HHS leaders visit Department of Anesthesiology Moron-Concepcion lab

Leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) visited the Washington University Medical Campus Sept. 20 to hear about strategies to address the opioid crisis, which has claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people in the United States since 1999.  Eric D. Hargan, HHS deputy, led a roundtable discussion, accompanied by […]

Dr. Athiraman receives three research grants to study anesthetic conditioning

Dr. Umeshkumar Athiraman, M.B.B.S., M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine and a neuroanesthesiologist in the General Anesthesiology Division, has received three research grants to study the role of nitric oxide synthase in isoflurane conditioning for subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH)-induced delayed cerebral ischemia and the role of isoflurane conditioning […]

Two Informaticians Join the Department of Anesthesiology and I2 as Faculty Members

Two internationally recognized Informaticians join Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). Joanna Abraham and Thomas Kannampallil will be the first joint faculty members in the Washington University Anesthesiology Department (WUDA) and the Institute for Informatics (I2). Joanna Abraham received a PhD in Information Sciences and Technology from Pennsylvania State University in May 2010. Prior to […]

Two Anesthesiology Research Fellows Awarded IARS Grants

Kate Meacham MD, PhD has been awarded an IARS (International Anesthesia Research Society) Mentored Research Award for her project titled “A wireless system for the mechanistic study of spinal cord stimulation.” Dr. Meacham will use the two years of support to develop a novel translational device for investigating mechanisms-of-action of new types of spinal cord […]

Kate Gurba, MD, PhD awarded FAER Fellowship Grant

Kate Gurba, MD, PhD was recently awarded a Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Research Fellowship grant for her project titled “Preclinical Evaluation of Analgesia Mediated by a Novel Muscarinic M4 Positive Allosteric Modulator”. The opioid epidemic has created an urgent need for effective, nonopioid analgesics, and previous work suggests analgesic efficacy from the M4 […]

Dr. Arvind Palanisamy wins best scientific paper award at the annual meeting of SOAP

The Department of Anesthesiology is pleased to announce that Dr. Arvind Palanisamy, MD, FRCA, won the best paper award for his abstract, ‘Effect of uterine hypercontractility on the placenta and the fetal brain’, at the recently concluded annual meeting of the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) in Miami, FL. In a pregnant rat […]

David Potter receives Dean’s Distinguished Service Award

David Potter, Director of CRNA Activities, is the Winner of the Washington University School of Medicine Dean’s Distinguished Service Award for 2018. Prior to his career in anesthesiology, David Potter served in the US Navy from 1978 – 1984 as Department Supervisor and Sonar Technician. He returned to school after the Navy and graduated Valedictorian […]

Dr. Aaron Norris will join the Anesthesiology Residency Program Leadership group

The Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University is pleased to announce that Aaron Norris, MD, PhD will formally be joining the Anesthesiology Residency Program Leadership group serving in the position of Assistant Program Director for Scholarship. This past academic year, Dr. Norris directed the selection and mentorship programs for the Department’s clinician-scientist training programs. Dr. […]

Dr. Douglas Thompson Named Program Director of the Anesthesiology Residency Training Program

The Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University is pleased to announce that Dr. Douglas Thompson will become Program Director of the Anesthesiology Residency Training Program beginning July 1, 2018. For the past year he has been Associate Program Director of the Anesthesiology Residency Training Program. Dr. Thompson is a graduate of the University of California […]

How a light touch can spur severe itching

This story originally appeared here. For some people, particularly those who are elderly, even a light touch of the skin or contact with clothing can lead to unbearable itching. What’s worse, anti-itch treatments, including hydrocortisone, don’t provide much relief for this type of itching. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis […]

Jordan Shaker receives Spector prize for the best Undergraduate Research Thesis in biology

Jordan Shaker, a Washington University in St. Louis undergraduate student graduating in 2018 with a major in Biology: neuroscience track and a minor in Chemistry, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Spector prize for the best Undergraduate Research Thesis in biology. Jordan’s thesis work, titled “Endogenous Opioidergic Circuits Involved in Thermoregulation” was […]

Jose Moron-Concepcion, PhD, Invited to Present at Illicit Synthetic Opioids Interdiction Summit

Jose Moron-Concepcion, PhD was invited as a special guest of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) New York Field Office, which hosted an Illicit Synthetic Opioids Interdiction Summit in New York City on April 18, 2018 at the historic Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House. Pharmaceutical fentanyl misuse was first seen in the mid-1970s in […]

Research Team Wins Stanford Medicine X Nokia Digital Health Challenge

In 2016, five teams from some of the world’s leading medical research institutes were selected to explore how digital health devices could shape the future of research. Each study was inspired by our Everyone Included™ research principles, which emphasize the role of patients and multidisciplinary care teams in study design. The results were remarkable. The teams used […]

Robert Gereau, PhD selected to prestigious Fellowship program

MAYDAY FUND ANNOUNCES 2018-19 WINNERS OF THE MAYDAY PAIN AND SOCIETY FELLOWSHIP Twelve pain experts selected to prestigious Fellowship program focused on communications and advocacy for improved pain care NEW YORK (March 9, 2018) – The MAYDAY Fund today announced the selection of twelve experts in pain science and care to be Fellows of The Mayday […]

Michael R. Bruchas, PhD is Inaugural Recipient of MINS Rising Star Award

This story originally appeared here. The Mahoney Institute for Neurosciences (MINS) at the University of Pennsylvania announced that Michael R. Bruchas, PhD, the Henry E. Mallinckrodt Professor in the departments of Anesthesiology and Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, is the recipient of the inaugural Rising Star Award in neuroscience research. To […]

Richard S. Hotchkiss, MD finds new way to fight sepsis

This story originally appeared here. While many people have never heard of sepsis, it causes about 250,000 deaths annually in the United States. The condition develops when an infection triggers an overwhelming immune response, ultimately wreaking havoc on the immune system. Standard treatment involves high doses of antibiotics that fight the infection, but they often […]

30th Annual C. R. Stephen Lecture was delivered by Vamsi Mootha, M.D.

The 30th Annual C. R. Stephen Lecture of the Department of Anesthesiology was delivered by Vamsi Mootha, M.D., Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Mootha discussed Mitochondrial Systems Biology: Understanding the Whole from the Parts at the lecture on April 11, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. in […]

Dr. Avidan works to improve outcomes for patients during and after surgery

This story originally appeared here. Michael Avidan and his colleagues sit in a windowless room in front of a panel of screens tapped into every operating room at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. It’s conceptually similar to an air traffic control tower, except they aren’t tracking airplanes. Relying on customized software, the screens provide synthesized data about patients, […]