DIG Recipients Surpass the $1 Million Mark for Extramural Funding

Want to find out how to turn $150,000 into over $1 MILLION dollars? Just ask five of our DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) recipients, who have each used their $30,000 seed money from the DIG program to obtain extramural support for their innovative research studies. The generous support of our donors is what has given the following researchers the opportunity to expand their studies and advance the field of anesthesia!


Joseph Mathew, MD Joseph P. Mathew, MD, MHSc, whose 2011 DIG research entitled, “Functional Neuroimaging to Assess Cognitive Function after Cardiac Surgery,” received a two-year, $431,750 Exploratory/Developmental research grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
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Wei Yang, PhD Wei Yang, PhD, whose 2011 DIG research entitled, “Role of SUMO2/3 Conjugation Pathway in Cerebral Ischemia/Stroke,” was awarded a four-year, $308,000 NCRP Winter 2012 Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association. Click here to learn more.
Mihai Podgoreanu, MD Mihai V. Podgoreanu, MD, FASE, whose 2012 DIG research entitled, “Elucidating Adaptive Mecha­nisms of Perioperative Cardio­protection Following Ischemia-reperfusion in Hibernating Arctic Ground Squirrels,” received a $75,000 Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Grant, and a $10,000 Duke SOM voucher award. Click here to learn more.
Karthik Raghunathan, MB Karthik Raghunathan, MD, MPH, whose 2013 DIG research entitled, “Comparative effectiveness in Perioperative and Critical Care Medicine: Crystalloid Fluid Therapy,” has received a $206,944 grant from the Baxter Healthcare Corporation Fluids franchise, as well as the $100,000 APSF/ASA Endowed Research Award from the APSF Scientific Evaluation Committee. Click here to learn more.
Michael Manning, MD Michael Manning, MD, PhD, whose 2013 DIG research entitled, “Cardiopulmonary Bypass Induced Inflammatory Changes in the Atrial Wall: The Novel Role for Cardiac Chymase produced Angiotensin II in the Development of Atrial Fibrillation,” was awarded a two-year, $50,000 Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) Starter Grant. Click here to learn more.