A Record-Breaking Academic Evening for Duke Anesthesiology

A Record-Breaking Academic Evening for Duke Anesthesiology

For the 27th consecutive year, Duke Anesthesiology gathered to share the results of their research pursuits and celebrate scientific excellence at its annual Academic Evening, held on May 14 at the Millennium Hotel Durham. A record number of 92 poster abstracts were presented this year by the department’s junior-level investigators and faculty, ranging from basic science, clinical trials, case reports, and QI projects.

“As the showcase for our department’s scholarly efforts, it’s exciting to see how Academic Evening continues to grow year to year,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gadsden, co-program director. “This year we had more submissions than ever before, but more important than the number, was the range and diversity of the science presented. And, our guest judge, an international leader in anesthesiology research and patient safety, did an outstanding job of engaging with the trainees and junior faculty throughout the evening.”

This year’s guest judge was Dr. Beverley Orser, chair of the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Toronto and director of research at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. “Always be ready to pivot or completely turn around if the science demands it,” said Orser to a crowd of about 150 faculty, trainees, students and staff at the event. She applauded the department for its rich diversity among teams – incorporating statisticians and epidemiologists to achieve the best scientific outcome, noting that “we all work better in diverse environments.” Orser also shared some words of wisdom to the trainees: 1) focus on your data – it will be what drives your programs forward, 2) be careful about your assumptions and biases – they can take you down a dead-end pathway, 3) don’t dither, just do the work, but know that good scientific outcome is about good planning, and 4) attention to detail and rigor is essential for execution – it’s all about the last 10 percent of effort. Based on her own experiences, she went on to encourage young investigators to invest in graduate training in order to reap an accelerated research career in the long term.

Academic Evening aims to advance anesthesia, critical care and pain management. One of the anticipated highlights of the annual event is the presentation of the Bill White Resident Research Award. White was involved in the design, data control and examination, and statistical analysis of biomedical studies in both observational and clinical trials within Duke Anesthesiology for more than 20 years. Dr. Stephen Ellison, CA-3 resident, received first place in this category for his project, titled “Novel Circulating Metabolic Markers Improve Discrimination of Metabolic Health Independent of Weight.”

“It is a great honor to have been selected for this award,” said Ellison. “I am truly humbled and grateful to have been recognized for the work that has gone into this project over the past few years, which certainly would not have been possible without the support of my research mentor, Dr. Svati Shah, as well as the enduring dedication of Duke Anesthesiology’s ACES Program to training the next generation of physician-scientists.”

At the end of the evening, Orser shared a quote from Charles Pierce, a chemist philosopher: “There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.” In closing, she told the audience, “In your efforts to collect your data and find your truth, I encourage you to be relentless, train hard, work with the best mentors you have, and most importantly, have fun.”

“It’s fascinating and humbling to see all of the varied types of clinical and bench research being carried out under the banner of Duke Anesthesiology,” adds Gadsden. “We are an incredibly strong and productive department and it’s obvious that we truly live up to our motto of ‘what we do changes the world.’”

Congratulations to each of the award winners listed below.

2019 Academic Evening Winners

1st Place: Sangsu Bang, PhD
“Neuroprotectin D1(NPD1) Protects Listeria Induced Sepsis by Activation of G-Protein Coupled Receptor 37 (Gpr37) in Macrophages”

2nd Place: Peng Wang, MD
“Systemic Administration of Manganese Porphyrin Promotes Cardiac Arrest Recovery in Rats”

3rd Place: Yachao Wang, PhD
“The Perk Branch of the Unfolded Protein Response Confers Neuroprotection in Ischemic Stroke Through Modulation of Protein Synthesis and Autophagy”

1st Place: Milly Rambhia, MD
“Femoral Periarterial Local Anesthetic Injection Decreases Thigh Tourniquet Associated Ischemic Hypertension – A Randomized, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial”

2nd Place: Justin Allen, DO
“Ketogenic Diet for Reduction of CNS Oxygen Toxicity in Working Divers (KetOX Study): Pilot Study”

3rd Place: Cathy Deng, MD
“The Platelet Activation Marker Mean Platelet Volume (MPV) as an Independent Predictor of Acute Kidney Injury After On-Pump Cardiac Surgery”

1st Place: Stephen Ellison, MD, PhD
“Novel Circulating Metabolic Markers Improve Discrimination of Metabolic Health Independent of Weight”

2nd Place: Rosalie Yan, MD
“Gabapentinoids on the Day of Colorectal Surgery are Associated with Adverse Postoperative Respiratory Outcomes?”

3rd Place: Michael Devinney, MD, PhD
“Metabolipidomic Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid Reveals Increased Arachidonic Acid-Derived Lipids and Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators 24 Hours and 6-Weeks Following Surgery and Anesthesia”

1st Place: Trevor Weis, BS
“Same Cheyne-Stokes for Different Folks: Periodic Breathing in Healthy Subjects at High Altitude”

2nd Place: Brooke Evans, BS
“Can the p50 of Red Blood Cells be Modulated While Preserving the Bohr Effect?”

1st Place: Nicole Martin, DNP, CRNA
“Prevention of Residual Neuromuscular Blockade in Post-Surgical Patients Through the use of Objective Monitoring”

1st Place: Del Lamb, MD
“Anesthesia Management for Bilateral Pneumonectomy with ECMO Bridge to Lung Transplantation”

2nd Place: Cameron Taylor, MD
“Tonic-Clonic Seizure After Unrecognized Unintentional Dural Puncture: A Case Report”

1st Place: R. Christopher Call, MD
“Improved Turnover Efficiency and Patient Monitoring Between the Operating Room and Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit Through Substitution of the Anesthesia Transport Monitor with the Detachable Philips Monitor”

2nd Place: Russell-John Krom, MD, PhD
“Assessing Feasibility and Provider Perceptions of Clock Drawings as a Preoperative Cognitive Assessment Tool”

3rd Place: Rebecca Donald, MD
“Reducing the Financial and Environmental Impact of Anesthesia Provided at Duke University Hospital”

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Stacey HiltonA Record-Breaking Academic Evening for Duke Anesthesiology