The Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) awarded Duke Anesthesiology’s Miles Berger, MD, PhD, the inaugural William L. Young Neuroscience Research Award at its 44th annual meeting in Chicago on October 22. This award offers support to academic physicians and/or scientists who conduct either clinical or laboratory-based research in neuroanesthesiology or neurologic critical care.
Dr. Berger is an assistant professor of anesthesiology with the Neuroanesthesiology, Otolaryngology and Offsite Anesthesia Division. His research focuses on 1) understanding the cause of postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) and delirium, and whether these disorders are caused by perioperative changes in Alzheimer’s disease pathways, and 2) whether delirium or POCD are associated with an increased long term risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Berger is dedicated to improving long term outcomes for the more than 16 million Americans over the age of 60 who undergo anesthesia and surgery each year. He is also notably a 2014 DREAM Innovation Grant recipient for his project, titled “Determination of the Role of Alzheimer’s Disease Pathways in Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction.”
According to the SNACC, they established an eponymous research award following the untimely death of Dr. Young in 2013 to honor his career and life, particularly his accomplishments as a clinical and basic-research neuroscientist. Dr. Young was a longstanding SNACC member who was viewed as one of the most productive researchers, influential mentors and memorable personalities in neuroanesthesiology’s history.