ASRA Research Grant Priorities

ASRA Research Priorities, Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine

  • 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 health care outcomes in the field of regional anesthesia and pain management.
  • Health sciences research 

ASRA Research Priorities, Chronic Pain

  • Basic and laboratory sciences: Projects that elucidate the biomolecular mechanisms of pain, develop reliable animal pain models, establish biomarkers for pain research, and study and elucidate different pain types. Projects that have translational research potential are preferred.
  • Population dynamics: Projects that study pain related outcomes (including rare events) using existing large databases/registries or establish them, determine the cost effectiveness and value of pain interventions, study chronic pain prevention strategies, evaluate care delivery models, and study and reduce health care disparities.
  • Clinical sciences: Projects that elucidate mechanisms by which chronic pain management strategies may prevent medical and economic adverse outcomes and improve outcomes in a variety of settings (including mental health, ability to work, etc.) Encouraged are randomized or pragmatic trials in the real world setting.
  • Methodology: Projects that focus on the improvement of research methods in chronic pain medicine and develop as well as validate functional tools for pain assessment and outcome measurement.
  • Drug/protocol development: Projects that study pain management modalities, are focused on opioid reduction strategies, and elucidate and lead to the development of new analgesic drugs and drug classes as well as techniques to treat chronic pain.
  • 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 health care outcomes in the field of regional anesthesia and pain management.
  • Health sciences research