ASRA’s Carl Koller Memorial Research Grant Priorities

  • Basic and laboratory research projects that elucidate the biomolecular mechanisms of regional anesthetics and analgesics, study different types of pain, and develop reliable animal pain models and biomarkers for pain research. Projects that have translational research potential are preferred.
  • Population dynamics: Projects that study perioperative outcomes (including rare events) using existing large databases/registries or lead to their establishment, determine the cost effectiveness and value of perioperative pain management and regional anesthesia (RA), study care delivery models, and evaluate and reduce health care disparities.
  • Clinical sciences: Projects that elucidate mechanisms by which RA and pain management in the perioperative arena may prevent medical and economic adverse outcomes and improve outcomes in a variety of settings (including functional recovery, survival, etc.) Randomized trials and pragmatic studies evaluating outcomes in a real world setting are encouraged.
  • Methodology: Projects that focus on the improvement of research methods in RA and pain management research and develop and validate functional tools for pain assessment and outcome measurement.
  • Drug/protocol development: Projects that study pain management modalities in the perioperative setting, are focused on reducing pain, and elucidate the use and/or lead to the development of new analgesic and adjuvant drugs, drug classes, and techniques.
  • Patient safety: Projects that develop approaches to minimize patient harm.
  • Education: Projects that support physician education. In addition, projects that support the education of the public, promote patient and caregiver education, and lead to a more coordinated collaboration with policy makers and industry to tackle current problems.
  • Policy research: Projects that promote research on the impact of policy on on health care outcomes in the field of regional anesthesia and pain management.
  • Health sciences research