Department of Anesthesia Research

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Research by faculty and researchers of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine extends in to realms well beyond the traditional academic structure. Departmental cutting-edge research brings together innovative basic science, translational clinical projects, entrepreneurial work in care delivery and fosters interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation across multiple clinical disciplines. It also explores innovation in medical education for technical, clinical and communication skills using advanced simulation training. The Department continues its dedication to translating innovative research findings into the most advanced patient care.

Faculty and researchers actively pursue both clinical and laboratory research projects in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. Clinical research is performed throughout the operating rooms, intensive care units and wards. Laboratory research is performed in the Anesthesia and Critical Care Laboratory at the John F. Enders Pediatric Research Laboratories. Fellows in all programs are encouraged to participate. Part of the Department’s significant investment in research includes internal departmental funding for the Distinguished Trailblazer Award. The goal of this funding is to improve knowledge relevant to the practice of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine, Pain Medicine, and Critical Care with the primary purpose of fostering the growth of research within the department. This funding is aimed at projects that will yield data suitable for presentation at national and international meetings, peer-reviewed publication, and provide data for NIH or Foundation award applications. Currently, $250,000 per year is available to fellows and junior faculty, generally awarded as 5 grants of $50,000 each awarded by the Department’s Research Executive Committee after competitive applications are reviewed.

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