the recording! Once you’ve watched, we encourage you to share your feedback, comments and questions by joining the conversation around this topic in the IARS Member Community. View the video here.

As a reminder, the IARS Virtual Education Webinar Series gives you the opportunity to attend member-developed educational sessions, addressing today’s top-of-mind topics in anesthesiology. The monthly educational webinars are open to the public and CME and recordings are available for IARS full members. Check out upcoming sessions here.

Join Small Group Discussions in the IARS Member Community

Start conversations now with your peers on important topics in anesthesiology in the IARS Member Community.

Participate in small group discussions by:

A few discussions include:

Register for IARS & SEA Webinar: Anesthesia Education in the Time of COVID on Sept 14

Join us for the upcoming webinar, “Anesthesia Education in the time of COVID,” co-Sponsored by the Society for Education in Anesthesia, on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 4:00 pm EDT, to interact with our expert speakers Drs. Susan Martinelli, Julie Huffmyer, Sara Neves, Fei Chen and moderator John Mitchell. Plus, continue the conversation around this topic in the IARS Member Community following the webinar.

The IARS Virtual Education Webinar Series gives you the opportunity to attend member-developed educational sessions, addressing top-of-mind topics in anesthesiology today. IARS full members may also view recordings on our website as your schedule allows. Our monthly educational webinars are open to the public and CME and recordings are available for IARS full members. To register for upcoming events, please click here.

August 2021 Article of the Month

Drs. Aditee Ambardekar and John Mitchell discuss their article “The Anesthesiology Milestones 2.0: An Improved Competency-Based Assessment for Residency Training” from the August 2021 issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 early-bird savings end August 14

Register now to participate in more than 20 research-focused sessions and events, extensive scientific abstract presentations, and the Research Lounge brought to you in partnership with ASA, IARS, AUA, and FAER. Explore the research track and register now.

ASRA Offers One-Day Meeting Devoted to Connecting the Dots Between Acute and Chronic Pain

Join us for the first-ever ASRA symposium dedicated to management of transitional pain with ASRA’s Persistent Perioperative Pain Symposium on September 25, 2021. Learn more at www.asra.com/ppps.

IARS Educational Programming is Built by Our Members for the Anesthesiology Research Community

The IARS mission is to encourage, stimulate, and fund ongoing anesthesia-related research projects that will enhance and advance the specialty, and to disseminate current, state-of-the-art, basic and clinical research data in all areas of clinical anesthesia, including perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain management. The IARS is focused solely on the advancement and support of education and scientific research related to anesthesiology. Submit your great session ideas to meet that mission! Proposals will be considered for the 2022 Annual Meeting or our IARS Virtual Education Series.

Submission Deadline: July 16, 2021

Access On Demand Recordings from the 2021 Annual Meeting

Missed the 2021 Annual Meeting? You can still register to access session recordings on demand and view ePosters and abstracts from the meeting. CME for the session recordings will be available after June 21 and will be posted on the session page along with the session recording. Register Here.

Registered attendees can log back into the virtual meeting site, https://iars-aua-socca.myconexsys.com/, navigate to the IARS sessions and click OnDemand to view session recordings.

Small Group Discussions Available in the Member Community

IARS members may now converse in small group discussions with peers who have shared interests in the IARS Member Community. Join these cohorts by adding clinical and research interests to your member profile in DocMatter or by chiming in on conversations within your subspecialty areas of interest.

See a few small group discussions now in progress:

IARS Virtual Education Series

Join us for the upcoming webinar, “SmartTots: Behavioral and Cognitive Changes in Children Following Anesthesia and Surgery: Assessment and Relevance,” on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm EDT, to interact with our expert speakers Drs. Andrew Davidson, Caleb Ing, Kristen Uhl, Cynthia Salorio and moderator Laszlo Vutskits. Plus, continue the conversation around this topic in the IARS Member Community following the webinar.

The IARS Virtual Education Webinar Series gives you the opportunity to attend member-developed educational sessions, addressing top-of-mind topics in anesthesiology today. IARS full members may also view recordings on our website as your schedule allows. Our monthly educational webinars are open to the public and CME and recordings are available for IARS full members. To register for upcoming events, please click here.

FAER Fall 2021 Grant Cycle Applications Now Open

Applications for the FAER Mentored Research Training Grant (MRTG), Research in Education Grant (REG), and Research Fellowship Grant (RFG) are open now through August 15, 2021. Simultaneously, FAER also has funds available for obstetric anesthesiology research through the Gertie Marx Research and Education Fund. To receive these funds, those interested would need to submit an application for an MRTG, REG, or RFG related to obstetrics and/or fetal/neonatal development by the August 15 deadline. To learn more and apply for the FAER MRTG, REG, and RFG, visit FAER.org/Grants.

17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists to be held virtually September 1-5, 2021

Moving online will make WCA 2021 more accessible than ever with all the knowledge of the global anesthesia community at your fingertips. The virtual platform provides unique opportunities to meet, collaborate and share experiences with a truly worldwide network of anesthesiologists and intensivists.

WCA 2021 has a 24-track scientific program with subjects ranging from intensive and critical care medicine to gender equity. Additionally, there is a series of interactive Meet the Expert sessions and Problem-Based Learning Discussions in which delegates will discuss approaches for up to 10 different clinical scenarios based on a given subject area. Register now at www.WCA2021.org.

It’s on! ASA’s ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 registration is open

The ASA Monitor dives deep into this year’s research track that includes more than 20 research-focused sessions and events, as well as paper and electronic abstract presentations. Plus, the research lounge is back by popular demand, brought to you in partnership with ASA, IARS, AUA, and FAER. Read the article and register now.

OA-SPA Virtual Grand Rounds: The Environmental Impact of Anesthesia

This quarter’s episode features the important topic of the environment presented by Dr. Diane Gordon from Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Association Between Behavioral and Learning Outcomes and Single Exposures to Procedures Requiring General Anesthesia Before Age 3: Secondary Analysis of Data From Olmsted County, MN. Warner et al. July 2021

Two prior population-based (children born in Olmsted County, MN), retrospective cohort studies both found that multiple exposures to anesthesia before age 3 were associated with a significant increase in the frequency of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities (LD) later in life. The primary purpose of this secondary analysis of these data was to test the hypothesis that a single exposure to anesthesia before age 3 was associated with an increased risk of ADHD. We also examined the association of single exposures with LD and the need for individualized educational plans as secondary outcomes. Read more.

ARC Session to Discuss Enhancing Physician-Scientist Pipeline

Registered for the IARS Annual Meeting? Join the Anesthesia Research Council session, “The Future of the Anesthesiology Physician Scientist: An ARC Update” on May 15 at 3:30 pm EDT for a discussion on enhancing and supporting the physician-scientist pipeline in anesthesiology. The year-one working group will report on its research on “Strengthening the Research Environment: Addressing the Pipeline of Researchers.” Learn more about ARC and the session here.

Don’t miss the IARS, AUA and SOCCA 2021 Annual Meetings, May 13-16, 2021!

Join us live to participate in real-time to interact with speakers and colleagues during our live Q&A sessions and networking events. Can’t attend live? Watch on your own schedule with On Demand sessions that will be available to all registered attendees for up to 1 year after the meetings end. You can also continue conversations from the meeting in the member communities. Nonmember registrants gain complimentary access to the community for a month following the meetings.

Visit meetings.iars.org for more information.

Discussions from the IARS Annual Meeting Continue in the Member Community

When the sessions end at the IARS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, the discussions continue in the Member Community. From a virtual poster hall to small discussion groups on important topics to continued conversations from specific sessions with speakers, you can continue to engage with experts and peers around the topics that excite you. Start participating in the Member Community now by logging into the website at www.docmatter.com/iars, downloading the mobile app from iTunes or Google Play or replying to a discussion notification email you receive from DocMatter.

The Daily Dose Keeps You in the Conversation

The Daily Dose, official e-newsletter for the IARS, AUA and SOCCA 2021 Virtual Annual Meetings, May 13-16, makes sure you are part of the conversation. Discover major takeaways from sessions on important topics in anesthesiology. Continue discussions after sessions end in the IARS, AUA and SOCCA member communities. Hear the buzz on the meetings from social media (#IARS21AM, #AUA21AM, #SOCCA21AM). Newsletter issues continue through June. Subscribe today.

Join the IARS Webinar: Airway and Gastric Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in Anesthesia on Tuesday, June 15

Join us for the upcoming webinar, Airway and Gastric Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in Anesthesia Panel on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 4:00 pm EDT to interact with our expert speakers. The International Anesthesia Research Society Virtual Education Webinar Series gives you the opportunity to attend our member-developed educational sessions, addressing top-of-mind topics in anesthesiology today. You can also view recordings on our website as your schedule allows.

Our monthly educational webinars will be open to the public and CME and recordings are available for IARS full members. To register for upcoming events, please click here.

Master What You Need to Know with SelfStudyPLUS

IARS has joined forces with the American Society of Anesthesiologists to enhance SelfStudyPLUS. Access the growing bank of 2,900+ high-yield questions now with ASA’s ACE and Summaries of Emerging Evidence (SEE). Pursue your interests while developing your skills with question-based drilling in a wide range of areas, available from any device, and across the breadth of anesthesiology. Patented AI technology focuses your time where you need it. Plus, Residency Program Directors can purchase unlimited access for all their residents.

To learn more or for a subscription, visit ssp.openanesthesia.org.

Preventing the Long-term Effects of General Anesthesia on the Developing Brain: How Translational Research can Contribute. Salaün JP, et al.

The pediatric anesthesia neurotoxicity debate is not over yet. Only stronger translational research will allow scientists to provide concrete answers to this public health issue. This review provides a discussion of recent data in this field, including the point of view of preclinical researchers, neuropsychologists and pediatric anesthesiologists. Through translational research, now more than ever, preclinical researchers have a role to play to better understand and identify long-term effects of general anesthesia on brain development in order to minimize it. Read more.

IARS Virtual Education Webinar on The Anesthesiologist’s Role in Reducing the Impact of the Opioid Crisis on April 13

The IARS Virtual Education Webinar Series gives you the opportunity to attend our member-developed educational sessions, addressing top of mind topics in anesthesiology. Join us for the webinar, “The Anesthesiologist’s Role in Reducing the Impact of the Opioid Crisis,” on April 13 at 4:00 pm EDT to interact with our expert speakers. You can also view recordings on our website as your schedule allows.

Our monthly educational webinars will be open to the public and CME and recordings are available for IARS members. To register for upcoming events, please click here.

A&A Organ Protection Themed Issue Webinar on April 20

Anesthesia & Analgesia will be holding its first themed issue webinar on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT to promote the issue on organ protection published in December 2020. The webinar will be hosted by the December 2020 guest editors, Drs. Markus Hollmann and Alexander Zarbock. They will be joined by Drs. Melanie Meersch, Benedict Preckel and Marcus Schultz, who will be discussing their articles published on this topic. To register to attend, click HERE.

IARS Virtual Education Series

The International Anesthesia Research Society is pleased to launch the IARS Virtual Education Webinar Series. Our live webinars will give you the opportunity to attend our member-developed educational sessions, addressing top of mind topics in anesthesiology today. Join us to interact with our expert speakers or view recordings on our website as your schedule allows.

Our monthly educational webinars will be open to the public and CME is available for IARS members. Recordings of these live events will be available for IARS members. To register for upcoming events, please click here.

Discussions from the IARS Annual Meeting Continue in the Member Community

When the sessions end at the IARS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, the discussions continue in the Member Community. From a virtual poster hall to small discussion groups on important topics to continued conversations from specific sessions with speakers, you can continue to engage with experts and peers around the topics that excite you. Start participating in the Member Community now by logging into the website at www.docmatter.com/iars, downloading the mobile app from iTunes or Google Play or replying to a discussion notification email you receive from DocMatter.

The Daily Dose Keeps You in the Conversation

The Daily Dose, official e-newsletter for the IARS, AUA and SOCCA 2021 Virtual Annual Meetings, May 13-16, makes sure you are part of the conversation. Discover major takeaways from sessions on important topics in anesthesiology. Continue discussions after sessions end in the IARS, AUA and SOCCA member communities. Hear the buzz on the meetings from social media, and check out photos of your peers engaging with the virtual meetings. Subscribe today.

Submit Your Application for IMRA by April 30

You:
A researcher looking to initiate a new area of research.
Working towards establishing substantial independent research funding.
<10 years of completing your clinical training.
An active IARS member (if not – join!)
If this is you, then you should apply now. Like right now, the deadline is 4.30.21.

Us:
We’ll review your application, fund up to four individual awards, with a maximum award of $175,000 each, payable over two years.
https://iars.org/awards/IMRA

IARS Commitment to Academic Excellence and Rigor

The IARS has learned that six published articles authored by Hironobu Ueshima, a member of the Department of Anesthesiology at Showa University Medical School in Tokyo, have been retracted from their respective publications due to unreliable data. An investigation by Showa University is ongoing.

Dr. Hiroshi Otake, who at the time was Chair of the Showa Anesthesiology Department and a member of the IARS Board of Trustees, was a co-author on the retracted papers. By mutual agreement, Dr. Otake subsequently resigned from the IARS Board.

The IARS has an obligation to uphold the highest standards in its governance and in the field of anesthesia research. The Society is deeply committed to ensuring complete academic integrity and is unwilling to accept or abide misconduct or the perception of misconduct. This commitment extends to the people who serve in IARS leadership.

The IARS is continuing to monitor further developments in this investigation. In the meantime, IARS leadership is redoubling its commitment to academic excellence and rigor. Our responsibility to our profession and to our patients demands nothing less.

Now Accepting 2021 IARS Mentored Research Award Applications

We are pleased to announce that the application cycle for the 2021 IARS Mentored Research Awards (IMRA) is now open! Up to four research projects will be selected to receive a maximum award of $175,000 each, payable over two years.

Applications for IMRA may be in any area of investigation (clinical, translational, basic science), but must have ultimate relevance to the broad practice of anesthesiology and its subspecialties. The grants are intended to help create future leaders and prepare applicants to apply for independent research funding.

Apply now!

Deadline to Submit an Application: April 30, 2021

For more information, please visit www.iars.org/awards/IMRA.

Late-breaking Abstract Submissions Open for the IARS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

Late-breaking abstract submissions are now open for the IARS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting! The late-breaking abstract category allows for the submission of truly late-breaking, high-impact scientific research for which results were not available at the time of the general abstract submission deadline.

Submission Deadline: March 31, 2021

For more information or to submit your research, visit https://meetings.iars.org/abstracts/submissions/.

IARS Membership Discounts for Journal Affiliate Society Members

Members of affiliate societies of Anesthesia & Analgesia are eligible to receive a discount on an IARS membership. To take advantage of this special discount, contact your affiliate society for a discount code. Only one discount may be applied per member. Click here to view a list of affiliate societies and membership options.

Collaborate with Your Colleagues in the IARS Member Community

Connect with peers and thought leaders in the IARS Member Community, a space tailored to the needs and requirements of the medical community. Collaborate and strategize on best practices for your clinical and research practice. Join or start discussions on the most pertinent topics related to the specialty.

IARS Complimentary Membership Offer for Fellows and Trainees

The IARS is committed to supporting education and scientific research to advance the specialty of anesthesiology. One way we fulfill this commitment is by offering complimentary membership to all trainees and fellows. Interested fellows and trainees can receive complimentary membership through 2021 by selecting “Join” in the blue bar at the top of the IARS.org website.

FAER Research Funding Opportunities

Applications for the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research’s (FAER) Spring 2021 Grant Cycle are open now through February 15, 2021. Funding mechanisms include the Mentored Research Training Grant, Research Fellowship Grant, Research in Education Grant, and GEMSSTAR Grant. FAER also has two co-sponsored awards available. Letter of Intent submissions for the APSF-FAER Mentored Research Training Grant, co-sponsored by the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), are due to [email protected] no later than January 1, 2021, and applications for the AHA-FAER Career Development Award are due to the American Heart Association (AHA) by February 16, 2021. Find out more here.

International Symposium on Innate Immunity and COVID-19 | Friday, December 11, 8am – 12:30 pm CST

This complimentary symposium, co-hosted by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Global Virus Network, is designed to help understand the role of innate immunity in relation to the current COVID-19 pandemic, as well as to future pandemics. Hear from leading health experts from academic research to nonprofits on a wide range of topics from the basics of innate immunity to what lies ahead in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic beyond the lab.

Click here to learn more about the distinguished speakers, program schedule and to register.

Dr. Y.S. Prakash joins the IARS Board of Trustees

Y.S. Prakash, MD, PhD, has recently joined the IARS Board of Trustees. A recognized investigator and an expert in lung biology, he is Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, and former Vice Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Prakash brings a wealth of experience in studying lung diseases across the age spectrum including asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension. Dr. Prakash adds a unique perspective to the IARS Board with a background that spans anesthesiology, physiology, and electrical and biomedical engineering. Read more here.

Apply now – 2021 IARS Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award

The application period for our largest IARS grant is now OPEN! Apply now if you’re an individual investigator who is innovative, creative and committed to advancing research in the anesthesiology field. Apply to demonstrate your leadership skills and to foster the scientific evolution of a novel concept. Learn more here.

IARS Past Chair Dr. Emery Brown awarded SfN’s 2020 Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience

IARS Past Chair Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD, has been awarded the 2020 Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience by the Society for Neuroscience (SfN). Supported by the Swartz Foundation, this $30,000 prize honors an individual whose work has produced a significant cumulative contribution to theoretical and computational methods in neuroscience, has introduced new ideas and directions for brain research or made a pioneering recent advancement to the specialty. With his breadth and depth of influence in decoding patterns of neural and brain network activity and advancing how anesthetics affect the brain, Dr. Brown certainly more than meets the award’s aims. Read more here.

IARS Past Chair Dr. Emery N. Brown presents the 2020 DeWitt Stetten Jr. Lecture

IARS Past Chair Emery N. Brown, MD, PhD will present the 2020 DeWitt Stetten Jr. Lecture on “Rethinking General Anesthesia” on November 18 at 3:00 pm ET, sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Despite employing general anesthesia for more than 165 years in the United States, and more than 100,000 Americans being anesthetized each day for surgery, how anesthetic drugs work is still a mystery. A neuroscientist, statistician and anesthesiologist and the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dr. Brown will attempt to uncover some answers behind this quandary. Read more here.

IARS Board Member Colleen G. Koch, MD, MS, MBA named Dean of University of Florida College of Medicine

IARS Board Member and Past Chair Colleen G. Koch, MD, MS, MBA has been named Dean of the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. Dr. Koch is currently the Mark C. Rogers Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine and Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital; she will be the 10th dean and the first woman to hold this appointment in the school’s 64-year history. Nationally recognized for her clinical outcomes research in cardiac surgery, transfusions and quality of life with more than 100 publications, she is uniquely prepared for this important role, which is set to begin in January 2021. Read more here.

IARS Board Member Dr. Santhanam Suresh elected as ABA President

The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) announced the election of Santhanam Suresh, MD, MBA, IARS Journal Liaison and Board Member, as its new president. Dr. Suresh, the Arthur C. King Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatric Anesthesiology at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital), will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role, furthering the ABA’s mission to advance excellence in the practice of anesthesiology. Learn more here.

Announcing the Appointment of Dr. Dean Andropoulos as the Medical Officer of SmartTots

The IARS announces the appointment of Dean Andropoulos, MD, M.H.C.M. as the Medical Officer of SmartTots. Dr. Andropoulos is an established clinical researcher, and a board-certified physician in Anesthesiology and Pediatric Anesthesiology. He is Anesthesiologist-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and Professor, Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, at Baylor College of Medicine. As the Medical Officer of SmartTots, he will help promote and advocate for research to advance and ensure safety of anesthesia in children. He will specifically work with researchers, clinicians, parents and other relevant stakeholders to develop research strategies to address the pressing challenges to understand the effects of anesthetic and sedative agents in the developing brain. He will also work with all stakeholders to support the implementation and dissemination of research results related to all SmartTots-related issues.

IARS 2021 T.H. Seldon Memorial Lecture: Translational Science in the 21st Century on Saturday, May 15 | 11:15 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time

Christopher P. Austin, MD, director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will address “Translational Science in the 21st Century,” exploring how anesthesiology can contribute to the mission of advancing translational science. Dr. Austin’s expertise in translational science and experience as NCATS Director will, without a doubt, inspire attendees who are committed to advancing the fields of anesthesiology, pain medicine and critical care.

2020 World Critical Care and Anesthesiology Conference – March 19-20 in Thailand

Save the new dates for the 2020 World Critical Care and Anesthesiology Conference, endorsed by the Neurocritical Care Society (NCS), March 19-20, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand! Register now and save 40%! For more info, email [email protected] or visit the meeting website at https://criticalcare.episirus.org/.

Congratulations 2020 IARS Mentored Research Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 IARS Mentored Research Award Winners: Drs. Michael Bokoch and Catharina Conrad, both at UCSF, Kamrouz Ghadimi at Duke University Medical Center and Yusuke Sugasawa at Juntendo University School of Medicine! Learn more about their relevant research to further the understanding of clinical practice in anesthesiology and related sciences at https://iars.org/iars-mentored-research-award.

Collaborate with Colleagues via the IARS Member Community

Join conversations or post a clinical problem that you need help solving on the IARS Member Community. You can share best practices and collaborate easily and quickly in this member-only space. Some of the latest topics include this month’s Journal Club on Fibrinolysis Shutdown, COVID-19 shedding, and Perioperative Surgical Home initiatives at your institution plus more.

Feedback Survey on the IARS COVID-19 Resource Newsletter

In an effort to ensure that the IARS COVID-19 Resource Newsletter is providing you with the most timely and relevant information to help you address this major health crisis, the IARS would like your opinion. Please take a few moments to share your feedback by completing this short survey. Thank you for your time!

IARS is a proud supporter of the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020 virtual Research Lounge

Register now for ASA’s October 2-5 virtual annual meeting—just $99 for ASA members and free for resident, fellow, and student members. Explore the best science in the specialty, access more than 500 scientific abstracts, and discover relevant new ideas and practices you can immediately integrate into your own programs. Research will be presented throughout the program, in addition to an intensive Research Day on Monday.

As part of our ongoing effort to support innovation and discovery, IARS, ASA, FAER and AUA are collaborating to bring you the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 virtual Research Lounge—network with leaders in the specialty, reconnect with colleagues, meet new industry partners, and reach out to the next generation of researchers via informal drop-ins and scheduled, topic-specific discussion tables. Explore the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 research track.

Dr. Lee A. Fleisher appointed as Chief Medical Officer and Director of CCSQ

Lee A. Fleisher, MD, an IARS member, was recently appointed as Chief Medical Officer and Director of The Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dr. Fleisher is currently the Robert Dunning Dripps Professor of Anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania Health System as well as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care until assuming this position; he will take over the role from Jean Moody-Williams, who will remain as CMS deputy director. He brings an abundance of experience as a practicing anesthesiologist, academic and leader in the field of medicine. Dr. Fleisher has an extensive background in health policy as well as experience defining Quality of Care metrics. In this new role, Dr. Fleisher will help to ensure the safety and security of America’s nursing homes, improving quality and safety in the nation’s healthcare facilities, and reducing burdensome regulations to give providers more time to care for their patients.

Read more here.

IARS launches COVID-19 Resource Newsletter

The IARS has convened a Scientific Advisory Board to curate the thousands of emerging journal articles on COVID-19 and highlight those of greatest value to anesthesiologists, intensivists, related specialists, and investigators. The articles featured here are the result of extensive review and discussion among our panel of experts. Featured articles are openly available on their respective journal websites. Journal CME is available for selected articles. For more information on COVID-19, visit the IARS COVID-19 website.

Read and subscribe to the newsletter.

SmartTots is seeking a Medical Officer to join its team

The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) is seeking candidates for the position of Medical Officer for the IARS-FDA SmartTots Public-Private Partnership.

Interested individuals should submit a succinct letter of interest and qualifications and a CV to [email protected] by July 15, 2020.

Learn more here. 

Call for Session Proposals for the IARS 2021 Annual Meeting – Submit Now!

It’s time to submit your Session Proposal for the IARS 2021 Annual Meeting. Make plans to share your innovative ideas and break-through research with fellow anesthesiologists.

We’re accepting submissions for Innovative Sessions, Symposia, Panels, Problem-Based Learning Discussions, Workshops, and Review Course Lectures.

Deadline to Submit: July 10, 2020, 11:59 pm EST.

Learn more here.

Invitation to Join the IARS-DocMatter Member Community Advisory Board

The IARS is looking for a few members to take a leadership role on the IARS Member Community Advisory Board as part of our partnership with DocMatter.  Advisors are asked to meet periodically with the DocMatter team to counsel them on their strategy to engage the members of the IARS Member Community. DocMatter does the work behind the scenes to make sure our members are able to easily, and efficiently collaborate with fellow IARS members, but they can do so much more with the guidance of advisors.

There is not a significant time commitment for advisors. We will ask that you set aside about an hour a month to work with DocMatter. Activities will include brainstorming on ideas for content for the IARS Member Community, help directing their team toward IARS members who would be subject matter experts in areas that come up for discussion, and being on call for ad hoc advice on how to best utilize the IARS Member Community (considering our current society goals and initiatives) to benefit our members.

If you are interested, email Meghan Whitbeck at [email protected] with your interest and CV.

$9 million grant awarded to CROWN Collaborative

Investigations now underway to explore promising therapeutic treatments for the protection of healthcare workers against COVID-19

An international group of physicians and scientists recently established the COVID-19 Research Outcomes Worldwide Network (CROWN) Collaborative, a global research network charged with investigating promising therapeutic treatments to protect frontline healthcare workers from COVID-19 infection. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is serving as the central clinical coordinating center for the CROWN Collaborative under the leadership of IARS Board Member Michael Avidan, MBBCh, FCASA. Dr. Avidan is a Principal Investigator for the study.

To support this important work, the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator awarded $9 million in philanthropic support to the CROWN Collaborative for research and development to bring effective COVID-19 treatments to market quickly. An initiative with contributions from an array of public and philanthropic donors including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome Trust, the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator is aimed at speeding up R&D and slowing down the spread of COVID-19.

Comprised of investigators from prominent research organizations in African, European, North American and South American countries, including Cameroon, Canada, Ghana, Ireland, Peru, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Zambia, the CROWN Collaborative is testing whether the antimalaria drug, chloroquine, can prevent COVID-19 infection or decrease its severity in healthcare workers on the frontlines.

Learn more here.

Highlights from the Global COVID-19 Newsletter

The IARS, in partnership with DocMatter and many other medical societies with providers on the front lines, and the distinguished physician volunteers on the COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Board (C19SAB), are contributing to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic by helping all healthcare professionals access global peer experience and education. View the daily newsletter of hand-selected publications, reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Board for the Global COVID-19 DocMatter Community Newsletter.

N95 Mask Decontamination Information

Interest in decontamination and re-use of N95 and similarly rated particle filtering masks designed for single use has skyrocketed due to extraordinary demand that cannot be met during the current COVID-19 pandemic. For a decontamination technique to be considered worthy it must satisfy at least 4 criteria.
1.     Effective in inactivating the targeted pathogen
2.     Preserve desired particle filtration after decontamination
3.     Preserve mask fit
4.     Be safe for reuse

We have assembled potentially useful resources and references on this topic. Click here to read more.

IARS Endorses intubateCOVID Registry

IARS has agreed to endorse and help fund the US component of intubateCOVID.org, a global registry to track occupational exposures and health outcomes for anesthesiologists and other clinicians involved in airway management for COVID-19 patients. To learn more about participating, please visit intubatecovid.org or contact the project team at [email protected].

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is a major health crisis straining the healthcare system and affecting us all. The IARS is committed to supporting our members who are addressing this illness on the front lines in any way we can.

IARS has assembled a content base with the latest peer-reviewed articles on COVID-19 from leading medical journals, sorted by topic and chronologically. In the daily Global COVID-19 DocMatter Community Newsletter healthcare professionals on the front lines are given access to global peer experiences and education from publications hand-selected and reviewed by the IARS-DocMatter COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Board. All of these articles are openly available without login. View the resources.

Call for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Submissions to Anesthesia & Analgesia and A&A Practice

Given the recent emergence of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the ensuing worldwide, widespread human-to-human transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a pandemic status for this virus and virus-related disease.

COVID-19 remains a rapidly evolving and thus fluid disease. However, what is clear is the tremendous adverse impact COVID-19 is having on the health and well-being of the world’s population.

In the absence of timely, valid, and pertinent information, many clinicians worldwide are inadequately informed and insufficiently prepared to help manage this new disease. Anesthesia & Analgesia and A&A Practice are committed to assisting our audience in addressing the current COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more about what is available.

IARS Trustee Dr. Laura E. Niklason Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

IARS Trustee Laura E. Niklason, PhD, MD, was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), honored for her work in cardiovascular engineering, lung regeneration, and biomedical imaging. She joins a venerated group of more than 2,000 of the world’s most accomplished engineers recognized for making outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice and education and for pioneering new frontiers in technology.

Coronavirus Self-Protection Precautions for Healthcare Workers Released by University of Toronto

The University of Toronto has released Coronavirus contact precautions for healthcare workers involved with treating patients who have, or are suspected of having, the Coronavirus. The guidelines concentrate on intubation for a suspected or confirmed patient infected with the novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV. Assembled by infection prevention and control experts at the University of Toronto, these are interim recommendations as the guidelines may change.

The guidelines offer recommendations for routine and non-routine care, but urge healthcare workers to seek advice from their local infectious disease experts as care may differ by region.

Click here to access the University of Toronto Coronavirus Safety Precautions. This page also links to additional resources from a variety of sources including the World Health Organization, Toronto Public Health and more.

The application period for the IARS Mentored Research Award is now OPEN!

We are pleased to announce that the application cycle for the 2020 IARS Mentored Research Awards (IMRA) is now open! Up to four research projects will be selected to receive a maximum award of $175,000 each, payable over two years. All applications must be received by April 30, 2020 for consideration. Applications for IMRA may be in any area of investigation (clinical, translational, basic science), but must have ultimate relevance to the broad practice of anesthesiology and its subspecialties. The grants are intended to help create future leaders and prepare applicants to apply for independent research funding. For more information, please visit www.iars.org/awards/IMRA.

Dr. Max Kelz Brings Passion for Research to IARS Board

For much of his career, Dr. Kelz has contributed to unraveling the mystery behind how anesthetic drugs work while concurrently providing exceptional mentorship to promising young investigators. Find out how his expertise and passion for the specialty of anesthesiology will benefit the IARS community.

From EEG Bispectral Monitoring to Perioperative Medicine: Enhancing Recovery after Surgery and Improving Patient Care

The IARS established its grants and awards program in 1983 to further the scientific advancement of the anesthesiology specialty. To date, the IARS has funded more than 200 projects, contributing more than $14 million to the anesthesia community – nearly $1 million annually.

Tong Joo “TJ” Gan, MD, MHS, FRCA, MBA was an early recipient of the IARS Clinical Scholars Research Award (CSRA). The CSRA was created in 1994 by IARS to further the understanding of anesthesiology and related sciences in clinical practice through clinical investigations and in 2011 became the IARS Mentored Research Award (IMRA). Find out how this award guided his career trajectory over the past 20 years.

Interview with Kosaka Best of Meeting Award Winner: Jacob Basak, MD, PhD

Dr. Jacob Basak, a critical care fellow in the department of anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, was awarded the Kosaka Best of Meeting Award Winner – Scholars at the IARS 2019 Annual Meeting for his research, “Bacterial Sepsis Increases Fibrillary Amyloid Load and Neuroinflammation in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s disease Pathology.” Learn more about why he attended the Annual Meeting, what winning this award meant to him and the purpose of his research.

Interview with Kosaka Best of Meeting Award Winner: Ming Ann Sing, MBBS

Dr. Ming Ann Sing, a year 2 anesthesiology resident in the National University Hospital of Singapore, received the Kosaka Best of Meeting Award Winner – Clinical Research at the IARS 2019 Annual Meeting for her research, “Sustaining the Gains – A 6 Year Follow through of the Impact of a Hospital Wide Patient Safety Strategy on Global and Anesthetic Patient Safety Outcomes.” Learn about some of the pain points she encountered in conducting research and why she finds research awards valuable.

Interview with Kosaka Best of Meeting Award Winner: Viola Neudecker, MD

Dr. Viola Neudecker, a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University, was selected to receive the Kosaka Best of Meeting Award in Basic Science Research at the IARS 2019 Annual Meeting for her research, “GFAP expression in the visual cortex is increased in juvenile non-human primates that were exposed to anesthesia during infancy.” Learn about the goals and results of her research as well as why she finds the IARS Annual Meeting valuable.

The National Academy of Medicine honors two IARS Trustees

The National Academy of Medicine recently recognized IARS Trustees George Mashour, MD, PhD, and Beverley Ann Orser, MD, PhD, FRCPC, for their professional accomplishments and service to the field of medicine and health care, electing them as members to its esteemed membership of the top individuals in their field of medicine. Their election to the 2018 class of the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the field. The mission of the National Academy of Medicine is to improve health for all by advancing science, accelerating health equity, and providing independent, authoritative, and trusted advice nationally and internationally. Discover why Drs. Mashour and Orser’s dedication to the advancement of science and efforts to improve patient outcomes exemplify the mission of NAM.

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IARS has assembled a content base with the latest peer-reviewed articles on COVID-19 from leading medical journals, sorted by topic and chronologically. All of these articles are openly available without login. View the resources.

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The IARS Research News, an e-newsletter for IARS members, curates the latest IARS research content and news in the specialty into one, easy-to-access location, saving you time from your busy schedule and providing a tool to improve your anesthesiology endeavors.

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Find out what the experts in the field are saying about the Annual Meeting, IARS and anesthesia as a whole in videos on the IARS YouTube Channel.

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Read the latest news about pediatric anesthesia research focused on making surgery safer for infants and children.

The Daily Dose

The Daily Dose is the official e-newsletter of the IARS Annual Meeting. After each day of the meeting, IARS members and Annual Meeting attendees will receive articles and summaries of sessions presented. Each day, review the sessions you have attended or read about the sessions you might have missed.

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