Department Research News Archive

Researchers Boris Heifets, MD, PhD & Theresa Lii featured in Stanford Medicine News

October, 2023

In the Stanford Medicine article, they dive into a new study that discusses a clever workaround to hide the psychedelic — or dissociative — properties of the anesthetic first developed in 1962. They recruited 40 participants with moderate to severe depression who were also scheduled for routine surgery, and then administered a dose of ketamine or placebo when the participants were in surgery and under general anesthesia.

Dr. Martin Angst Receives Notice of Award from the Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience

September, 2023

Martin Angst, principal investigator, and Igor Feinstein, project director, have just received the Notice of Award from the Knight Initiative for Brain Resilience, which is governed by the Wu Tsai Neuroscience Institute. This is a significant milestone in their mission to explore the resilience of the human brain. The pioneering endeavor, titled "Biological Determinants of Brain Resilience in Cardiac Surgery," seeks to unravel the enigmatic biology that underpins our enduring strength and vulnerability when confronted with a typical health hazard.

2023 Early Research Grants Awardees

August, 2023

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the Early Research Grants for 2023. The Early Research Grants awardees are:

  • Jessica Brodt
  • Brice Gaudilliere
  • Eric Gross
  • Kazuo Ando

These grants are designed to support pilot research initiatives and foster collaboration among researchers within the department.

Dr. Jennifer Hah Receives NOA for Nida-Sponsored Grant

August, 2023

Dr. Jennifer Hah has received an R01 grant for her project titled "Integrating Tailored Postoperative Opioid Tapering and Pain Management Support for Patients on Long-Term Opioid Use Presenting for Spine Surgery (MIRHIQL)." This prestigious grant, sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) through the HEAL Research Program, marks a significant step forward in advancing personalized pain management strategies. Congratulations Dr. Hah!

Dr. Pervez Sultan Receives R01 Award from NHLBI

August, 2023

Dr. Pervez Sultan has received an R01 grant award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for his project titled "Development and validation of a PROMIS-based measure to assess postpartum sleep."

Congratulations Dr. Sultan!

Dr. Creed Stary publishes ground breaking paper in Science Journal

July, 2023

Post-doctoral scholar Anqi Zhang and Lijun Xu, working together in the laboratory of Dr. Creed Stary and in collaboration with researchers from Harvard University, this month published in the journal Science a brain-surgery–free method to probe neural function in the rat brain. 

Dr. QiLiang Chen awarded FAER Mentored Research Training Grant

June, 2023

Congratulations to Dr. QiLiang Chen on receiving the prestigious FAER Mentored Research Training Grant. This grant provides invaluable support to physician-investigators like Dr. Chen, enabling them to develop essential skills, gather preliminary data for future grant applications, and publish their research findings.

Dr. David Drover was awarded a recent CDMRP (DoD) grant

June, 2023

This grant comes out of Dr. Drover's Biodesign project. Title: “A Biomimetic Tip-Growing, Self-Deploying Intubation Device for Safer, More Effective Airway Management in Austere, Far-Forward Environments” On the battlefield, studies show that the current paradigm of airway access is not sufficient; airway mismanagement is the second leading cause of preventable death, despite it being one of the most common procedures in military emergency departments.

Dr. Jessica Ansari Wins Best Research Paper Competition at SOAP

May, 2023

Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Ansari, MD, for her outstanding achievement in winning the Best Research Paper Competition at the esteemed SOAP (Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology) conference. Her remarkable dedication and exceptional research have been recognized by experts in the field, further highlighting her expertise and contribution to the advancement of obstetric anesthesia and perinatology.

Dr. Sun Featured in Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

May, 2023

Dr. Sun recently was featured in Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, with an insightful article titled "Harnessing big data to change the future of anesthesiology."  In the article, Dr. Sun shared her perspective on the potential of AI in integrating diverse data sources to create personalized digital signatures.

Aghaeepour Lab featured on the cover of Science Advances

May, 2023

We are pleased to announce that an article authored by the Aghaeepour Laboratory has been prominently featured on the cover of Science Advances. The article, titled "Multiomic Signals Associated with Maternal Epidemiological Factors Contributing to Preterm Birth in Low- and Middle-Income Countries," presents groundbreaking research in the field of maternal health. 

Dr. Ken Weber Awarded an NIH NINDS R01 award

May, 2023

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Ken Weber in being awarded an NIH NINDS R01 award entitled: “MRI-Derived Neuromuscular Signatures to Predict Surgical Response in Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy."

Congratulations, Dr. Weber!

Louise Sun featured on ScienceFriday

April, 2023

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Louise Sun was featured on ScienceFriday, the nationally syndicated NPR show! In her interview, Louise discusses the topic of "All You Need to Know About Anesthesia.We are immensely proud of Louise's accomplishments and her dedication to advancing the field of anesthesiology. Her interview was broadcasted on KQED, this Monday.  Congratulations, Dr. Sun!

Stanford Takes Home Three Awards

April, 2023

Eleven Stanford residents represented our department taking home 3 awards at the 2023 Western Anesthesia Resident Conference (WARC); hosted by Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Congratulations to all!

  • 3rd place poster presentation: Jessica Dawson
  • Best Neuroanesthesia presentation: Lovemore Makusha
  • Best Acute Pain & Regional Anesthesia presentation: Dae Ik Yi

Danton Char Secures Subcontract for NIH-Funded Project

March, 2023

Danton Char, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine (Pediatric)has been awarded a subcontract from Johns Hopkins University  for an NIH funded project entitled:

“Autonomous AI to mitigate disparities for diabetic retinopathy screening in youth during and after COVID-19.” 

Congratulations Dr. Char!

National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS) F32 Award Recipient

March, 2023

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Nippert, PHD, who was awarded a postdoctoral F32 award to pursue research on the contribution of astrocytes to the transition from acute to chronic pain. In addition, she has also been honored with the Wu Tsai Interdisciplinary Scholar Award.

RO1 Grant Awarded to Boris Heifets to study psychedelics

March, 2023

Dr. Boris Heifets, MD, PhD, just received an R01 from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for a grant entitled: "Mapping Neural Circuit Activity Mediating MDMA's Prosocial Effect”.  His work was also recently featured in Stanford Magazine.

Article Featured on the Cover of Science Translational Medicine

February, 2023

We're excited to share that an article by the Aghaeepour Laboratory, in collaboration with Martin Angst, Brian Bateman, Brendan Carvalho, and Brice Gaudilliere, has been featured on the cover of the latest issue of Science Translational Medicine.

Swiss National Science Foundation Grant Award Recipient

February, 2023

Congratulations Dr. Dario Pfyffer! This award will help support some outstanding work understanding CNS mechanisms of movement induced pain in patients with fibromyalgia. 

Molecular Pharmacology Early Career Scientist Abstract Award Recipient

February, 2023

Gross lab instructor, Freeborn Rwere, PhD, has been selected for the 2023 Molecular Pharmacology Early Career Scientist Abstract Award! Congratulations Dr. Rwere on being selected for this prestigious award.

Stanford Researchers Discover Possible New Way to Reduce Pain

February, 2023

A recent research project, conducted by the Gross and Stary labs with contributions from the Svensson lab at Stanford, has made it to the front page of the Stanford Medicine website.

Dunlevie Maternal-Fetal Medicine Seed Funding Award Recipient

December, 2023

Congratulations Dr. Alexander Butwick, MBBS, FRCA, MS on receiving the Fall 2022 seed-funding opportunity for researchers at Stanford working on projects that advance maternal-fetal medicine science.