2016 DIG Winners Revealed

The 2016 DREAM Innovation Grant (DIG) winners were announced at Duke Anesthesiology’s 27th Annual ASA Alumni Event aboard the High Spirits yacht in San Diego on October 25. The DIG was launched in 2010 and supports innovative high-risk and potentially high-reward investigations to accelerate anesthesia and pain management research. Each year, Duke Anesthesiology faculty members compete for a DIG by submitting their most innovative research ideas to the DIG Application Review Committee. This year, the department received an exceptional number of seven DIG applications. Three winners are announced each year at the department’s annual ASA alumni event.

Congratulations to the 2016 DIG winners:

Anne Cherry, MD

“Interface of Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Inflammation in Heterotopic Mouse Heart Transplant”

Ulrike Hoffmann, MD, PhD

“Argon as a Potential Therapeutic in Stroke; Effects on Oxygen Utilization and Cerebral Blood Flow Response after Cortical Spreading Depression and Injury Depolarizations”

Niccolò Terrando, PhD

“The Systemic Milieu and its Role in Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction”

Each DIG winner can receive up to $30,000 in seed money for their pilot studies which ultimately helps them apply for and obtain extramural funding. These grants are funded through a combination of: private donors, private companies, alumni, faculty and executive board members. Funding supports a researcher for one year. To date, $452,900 in DIG donations have led to nearly $4 million in extramural funding.

Dr. Anne Cherry Receiving her DIG Award
Dr. Niccolò Terrando receiving his award.
Dr. Ulrike Hoffmann receiving her award.
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Residency Program Ranks #6 in the Nation

Duke Anesthesiology’s Residency Program is once again recognized as one of the top ten programs in the nation, coming in at number six in the latest Doximity Poll (in collaboration with U.S. News & World Report).

Based on a nationwide survey of physicians board-certified in anesthesiology, our residency program is recognized for its quality of clinical training. Last year, nearly 3 out of 4 medical students (in their fourth year) used Doximity to discover programs.

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Jamie Privratsky, MD, Nominated to the Robert J. Lefkowitz Society

Dr. Privratsky was selected for membership in The Robert J. Lefkowitz Society based on his track record of success in biomedical research and his commitment to a future as a physician-scientist in academic medicine. As a member of the Lefkowitz Society, Dr. Privratsky will be given priority for selection into the fellowship training program of his choice and priority consideration for the Chair’s Research Award, among other benefits.

The society engages 5-10 new members each year. It selects Duke internal medicine post-graduate trainees with either an MD or MD/PhD and a significant interest in pursuing a research-intensive academic career. The Lefkowitz Society is named for Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 2012. In his 40 years as a Duke researcher, Dr. Lefkowitz mentored more than 200 trainees.

Chris KeithJamie Privratsky, MD, Nominated to the Robert J. Lefkowitz Society
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New Anesthesia Machine Revealed to Duke Residents

Dr. Mike Olympio of Wake Forest Baptist Health stopped by Duke to show residents how to use one of the newest anesthesia machines, the Asys CS2.

During the workshop, Dr. Olympio provided a hands-on demonstration of the new model which was recently installed at Duke. Dr. Olympio specializes in ventilator technology. His teaching sessions are famous for explaining anesthesia machines and providing valuable tips on how to manage challenging situations in the operating room. The teaching session, on July 25, was geared specifically to residents but all learners were welcome.

Thank you to Dr. Olympio for providing an up-close look at this new technology!

View Full Lecture (Duke Colleagues Only):  https://anes-itsprod.dhe.duke.edu/media-warehouse/resource/view/487

Dr. Mike Olympio showing off the Asys CS2 to faculty and residents.
Dr. Mike Olympio showing off the Asys CS2 to faculty and residents.
Dr. Mike Olympio showing off the Asys CS2 to faculty and residents.
Dr. Mike Olympio showing off the Asys CS2 to faculty and residents.
Dr. Mike Olympio showing off the Asys CS2 to faculty and residents.
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