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Anesthesiology Research

Faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine are involved in a variety of research areas. We endeavor not only to ask important questions concerning patient care, but also to elucidate their answers in the laboratory and at the bedside. Research expertise in our department ranges from basic science bench work investigating mechanisms of pain, to large-scale epidemiological risk and outcome monitoring, to both investigator-led and multi-centre clinical trials. Specific areas of interest include perioperative outcome management, chronic and acute pain mechanisms, cardiac anesthesiology, patient safety, and simulation medical education. Our goal is to foster a collaborative research environment, encouraging partnerships between researchers in multiple departments within Queen’s University and the Kingston General Hospital, and at other centres in Canada and beyond. Our faculty regularly receive funding to support their research, present at meetings, contribute to national and international research organizations, and publish in major anesthesiology and medical journals, resulting in a highly productive research enterprise.

Terms of Reference and Committee Membership

 Terms of reference:

  1. To help promote the development and maintenance of clinically important, sustainable, externally funded, and transdisciplinary research programs relevant to the Department.

  2. To help promote research training of Anesthesiology Residents and, in appropriate circumstances, also of Undergraduate/Graduate/Postgraduate Students/Fellows as well as Departmental Faculty members. 

  3. To help promote Knowledge Translation activities so as to maximize dissemination of research results from Departmental Research.

  4. To participate in ongoing review of the academic mission and strategic planning of the Department as they pertain to Research and Research Training.

  5. To participate in academic recruitment of Faculty, Staff and Trainees as they pertain to Research and Research Training.

  6. To participate in procurement and prioritization of research resources so as to optimally meet the needs of active Departmental research programs.

  7. To help provide peer review resources for new research programs and proposals

 Committee Membership:

  • Chair(s)
  • GFT Member - Clinical Research Director/Supervisor of Nursing Research Coordinators/Supervisor of Departmental Research Facilitator
  • GFT Member - Residency Research Coordinator/Annual Anesthesiology Research Day Organizer
  • 4 GFT Members
  • 1-2 Departmental Cross-appointees with a primary appointment in another Queen's University research department
  • Departmental Research Nurse(s) and Facilitator(s)
  • Departmental Academic Time Committee Chair (ex-officio)
  • Department Head (ex-officio)

At Queen's Anesthesiology, research is an integral part of residency training. 
Our residency research training plan is based upon the following rationale: 

Click here for more information on Resident Research Training.

Is research a necessary part of anesthesia training? 
The principles and practice of anesthesiology are founded upon physiology and pharmacology which have their roots in basic research, and more recently, epidemiological research. Recent revolutions in patient care are results of pioneering research (e.g. muscle relaxants, "quick-offset" anesthetics, regional anesthesia, pulse oximetry). Patient care is facilitated by practice guidelines & consensus recommendations (e.g. advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), difficult airway algorithm) which are based largely on clinical research. Recent major advances in investigative techniques, research funding and global research productivity have provided tremendous opportunities for anesthesia research in Canada. Clinical medicine is not practiced in a vacuum but rather in an ever-changing environment of research and innovation. Anesthesiology training must incorporate research in order for our specialty to advance among the forefronts of medicine. 

How can anesthesia residents receive research training? 
Role models and mentorship are crucial to residency research training and thus requires department-wide faculty involvement. Anesthesiology residents come from diverse backgrounds and identify with faculty with diverse strengths (e.g. clinical, teaching, research, administration). If ALL faculty emphasize the importance of research, it is much more likely that this message will come across to residents. 

Firstly, one needs a structured introduction to the fundamentals of biomedical research (e.g. research methods course) followed by the development and execution of a research project(s). Clinical training is demanding and time consuming; therefore a practical plan and timetable for research project completion is critical. Communication of ideas is vital for research, thus emphasizing the importance of: a) "research day" - a forum for oral presentation of research proposals & results and b) publishing new knowledge in peer-reviewed journals (widespread knowledge translation).

Research Assistance

Debbie DuMerton Shore, Research Nurse Coordinator
Role: Coordination of data collection and development for clinical trials.
Contact: Phone: 613-549-6666 ext. 3224

Rachel Phelan, Research Facilitator
Role: Assistance with study development, ethics approval, grant procurement, and manuscript preparation.
Phone: 613-549-6666 ext. 3403

Dana Thompson-Green, Research Administrative Assistant
Role: Please contact for assistance with our research website.
Phone: 613-549-6666 ext. 3472