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2021 ASA Excellence in Research Award

2021 James E. Cottrell Presidential Scholar Award


2021 ASA Excellence in Research Award: Call for Nominations
The annual ASA Excellence in Research Award recognizes an individual for outstanding achievement in research that has or is likely to have an important impact on the practice of anesthesiology.

The individual’s work must represent a body of original, mature, and sustained contribution to the advancement of the science of anesthesiology. The nominee need not be a physician, an anesthesiologist, or a member of the ASA, but must be presently engaged in research related to anesthesiology, academically accomplished with peer-reviewed publications and funded research, and nominated in response to a call  for nominations.  The completed application must include the nominee’s current curriculum vitae, a letter of nomination, and a seconding letter from two individuals with an understanding of the research contributions of the individual.

The 2020 Award for Excellence in Research was presented to Ru-Rong Ji, Ph.D., at the virtual ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 annual meeting on Sunday, October 4, 2020 during the Celebration of Research.  Dr. Ji is Professor of Anesthesiology, Neurobiology and Cell Biology and Co-Director of the Center for Translational Pain Medicine at Duke University.  He has spent his career researching molecular and cellular mechanisms of chronic pain, including but not limited to mediators of inflammation and pain, neuropathic pain, and cancer pain. He is internationally recognized for demonstrating critical roles of MAP kinase signaling pathways and glial cells in the pathogenesis of chronic pain. His more recent work has demonstrated powerful antinociceptive actions of pro-resolution lipid mediators and he is also unraveling the relationship between itch and pain.

The deadline for nominations for the 2021 Excellence in Research Award is March 31, 2021. Please submit nominations or any questions regarding this award to Ryan Walther, Managing Editor, Anesthesiology; e-mail: managing-editor@anesthesiology.org.  Click here to see a list of previous award winners and read about their careers and research.  Registered annual meeting attendees can view Dr. Ji’s presentation at the 2020 Celebration of Research here.



2021 James E. Cottrell, M.D., Presidential Scholar Award: Call for Nominations
The James E. Cottrell, M.D., Presidential Scholar Award recognizes colleagues who dedicate their formative careers to research. Anesthesiologists who are within 10 years of their first appointment to a department of anesthesiology, who are Board-certified in their country of practice, who are ASA members, and who are clinically active in anesthesia, intensive care, or pain medicine are eligible for the award. Nominees must be academically accomplished with peer-reviewed publications and funded research. Candidates should be nominated by their department chair or by the Committee on Research. The nominee’s department chair should submit a letter of support and the nominee’s current curriculum vitae as well as one seconding letter from a senior faculty member. Only one nominee per department will be accepted.

The recipient of the 2020 Presidential Scholar Award was Robert Sanders B.Sc., M.B.B.S., Ph.D., F.R.C.A., Nuffield Chair of Anaesthetics at the University of Sydney. The award was presented at the virtual ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 annual meeting on Sunday, October 4, 2020 during the Celebration of Research. Dr. Sanders trained in medicine and then received his Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Imperial College London. He subsequently did a postdoctoral fellowship at University College London and then a neuroanaesthesia fellowship. He was next appointed Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  In 2019, he was awarded the Macintosh Professorship by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK, and in 2020 relocated to the University of Sydney. His research has focused on neuroscientific mechanisms of disease to improve patient outcomes and experience. He studies the pathogenesis, and impact, of neuropsychiatric disorders such as delirium and dementia to identify novel therapeutics and investigates the mechanisms of anesthesia to induce sensory disconnection and unconsciousness to yield new approaches to providing anesthesia.

The deadline for nominations for the 2021 James E. Cottrell, M.D., Presidential Scholar Award is March 31, 2021. Please submit nominations or any questions regarding this award to Ryan Walther, Managing Editor, Anesthesiology; e-mail: managing-editor@anesthesiology.org. Click here to see a list of previous award winners and read about their careers and research.  Registered annual meeting attendees can view Dr. Sander’s presentation at the 2020 Celebration of Research here.
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