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SmartTots: Building Community and Advocating for Important Research

SmartTots pediatric anesthetic neurotoxicity thought leaders discuss the current status of the field and provide insights into the future of the research. View on YouTube.

Pediatric Anesthetic Neurotoxicity: Finding Ways to Move Forward

Pediatric anesthetic neurotoxicity investigators discuss the state of the research and identify compelling ways to move the field forward. View on YouTube

Pediatric Anesthetic Neurotoxicity: Designing the Proper Study

Pediatric anesthetic neurotoxicity thought leaders ponder the feasibility of designing and conducting studies that successfully isolate the effects of anesthetics from the effects of the procedure or patient’s underlying condition. View on YouTube

Pediatric Anesthetic Neurotoxicity: The Pre-Clinical Journey

Pediatric anesthetic neurotoxicity researchers discuss how pre-clinical studies are providing insight into the mechanisms of neurotoxicity, and the impact on the future of clinical studies. View on YouTube

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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.

Anesthetic Neurotoxicity Meets Big Data: Reasons to Be Cheerful?

FOR more than a decade, the possibility that exposure to anesthetics may be harmful to the developing human brain has intrigued anesthesiologists and the public alike. The urgent desire to create more clarity and the need to inform parents of young children who need...


More children undergo medical and dental procedures that require sedation than in prior decades, prompting the American Academy of Pediatrics to update recommendations that provide a safety net for pediatric patients. The clinical report, “Guidelines for Monitoring...

Is anesthesia bad for children’s brains?

by Ron Litman, DO, Medical Director of Institute for Safe Medication Practices I recently received a call from a father whose four-year-old daughter was scheduled to receive general anesthesia for a surgical procedure expected to last about two hours. He was concerned...