Spring 2018

President’s Message
by Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh

The AUA has had another successful year, and on behalf of the AUA council I would like to express sincere gratitude to Jeanine Wiener-Kronish for her effective and inspiring leadership as AUA president over the last two years. Indeed, Jeanine has had a hand in many of our strategic initiatives, and has contributed substantially to the AUA’s recent accomplishments, including our recent meeting in Chicago.

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New AUA Educational Advisory Board (EAB) Chair

The EAB has been quite fortunate to have Dr. Bob Gaiser as its Chair for the past four years. He has led the EAB with its charge to plan the education program for the Association’s Annual Meeting. In addition, he has arranged to have education-related topics in each of the Association’s Newsletters. We are indebted to his commitment and superb leadership over these past four years.

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Clinical Trials Network
by Michael S. Avidan, MBBCh

Leaders of academic anesthesiology organizations have recognized that there is a need to conduct large pragmatic trials in order to answer important questions in anesthesiology-related research. Although there are several successful anesthesiology clinical trial networks around the world, there is no collaborative network in the United States. There are several factors that enable anesthesiology researchers today to conduct large and efficient trials, in line with recommendations of the National Institutes of Health.

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Mitochondria and Bioenergetics in Healthand Disease: It’s Not Just a Power Failure
by Y.S. Prakash, MD, PhD

The 65th AUA Annual Meeting was recently held in Chicago, IL. For the third year, we celebrated the successful alignment of the AUA and the IARS in furthering the science of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine by holding a joint AUA-IARS symposium. This year, the topic was “Mitochondria and Bioenergetics in Health and Disease: It’s Not Just a Power Failure”.

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Host Program Report from the 2018 AUA Annual Meeting
by Marek Brzezinski, M.D., Ph.D.

The Host Program II of the AUA 2018 Annual Meeting, hosted by the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and The University of Chicago School of Medicine, and organized by Drs. Jeffrey L Apfelbaum, Peter Nagele, and Charles W Hogue, had three terrific speakers with captivating presentations showcasing the depth and diversity of research efforts at both institutions.

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Scholars’ Program Summary from Annual Meeting 2018
by Katie J. Schenning, MD, MPH and Bradley Fritz, MD

The 2018 joint AUA/IARS/SOCCA meeting featured the third annual Scholars’ Program, a full-day series of sessions directly targeted to the needs of early-career scientists in anesthesiology at any stage, from medical students through junior faculty. Registration for this program nearly doubled the numbers registered for last year’s program, with 170 Scholars and senior faculty registered for this third annual Scholars’ Program.

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Oral Sessions and Posters

2018 saw a total of 291 abstracts submitted (>80% increase from 2017 of 159 abstracts). As in previous years, 16 oral presentations including 3 resident travel (including Margaret Wood resident research award) and 4 junior faculty awards (including 2 new awards by Y S Prakash) were given at the meeting. 76 abstracts were eligible for resident travel award (200% increase from 2017), 81 abstracts were eligible for junior travel award (55% increase from 2017).

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