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.

All award recipients to provide an interim progress report to The Office of the Chair, as stated on the memorandum of agreement upon receiving your award.The department has developed an online reporting system that will allow you to provide your interim project report in 2019 and the final project report in June 2020.

To submitt your interim project report, click HERE.

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