Dr. Beverley Orser Presenting at Health Research Caucus on Parliament Hill
Based in the Department of Anesthesia in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Dr. Orser's lab has been generously supported by Canadians, through the CIHR and CAS (Canadian Anesthesiologists Society) Research Awards. She is also supported by the Department of Anesthesia at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, where she is a practicing anesthesiologist. The lecture will briefly summarize the discovery of “memory blocking receptors” that are highly sensitive to anesthetic drugs, and that an initial exposure to anesthetics triggers a long-lasting increase in the activity of these receptors that causes subtle, persistent cognitive deficits. Most importantly, a strategy has been identified to reverse cognitive deficits after anesthesia. In December 2016, this discovery was awarded a US patent for a new method to reverse memory loss after anesthesia and surgery.
This luncheon has been organized by Research Canada and The Canadian Association for Neuroscience.
The event recognizes the need to develop a national strategy for the development of a long-term, sustainable plan that would lead to the understanding of the healthy brain, and the treatment and prevention of brain disorders.
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Orser.