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Fourth Annual Anesthesiology Department Celebration of Research Will Be Sept. 20-21

September 04, 2019

The Yale Department of Anesthesiology will host renowned neuro-anesthesiologist and researcher George Mashour, MD, PhD, the Bert N. Lau Professor of Anesthesiology Research and Associate Dean at University of Michigan Medical School, as the keynote speaker for the department’s Third Annual Celebration of Research to be held September 20-21, 2019.

Roberta L. Hines, MD, chair and Nicholas M. Greene Professor of Anesthesiology, says, “Our annual research retreat is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the expanding role of academic anesthesiology within the School of Medicine and to highlight the ways that our faculty and trainees can and do engage in advancing science and the public health.”

Dr. Mashour will speak at two events during his visit.


“Changing Consciousness: What Can Conditions of Altered Consciousness Tell Us About Its Ontology?” on September 20, 2019. 2:00-4:00 pm in the Brady Memorial Auditorium.

The panel will feature the following speakers:

1. George Mashour (Associate Dean, University of Michigan Medical School): Transitions from consciousness and back as encountered during anesthetic states.

2. Hal Blumenfeld (Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Neuroscience): The study of seizure disorders and what it might tell us about the nature of consciousness.

3. Fahmeed Hyder (Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; Director QNMR Core): Consciousness on the basis of brain energetics.

4. Moderator: Robert B. Schonberger, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Yale School of Medicine

On Saturday, September 21, 2019, Dr. Mashour will again speak at the Anesthesiology Department Research Retreat on the topic of “The Controversial Correlates of Consciousness.”

Along with Dr. Mashour, the Anesthesiology Research Retreat includes a day of activities at the Blake Hotel, 9 High Street, New Haven, CT, featuring moderated poster sessions and oral presentations from faculty and trainees covering major academic foci of the department including projects within the neurosciences, vascular biology, and clinical trials.

Dr. Hines adds, “The manipulation of consciousness is a central feature of what anesthesiology clinical faculty engage in every day of the year. In the context of advances into the biological basis of the mysteries of consciousness, we are particularly pleased to highlight several medical school researchers from anesthesiology, neurology, and biomedical imaging who are all engaged in improving our understanding of consciousness.”

“It has been a pleasure to watch our research symposium expand each year.” says Laura E. Niklason, MD, PhD, vice chair for research and the Nicholas M. Greene Professor of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering at the School of Medicine. “Our department has risen to be among the top 10 nationally in receipt of NIH funds, and we anticipate further growth as a result of our internal mentoring programs, including a T32 Training Grant and a dedicated Resident Research Scholars Program. Each of these programs continues to bear fruit as we mentor the next generation of physician scientists.”

For more information about the Anesthesiology Research Retreat, contact Gail Norup,

Submitted by Robert Forman on July 31, 2019