September 2011

Safety of Anesthetics Strongly Age Dependent

General anesthesia administered to the developing animal brain depresses much needed neuronal activity and communication resulting in long-lasting cognitive impairment, according to an article published in the August issue of Current Opinion in Anesthesiology. Learn more

Dr. Michael Roizen Takes SmartTots to India

Dr. Michael Roizen, Chair of the SmartTots Executive Board, presented a key session dedicated to pediatric anesthesia neurotoxicity in Bengaluru, India on Saturday, August 27. Anesthesiologists from eight countries convened to hear Dr. Roizen discuss recent outcomes and ongoing research efforts related to the safe use of anesthetics in young children. Read more

Grants and Resources

Request for Applications

We are now accepting research proposals aimed at investigating whether anesthetics impede the normal development of the human brain. Applications accepted now through October 21. Read the full RFA and submit an application

Now Available: Speaker Presentations from Neurotoxicity Panel

Presentations from our Pediatric Anesthesia Neurotoxicity panel held at the IARS 2011 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada are now available for review and download. View speaker presentations

Upcoming Events

Anesthesia for the Neonate – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: From Paralysis to Toxicity

October 14, 2011
Society for Pediatric Anesthesia’s 25th Annual Meeting
Hyatt McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois

Speakers to discuss laboratory findings related to anesthetic-induced developmental neurotoxicity, whether these findings can be extrapolated to clinical care, and safe alternatives for anesthesia and sedation in neonates.

Anesthetic Related Neurotoxicity in Children: Research, Regulation and Practice

October 15, 2011
Anesthesiology 2011 – American Society of Anesthesiologists
McCormick Place Complex, Chicago, Illinois

Speakers to highlight current clinical and preclinical research suggesting anesthetic exposure may be toxic to the developing brain and potential changes in practice that may result from ongoing research and public concerns.