Research grants

Carl Koller Memorial Research Grant

The ASRA Carl Koller Memorial Research Fund has available a total of $200,000 biennially to support clinical and laboratory studies related to any aspect of regional anesthesia and analgesia and their application to surgery.

Carl Koller Memorial Research Grant submission criteria

Thank you to our generous supporters.


2016 Carl Koller Memorial Research Grant Recipient

Harsha Shanthanna, MBBS, MD, MSc
Principal investigator
Department of Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor
St. Joseph's Hospital
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Research: Preventing Persistent Post-Surgical Pain After Thoracoscopic Surgeries: A Randomized Controlled Parallel Group Multicentre Pilot Study Using Ketamine and Memantine

Trial Team: Alparslan Turan (Co-Primary Investigator), James Paul (Co-Investigator), Ian Gilron (Co-Investigator), Henrik Kehlet (Co-Investigator, Project planning committee), Colin Schieman (Co-Investigator and Surgical site lead), PJ Devereaux (Co-Investigator, Project planning committee), Lehana Thabane (Co-Investigator, Project planning committee), Sadeesh Srinathan (Co-Investigator, Project planning committee)


2016 Research Update

Barys Ihnatsenka, MD, provided an update on his grant project on April 2nd at the 41st Annual Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Meeting in New Orleans, LA. Read a summary of his presentation.


Past Carl Koller Memorial Research Grant Recipients

Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant

The newly established ASRA Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant aims to promote and facilitate high quality research in pain medicine. Results of such research will guide clinical practice for pain physicians and improve patient health care.

Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant submission criteria

Thank you to our generous supporters.


2016 Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant Recipient

Shalini Shah, MD
Principal investigator
UC Irvine
Orange, CA

Mentor: Joseph Rinehart, MD

Consultants: Cecilia Canales, MPH, Michael Calderon, BS

Research: Effectiveness of Onabotulinumtoxin A (Botox) in Pediatric Patients Experiencing Migraines: A Randomized Double Blinded Placebo Crossover Study in the Pediatric Pain Population


2015 Research Update

Jijun Xu, MD, PhD, provided an update on his grant project on November 21st at the 14th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting in Miami, FL. Read a summary of his presentation.


Past Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant Recipients


ASRA thanks the following corporate donors who have provided support for the Chronic Pain Grant.

  • Halyard Health
  • Medtronic 
  • Nevro
  • St. Jude Medical Foundation
  • Stryker