In the news: The Evolution of Anesthesia

The University of Toronto’s student newspaper “The Varsity” published an article on Wednesday discussing how our lab’s current research is working towards preventing anesthesia-related memory deficits:

“The Evolution of Anaesthesia” – The Varsity

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2014 IARS Annual Meeting Awards!

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Congratulations to Dr. Sinziana Avramescu who won three awards at this year’s International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) Annual Meeting in Montreal, Canada! Dr. Avramescu won 1) The Best of the Meeting Abstract Award for Basic Science, 2) The Society for Neuroscience in Anesthesiology and Critical Care (SNACC) Award, and 3) The Best in the Category Award. Well done!

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Anesthesia and long-term memory loss in the news

Following the meeting of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) in Singapore this past week, stories that describe our research were published in the Herald Sun and The Sydney Morning Herald:

“Scientists trying to develop new anaesthetics that reduce risk of memory loss” – Herald Sun

“Surgery linked to memory loss and dementia” – The Sydney Morning Herald

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Dr. Beverley Orser – Interview at the 2014 ANZCA Annual Scientific Meeting

Dr. Beverley Orser attended the 2014 Australian and New Zealand College of Anesthetists (ANZCA) annual scientific meeting in Singapore, where she gave a talk about the effects of anesthetics on postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), specifically on memory loss. Dr. Orser was interviewed shortly after to give a recap of the talk and her research:

Dr. Beverley Orser Interview at ANZCA 2014

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AUA Junior Faculty Research Award Recipient!

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Congratulations to Dr. Sinziana Avramescu who won the 2014 Junior Faculty Research Award at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA)! Her work explains, in part, why critically ill patients frequently require lower doses of anesthetics compared with healthier patients and why anesthetic overdoses occur more frequently in critically ill patients. More information can be found at:

PhysioLINK Newsletter – April 3, 2014

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24th Neuropharmacology Conference: November 13-14, 2014

The 24th Neuropharmacology Conference will be taking place from November 13-14 this year in Arlington, VA, USA. Co-organized by Dr. Beverley Orser, this year’s theme is “GABAergic Signaling in Health and Disease.” Dr. Orser will be one of the speakers for the conference.

24th Neuropharmacology Conference – Beverley Orser Biography

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MacLean’s Magazine article publication!

Congratulations to Dr. Beverley Orser on a fantastic article published in a special edition of MacLean’s Magazine entitled “A Revolution In the Way We Think, The New BRAIN”. In The New Brain, Maclean’s presents some of the most intriguing science about the most complex organ of the body. Dr. Orser talks about how she and her colleagues are doing groundbreaking neuroscience research that will impact the way we think about general anesthesia. The article discusses the challenges and some of the solutions currently being faced in this field.

Click here to read the article

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Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society press release: Seizures linked to drugs used in surgery

Congratulations to Dr. Beverley Orser and PhD student, Irene Lecker on their article published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation! The study identifies a cause for seizures associated with the use of antifibrinolytic drugs and a potential treatment strategy. With efforts recognized by the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, read the article and commentary here:

Press Release: Seizures linked to drugs used in surgery

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