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SmartTots – Perspectives from the Front Lines

Millions of children undergo surgery annually. Recent studies suggest there may be reason for concern. This video, featuring Dr. Dean Andropoulos, Dr. Peter Davis, and Dr. Caleb Ing, provides a summary as to why research is needed and the type that is needed.

SmartTots to Help Make Anesthetics and Sedatives Safer for Children

Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Michael Roizen, of the International Anesthesia Research Society, unveil a new partnership that aims to make anesthesia safer for children.

Pediatric Anesthesia Questions and Myths-Mayo Clinic

Dr. Randall Flick at Mayo Clinic “debunks myths” and answers common questions raised by parents in regard to anesthesia.

Search Announcement: Medical Officer

The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) is seeking candidates for the position of Medical Officer for the IARS-FDA SmartTots Public-Private Partnership. The position of Medical Officer provides expertise and support for the SmartTots research direction and the design of new research studies. This is a part-time position to be funded by a contract between the IARS and the candidate’s academic institution.

Anesthesia for Major Surgery in the Neonate

Perioperative risk of morbidity and mortality for neonates is significantly higher than that for older children and adults. At particular risk are neonates born prematurely, neonates with major or severe congenital heart disease, and neonates with pulmonary hypertension. Presently no consensus exists regarding the safest anesthetic regimen for neonates. Regional anesthesia appears to be safe, but does not reduce the overall risk of postoperative apnea.

Neuroprotective effects of dexmedetomidine against the ketamine-induced disturbance of proliferation and differentiation of developing neural stem cells in the subventricular zone

Recent years, the number of neonatal patients receiving surgery under general anesthesia is increasing. Previous studies have indicated that ketamine can disturb the proliferation and differentiation of developing neural stem cells (NSCs). Therefore, the safe use of ketamine in pediatric anesthesia has drawn great concern among anesthesiologists and children’s parents. Dexmedetomidine (DEX) is widely used in sedation, antianxiety and analgesia.