The Department of Anesthesiology has been selected as a potential host site for students participating in the 2020 FAER Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) Summer Program. The following faculty members have been approved as mentors for the program: Tibor Kristian, Ph.D., Gary Fiskum, Ph.D., Rebecca Henry, Ph.D., Wei Chao, MD, Ph.D., FAHA, Junfang Wu, BM, MS, Ph.D., Peter Hu, Ph.D., Konstantin Birukov, M.D., Ph.D., Megan Anders, M.D., Marta Lipinski, Ph.D. and Bogdan Stoica, M.D.
Congratulations to Dr. Brittney Williams for being awarded the Mentored Research Training Grant (MRTG) by the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) for her research project titled "Role of TLR7 in Platelet Activation and Dysfunction in Sepsis". The award, $250,000 over two years, helps physician-scientists develop the skills, preliminary data for subsequent grant applications, and research publications needed to become independent investigators. This year, FAER received 58 high quality applications for research training grants. Dr. Williams was selected as one of the 5 recipients of this prestigious award. For more information on this award visit https://www.asahq.org/faer/about/newsandevents/faer2019fallgrantcycle
Junfang Wu, BM, PhD, Associate Professor, the Department of Anesthesiology and Steven Michael Jay, PhD, Associate Professor from University of Maryland, College Park, received a five-year, $2,799,596 grant (NIH RF1) from the National Institute on Aging (NIH/NIA) and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS) for “Dementia Following Spinal Cord Injury: Mechanism and Therapeutic Targeting”.
Brittney Williams, MD, Assistant Professor and Cardiac Anesthesiologist, recently published a research article in the September 30, 2019 issue of Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis titled “Toll‐like receptors 2 and 7 mediate coagulation activation and coagulopathy in murine sepsis”. Click here for full article.
Reney A. Henderson, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, has been chosen for the SABM (Society for the Advancement of Blood Management) Research Starter Grant Award which will fund his study entitled “Hematological and Endothelial Function after Autologous Blood Infusion in Cardiac Surgery Patients.”
Michael Mazzeffi, MD, Associate Professor and Division Chief of Critical Care Anesthesiology, recently published an article in the August 2019 Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia titled “Von Willebrand Factor-GP1bα Interactions in Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients”. The study video, which shows a flow chamber experiment, is featured as the Video of the Month. Click here for the full video.
The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium aligning with the Association of University Anesthesiologists(AUA) Annual Meeting and Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) Annual Meeting took place Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 20, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The Department of Anesthesiology was well represented with faculty and student presentations throughout the meeting. Gary Fiskum, PhD, M. Jane Matjasko Professor for Research and Vice Chair for Research, presented Hyperoxic Resuscitation Following Canine Cardiac Arrest Increases Cerebellar Purkinje Neuronal Damage and Inflammatory Microglial Activation as part of the AUA Advisory Board Oral Session I and as part of AUA Poster Session B on Thursday, May 16, which earned him the distinction of being chosen as one of four top finalists for the Kosaka Best of Meeting Abstract Awards in the Basic Science Category.
Alan Faden, MD, David S. Brown Professor in Trauma and Director, Shock Trauma Anesthesiology Research Center (STAR), presented Omics Applications in Neurotrauma Research: From Pathobiology to Treatment on Saturday, May 18 as part of the SOCCA Panel entitled, “Towards Precision Medicine Intensive Care Unit,” moderated by Robert David Stevens, MD, FCCM of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
On Sunday, May 19, Wei Chao, MD, PhD, FAHA, Anesthesiology Endowed Professor in Translational Research, Vice-Chair for Translational Research and Associate Director, Shock Trauma anesthesiology Research Center, moderated the SOCCA Panel entitled, “Sepsis-Induced Coagulopathy: Mechanisms and Management.” Of the three presentations given, the second was presented by the Department’s Brittney Williams, MD on Molecular Link between Inflammation and Coagulopathy in Sepsis.
Nurses Week events were held May 6-12, 2019 in conjunction with the Clinical Practice Summit and Patient Safety Summit. The Clinical Practice Summit and Patient Safety Summit entitled “Cultivating a Spirit of Inquiry and Inter-Professional Teamwork” was held from Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 10 in the Weinberg Atrium. The Department of Anesthesiology was represented by eight posters by both clinical and research project groups.
The annual 2019 Nurses Week awards were given out Thursday, May 9 in the School of Nursing Auditorium. The Department of Anesthesiology‘s Marisa Conry, MS, CRNA was given the Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing award. In all categories there were twelve other nominations for awards to Department of Anesthesiology CRNAs or associated support positions. In addition, Douglas Martz, MD was given the Physician Colleague award for 2019. Three other Department of Anesthesiology faculty members, Megan Anders, MD, Mary Hyder, MD and Bhavani Kodali, MBBS, MD were extended the honor of a nomination. Click here to see the full list of nominees and winners.
On Saturday, May 4, 2019 the University of Maryland School of Medicine hosted its annual gala for alumni, donors, faculty, staff, and students at the Baltimore Convention Center. The title of this year’s gala was “Vital Signs, Vital Victories” emphasizing the School of Medicine’s continued tradition of excellence in the areas of medical education, patient care and research.
Each year the School of Medicine Gala coincides with the Medical Alumni Association Reunion Weekend making it the perfect opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of the many dedicated physicians, biomedical researchers and allied health professionals who work together every day. Featured prominently in this year’s video presentation were two pediatric anesthesiologists: Anne Savarese, MD, FAAP, Division Chief and Stephanie Kahntroff, MD, Division member for their contributions to several of the pediatric patient cases that were highlighted. Click here to view the video.
Several members of the Division of Trauma Anesthesiology contributed to the March 2019 issue of Anesthesiology Clinics. Maureen McCunn, MD, MIPP, FCCM served as the lead editor of the issue, the topic of which was “Cutting-Edge Trauma and Emergency Care.” Samuel Galvagno, Jr., DO, PhD was the lead author of “Advanced Trauma Life Support® Update 2019: Management and Applications for Adults and Special Populations.” Finally, Bianca Conti, MD and Ravi Chauhan, FRCA contributed to “Novel Methods for Hemorrhage Control: Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta and Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation.” Click here to access the full issue.
Wei Chao, MD, PhD, FAHA was recently awarded the The Anesthesiology Endowed Professorship In Translational Research. Dr. Chao’s laboratory, a part of the Anesthesiology Translational Research Program, studies the innate immune signaling system and its role in sepsis, trauma, and myocardial ischemic injury. The laboratory has established state-of-the-art experimental systems that are essential for investigators to delineate the molecular, cellular, and organ physiological changes during sepsis, traumatic injuries, and tissue ischemia. In receiving this honor, Dr. Chao join five other endowed professors in the department (Drs. Birukov, Faden, Fiskum, Njoku, and Rock).
For the third year in a row, the Department has maintained its ranking as #11 in NIH funding amongst all US Anesthesiology Departments. These rankings are compiled annually by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Congratulations to the investigators whose hard work, dedication, innovation, and commitment to discovery continue to propel the Department forward as a research powerhouse.