Merit Awards: 2018 - 2020 Cycle

Congratulations to the following individuals who received a competitive peer-reviewed Merit Award from the Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto for the period of 2018-2020.

Excellence in Research Awards:

Kavanagh, Brian                            Hospital for Sick Children    Preventing Injury during Mechanical Ventilation $60,000           
Wijeysundera, Duminda UHN - Toronto General Hospital Integrated Program to Improve Prediction and Preventionof Postoperative Complications $60,000
Wunsch, Hannah Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Phamaco-epidemiology in surgery and critical illness $60,000

Research Merit Awards:

Baker, Andrew                                                                   St. Michael's Hospital                                        Investigating mechanisms of neurovascular pathophysiology and therapeutic intervention in modelled traumatic brain injury. $40,000                       
Balki, Mrinalini                            UHN-Toronto Western Hospital  Optimization of oxytocin-induced myometrial contractility by propranolol: Potential applications in induction of labor and prevention of postpartum hemorrhage $40,000
Calvalho, Jose Sinai Health System Carbetocin at Elective Cesarean Deliveries: A Dose-finding Study in Morbidly Obese Women (BMI ≥ 40kg/m2)
Gastric emptying following an oral carbohydrate load in women admitted for elective cesarean delivery
Programmed intermittent epidural bolus (PIEB) for labor analgesia during first stage of labor: A sequential allocation trial to determine the optimum interval time between boluses of a fixed volume of 2.5ml of bupivacaine 0.25% plus fentanyl 8 mcg/ml
Chan, Vincent UHN - Toronto Western Hospital Opioid Sparing Analgesic Strategies for Enhanced Recovery After Total Knee Arthroplasty $40,000
Choi, Stephen Sunnybrook Health Science Perioperative Cognitive Outcomes – Reducing Delirium and Persistent Post-operative Cognitive Dysfunction $40,000
Clarke, Hance UHN-Toronto General Hospital Ontario Transitional Pain and Opioid Safety Program: Improving Pain, Opioid, and Harm Reduction Practices, as well as, Cannabis Safety for Canadian Patients $40,000
Cuthbertson, Brian Sunnybrook Health Science The SuDDICU study; A study of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of Selective Decontamination of the Digestive tract (SDD) in mechanically ventilated patients in the ICU $40,000
Djaiani, George UHN-Toronto General Hospital Role of Cerebral Oximetry In Reducing Postoperative End Organ Dysfunction or Failure After Complex Non-Cardiac Surgery $40,000
Hare, Gregory St. Michael's Hospital Defining Hypoxia as a Mechanism of Stroke in Patients with Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA): Assessing Interventions to Improve Brain Oxygen Delivery in Townes SCA Mice. $40,000
Jerath, Angela UHN - Toronto General Hospital Postoperative care models and morbidity on patient and health system outcomes $40,000
Karkouti, Keyvan UHN - Toronto General Hospital Optimal Coagulation Management in Cardiac Surgery $40,000
Kirkham, Kyle UHN - Toronto General Hospital De-implementing low value care: Does a theory-based intervention to improve accountability reduce low-value preoperative investigations in patients undergoing ambulatory surgery? $40,000
Ladha, Karim UHN-Toronto General Hospita Redefining a Win: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Improving Recovery After Surgery $40,000
Laussen, Peter Hospital for Sick Children Precision physiology & translational engineering in pediatric critical care $40,000
Maynes, Jason Hospital for Sick Children The Neonatal Cardiac Secretome as a Therapy for Heart Failure $40,000
Mazer, David St. Michael's Hospital Improving Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease through Clinical Trials Research $40,000
Peng, Philip UHN-Toronto Western Hospital Innervation of Shoulder and Wrist Joints relevant to Image-Guided Intervention $40,000
Wong, Jean UHN-Toronto Western Hospital  Obstructive sleep apnea and postoperative delirium



Education Merit Awards

Friedman, Zeev                       Sinai Health System                  The Impact of Gender Bias on Resident Evaluations by Faculty $20,000      

Quality Assurance Merit Awards

Siddiqui, Naveed                                                      Sinai Health System                                                                   Opioid Reduction Strategies that would Enhance Patient Quality of Recovery after ERAS/ fast-track Surgicalprocedures Performed at Sinai Health System. $20,000                         

Early Investigator Merit Awards:

Parotto, Matteo                                                          UHN-Toronto General Hospital                                                    Improving outcomes in perioperative and critical care medicine      $20,000                                    
Singh, Mandeep UHN-Toronto Western Hospita The Development of a Novel Obstructive Sleep Apnea Perioperative pathway (The OSAP pathway) to Effectively Diagnose and Manage Surgical Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Multi-center Prospective Cohort Study      $20,000