MCW Anesthesiology Research

The Research Division of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin is nationally and internationally known for research in clinical and basic science. Our core mission is to generate new knowledge that will advance the clinically-relevant areas related to anesthesia and perioperative care. The Department is mostly funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and VA Merit Reviews.

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Anesthesia Research supports the department’s academic mission of outstanding clinical care, innovative teaching and state-of-the-art translational biomedical research. The Division is comprised of ten extramurally-funded full-time scientists as well as clinician-scientists.

Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD, FAHA and Yuichi HorikoshiEight principal investigators form the core of our clinical and translational research which studies: primary care pain management, pain biomedical informatics, mental health, pediatric chronic and acute pain, cardiovascular anesthesia, and anesthesia and respiratory neurophysiology.

Our basic research consists of eleven principal investigators studying: anesthetic-induced developmental neurotoxicity, stem cell-mediated myocardial regeneration, anesthetic-induced cardioprotection, human induced pluripotent stem cell biology, mitochondrial bioenergetics during I/R injury, central control of cardiovascular regulation, brainstem control of breathing, cellular mechanisms of pain, gene and cell therapy in chronic pain, cardiac electrophysiology, medical imaging, and extracellular matrix in chronic inflammatory diseases.

For those interested in focusing more heavily on research, view our T32-sponsored post-graduate Anesthesiology Physician Scientist Development Program.

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Research News

Dr. Quinn Hogan awarded $2.3 million NIH grant

September 12, 2017 – Quinn Hogan, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Anesthesiology, has recently been awarded a $2.3 million NIH grant to investigate sensory neuron function.

Amadou Camara, PhD, approved for funding for traumatic brain injury research

July 27, 2017 – The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin recently approved funding of $1 million over four years for Amadou Camara's research proposal titled “Identifying Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – A Path to Novel Therapeutic Opportunities.”

Division of Pain Medicine professors contribute to significant publication outlining new acute-pain classification system

May 9, 2017 – The Department of Anesthesiology’s Vice Chair of Pain Medicine and Professor Robert Hurley, MD, PhD; and Professor Steven Weisman, MD; were both part of an expert panel that today published “The ACTTION–APS–AAPM Pain Taxonomy (AAAPT) Multidimensional Approach to Classifying Acute Pain Conditions.” The article will appear in both Pain Medicine and the Journal of Pain.

Dr. Zhi-Dong Ge Wins First-Place Award at International Symposium

Jan 30, 2017 — Zhi-Dong Ge, MD, PhD, won the Oral Presentation of Interesting and Complex Cases at the 35th Annual International Symposium of Clinical Updates in Anesthesiology, Surgery and Perioperative Medicine.

MCW Professors Drs. Camara, Kwok, and Stowe Awarded $650,000 VA Merit

Feb. 15 - MCW Professors of Anesthesiology Dr. Amadou K.S. Camara, PhD, Dr. Wei-Meng Kwok, PhD, and Dr. David Stowe MD, PhD, have been awarded a $650,000 merit from the Veterans Affairs Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development/Clinic Science Research and Development Merit Review Program.

Meredith Adams, MD MS, receives Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Development Award

April 7, 2017 – Meredith Adams, MD MS, has been awarded the Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Development Award (K08) by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, of the National Institutes of Health. The award will fund her project “Identifying opioid response phenotypes in low back pain electronic health data.”

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute awards MCW Anesthesiology professors $2.8 million grant

March 15, 2017 – Investigators in the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Anesthesiology have received a grant for $2.8 million over four years to research how a mitochondrial protein determines cell fate.

Quinn Hogan, MD, Named Vice Chair of Research

February 21, 2017 – The Department of Anesthesiology has announced that Quinn Hogan, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology, is its new Vice Chair of Research.

Robert Hurley, MD PhD, joins editorial board of Pain Medicine

April 7, 2017 – Anesthesiology Professor and Vice Chair of Pain Medicine, Rob Hurley, MD PhD, has joined the editorial board of the monthly journal Pain Medicine as Co-Editor of the General Section. Pain Medicine is a multi-disciplinary journal dedicated to pain clinicians, educators and researchers with an interest in pain from various medical specialties.

Wai-Meng Kwok, PhD, named Director of Basic Science Research for Department of Anesthesiology

March 7, 2017 – Dr. Wai-Meng Kwok, Professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been named the Department of Anesthesiology’s new Director of Basic Science Research.