SCA-IARS Research Grants

In 2009 the IARS pledged $1,000,000 to the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Foundation to support cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia research projects, and renewed that commitment in 2014 with additional funds. As a result, the SCA-IARS Starter and Mid-Career Grants were created. Each year Mid-Career and Starter Grants are awarded to investigators with ranks of Associate Professor, or less. For more information regarding an SCA-IARS Research Grant, visit the SCA website.


SCA-IARS Starter Grants Recipients

Eckhard Mauermann

Eckhard Mauermann, MD, MSc
3D Echocardiography-Derived Pressure-Volume Loops for Assessing Right Ventricular Performance. A Feasibility Study With Broad Clinical Implications

University Hospital of Ghent, Belgium
Ghent, Belgium

Louis Saddic

Louis Saddic, MD, PhD
Remote Genetic Remodeling of the Cardiac Nervous System Following Myocardial Ischemia and the Attenuation of These Changes With Spinal Cord Stimulation

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

SCA-IARS Mid-Career Grant Recipient

Viachaslau Barodka

Viachaslau Barodka, MD
Prevention of Cardiac Surgery Associated Acute Kidney Injury by a Goal-Directed Perfusion Protocol: Pilot Single Center Randomized Controlled Trial

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

SCA-IARS Starter Grants Recipients

Jan M. Dieleman

Jan M. Dieleman, MD, PhD
Genome Wide DNA Methylation Profiles in Patients with Severe Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Failure

University Medical Center Utrecht
Utrecht, Netherlands

Matthew Fischer

Matthew Fischer, MD
Predicting Post-Operative Atrial Fibrillation Using a Multi-Locus Epigenomic Risk Metric

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Michael A. Mazzeffi

Michael A. Mazzeffi, MD, MPH
The Use of Routine Video Surveillance of the Entire Operating Room to Identify Specific Hazards and Analyze Sentinel Events from Cardiothoracic and Vascular Procedures

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

SCA-IARS Starter Grants Recipients

Mathew Levin

Mathew Levin, MD
Genomics of Vasoplegia

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

SCA-IARS Starter Grants Recipients - $50,000


Kimberly Howard-Quijano, MD
The role of cardiospinal reflexes in modulation of ventricular arrhythmogenesis

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California


Bryan Maxwell, MD, MPH
Development of a comprehensive perioperative registry of noncardiac surgery and obstetric care for patients with adult congenital heart disease

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

SCA-IARS Mid-Career Grant Recipient - $100,000


David McIlroy, MD, FANZCA, MClinEpi
Does varying the chloride content of intravenous fluid alter the risk of acute kidney injury after cardiac surgery?

Alfred Hospital and Monash University
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

SCA-IARS Starter Grants Recipients - $50,000


Michael W. Manning, PhD, MD
Atrial fibrillation following cardiopulmonary bypass: The role of angiotensin II

Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina


Robert H. Thiele, MD
Comparison of broad-band near-infrared spectroscopy-derived mitochondrial oxidation state and tissue oxygen saturation for the detection of ischemia in two models of rat cerebral ischemia

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Charlottesville, Virginia

SCA-IARS Mid-Career Grant Recipient - $100,000


Nina Hauck-Weber, PhD
Secretion of caveolin to the bloodstream – a role for circulation factors in inducing organ protection by helium – A translational approach

University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

SCA-IARS Starter Grants Recipients - $50,000


Friederike Ursula Behmenburg, MD
Does protection of the aged heart by targeting mitochondrial large conductance Ca2+- activated potassium channels improve long term hemodynamic performance?

University Hospital Düsseldorf
Düsseldorf, Germany


Tobias Piegeler, MD
Amide-linked local anesthetics as Src kinase inhibitors in pulmonary vascular inflammation – A new target for old drugs?

University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

SCA-IARS Mid-Career Grant Recipient - $100,000


Amanda Fox, MD, MPH
Genome-wide assessment of genetic associations with heart failure after primary coronary artery bypass graft surgery

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

SCA-IARS Starter Grants Recipients - $50,000


Jayant Nick Pratap, MD
Randomized trial of near-infrared spectroscopy to guide intraoperative and intensive care management during children's heart surgery

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio


Jan Stumpner, MD
The functional role of calcium/calmodulin kinase II in ischemic and anesthetic-induced cardiac protection

University of Würzburg
Würzburg, Germany

2011 SCA-IARS Mid-Career Grant Recipient - $100,000


Diederik Van Dijk, MD, PhD
The effect of dexamethasone on cognitive decline after cardiac surgery

University Medical Center Utrecht
Utrecht, Netherlands

SCA-IARS Starter Grants Recipients - $50,000

Timo Brandenburger, MD
Effects of microRNA-1 knockdown on IGF-1 and cMet expression and impact on hypoxia-induced cell death in rat myoblast cells H9c2

University Hospital Düseldorf
Düsseldorf, Germany

Tetsuro Sakai, MD, PhD
Role of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase in stem cell mediated neuronal protection in vitro

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

SCA-IARS Mid-Career Grant Recipient - $100,000

Gregory M.T. Hare, MD, PhD, FRCPC
Determining the hemoglobin threshold for hypoxic cellular responses: Studies in anemic hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-ODD-luciferase mice

St. Michael’s Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

SCA-IARS Starter Grants Recipients - $50,000

Mark A. Lovich, MD, PhD
Pericardial Inotropic Therapy: A new paradigm for studying heart contraction

Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tufts University Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts

Martina Nowak-Machen, MD
ACD39 modulates NKT cell-induced oxygen toxicity in the lung

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts

2009 SCA-IARS Mid-Career Grant Recipient - $100,000

Qing Ma, MD
PPAR gamma as a novel therapeutic target in perioperative cerebral injury following deep hypothermic circulatory arrest

Duke University Medical Center
Durham, North Carolina