INTERNATIONAL ANESTHESIA RESEARCH SOCIETY

Improving Health Through Discovery and Education

aka IARS   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.iars.org

Mission

The IARS mission is to encourage, stimulate, and fund ongoing anesthesia-related research projects that will enhance and advance the specialty, and to disseminate current, state-of-the art, basic and clinical research data in all areas of clinical anesthesia, including perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain management. The IARS is focused solely on the advancement and support of education and scientific research related to anesthesiology.

Ruling year info

1953

Executive Director

Mr. Thomas A. Cooper

Main address

90 New Montgomery Street, Suite 412

San Francisco, CA 94105 USA

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EIN

34-0750348

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (H03)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) is a nonpolitical, not-for-profit medical society founded in 1922 to advance and support scientific research and education related to anesthesia, and to improve patient care through research. We foster progress, research and education in all phases of anesthesia practice.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Awards and Grants Program

IARS established its Awards and Grants Program in 1983 to further the scientific advancement of the anesthesiology specialty. To date, the IARS has funded nearly 200 projects, contributing over $17,000,000 to the anesthesia community.

The IARS Awards Program includes two categories of research awards and two categories of education awards. In addition, the IARS contributes $200,000 annually to the Foundation of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) to support cardiothoracic and vascular anesthesia research projects.

As a community committed to stimulating and funding anesthesia-related projects that will advance patient-care worldwide, the IARS is pleased to provide our talented and diverse member base with an exclusive multi-million dollar awards program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Millions of children receive anesthesia each year. Non‐clinical studies in juvenile animal models show that exposure to some anesthetics and sedatives is associated with memory and learning deficits and other neurodegenerative changes in the central nervous system. Insufficient human data exist to support or refute the possibility that similar effects occur in children.

To address the critical public health issues associated with the safe use of anesthesia and sedatives in young children, the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)(http://www.iars.org/)  partnered with the US Food and Drug Administration(http://www.fda.gov/) , and is working with multiple stakeholders (e.g. professional societies, academic research institutions, patient advocacy groups, industry and other government and nonprofit organizations), to address scientific and clinical gaps regarding the safe use of anesthetics and sedatives in children.

SmartTots is a multi‐year collaborative effort designed to increase the safety of anesthetic drugs for the millions of infants and children who undergo anesthesia each year. Research funded through SmartTots investigates multiple aspects of existing anesthetics and their administration, including dosage and exposure. Findings from these studies will establish the development of new practice guidelines and anesthetic drugs. Data, outcomes and best practices generated by SmartTots will be placed in the public domain.

100% of all charitable donations to SmartTots go directly to fund research.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The purpose of the IARS Annual Meeting is to provide clinical practitioners, physicians in training, and researchers in anesthesia with information about the latest scientific advances and the most up to-date concepts in clinical care. The IARS International Science Symposium offers a unique opportunity for researchers to join together in discussion about cutting edge science and how it affects the anesthesiology specialty.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Launched in 1922, Anesthesia & Analgesia is the
most widely used clinical anesthesiology journal. Each monthly issue features peer-reviewed articles reporting on the latest advances in drugs, perioperative care, preoperative preparation, patient monitoring, pain management, patient safety, and other timely topics. Internationally renowned authorities serve on the Editorial Board and as Section Editors, making A&A the gateway to everything that is happening in anesthesia and its related subspecialties.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A&A Practice is a clinical companion journal to the International Anesthesia Research Society's flagship publication, Anesthesia & Analgesia. A&A Practice is designed to be the specialty’s indispensable resource for peer–reviewed case reports that make an important teaching point or scientific observation in disciplines related to anesthesiology: perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain management.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Median grant amount

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health

Related Program

Awards and Grants Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Every third year the IARS funds the Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award, which has a grant award amount of $750,000.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Awards and Grants Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The IARS established its Grants & Awards Program in 1983 to further the scientific advancement of the specialty. To date, the IARS has funded more than 200 projects, contributing more $14,000,000.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health

Related Program

Awards and Grants Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The IARS is focused solely on the advancement and support of education and scientific research related to anesthesiology. A core tenet of our mission is to encourage, stimulate, and fund ongoing anesthesia-related research projects that will enhance and advance the specialty. Through our various organizational channels, we disseminate current, state-of-the-art, basic and clinical research data in all areas of clinical anesthesia, including perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain management.

The IARS has five core strategies to accomplish our mission:

Our Scientific Journals, Anesthesia & Analgesia (A&A), and A&A Practice, are critical components of our educational strategy. A&A, a benefit of IARS membership, features peer-reviewed articles reporting on the latest advances in the science of the disciplines broadly related to anesthesiology. Timely topics include perioperative care, preoperative preparation, patient monitoring, and pain management, all with the goal of improving current and future patient therapies. A&A Practice publishes high quality case reports with a focus on important teaching points, novel educational tools, and innovative solutions regarding patient safety, pain, quality and performance improvement, and global health management issues. In addition, every journal offers our readers the opportunity to earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits.

Annual Meeting – our Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium allows thousands of anesthesiologists, residents and fellows to stay abreast of the latest scientific research. The meeting provides educational opportunities to attendees through symposia, panel presentations, poster/abstract presentations, problem based learning sessions, workshops and peer networking. The meeting also provides the opportunity to earn CME.

Our Research Awards program funds anesthesia related research. Dating back to 1983, the IARS established its Grants and Awards Program to further the scientific advancement of the anesthesiology specialty. To date, the IARS has funded more than 200 projects, totaling more than $14 million in research funding. Our current funding focuses on innovation and creativity through our two primary awards, the Frontiers in Anesthesia Research Award and the IARS Mentored Research Award.

SmartTots is a multi-year collaborative effort designed to increase the safety of anesthetic and sedative drugs for the millions of children who undergo anesthesia and sedation each year. It is a Public-Private Partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is designed to close research gaps related to the effects of anesthetics on the developing brain, and ensure the safety of infants and young children undergoing anesthetics in medical procedures. Findings from SmartTots research studies will determine the safety of commonly used anesthetics, establish new practice guidelines, and potentially foster the development of new, safer anesthetics and sedatives.

Open Anestthesia.org is a unique and revolutionary approach to medical literature dissemination. It is a personalized learning tool for busy medical professionals worldwide, providing free, online content and podcasts to further the core competency of physicians, residents and fellows. It is a comprehensive resource that started with the broad goal of advancing graduate medical education in anesthesia and has expanded to the larger anesthesia provider community.

Founded in 1922, the IARS is a small and agile organization. Over the course of our 97 year existence, our small, but capable staff has consistently met the critical needs of our members. In addition to our in-house staff, we have significant key strategic partners that allow us to successfully accomplish our goals and aims. For example, we partner with the FDA on our SmartTots program. We partner with Wolters Klower Health (WK) to publish our journal. Our editorial board also contributes to the production of our journal, providing the skills, knowledge and experience to consistently create a top ranking publication that exceeds the expectations of our readers. The speakers and abstract presenters at our annual meetings are international thought leaders, offering exceptional expertise to our attendees. Our awards staff partner with our esteemed Research Committee who provide guidance and competency to ensure that critical, cutting edge research science is funded to further the discipline. We have affiliations with many sub-specialty organizations, partnering to support our mutually beneficial goals. Finally, membership staff partner with several technology companies to optimize our organization and provide fast, easy, modern member engagement.

IARS ensures that the current and next generation of Anesthesiologists have the tools and knowledge necessary to prepare and excel in their craft. We provide critical support and resources to physicians, residents, fellows and other health professionals in anesthesia related practice, to help them develop a deeper understanding of their specialty. Their medical career and continuing education is accelerated with IARS in their toolbox - our journal, meetings, and educational offerings are greatly utilized and highly regarded.

The advances in anesthesiology basic science and clinical research are strong indicators of our vast accomplishments. All areas of clinical anesthesia, including perioperative medicine, critical care, and pain management are enriched as a result of our role in this specialty.

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INTERNATIONAL ANESTHESIA RESEARCH SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 6/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Christian Werner

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Term: 2021 - 2022

Laura Niklason

Yale University

Michael Avidan

Washington University in St. Louis

Alex Evers

Washington University in St. Louis

Davy Cheng

Western University

Makoto Ozaki

Tokyo Women's Medical University

Emery Brown

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard, MIT

John Butterworth

Virginia Commonwealth University

Keith Jones

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Colleen Koch

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Santhanam Suresh

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

Christian Werner

Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Beverley Orser

University of Toronto

George Mashour

University of Michigan Medical School

Sachin Kheterpal

University of Michigan Medical School

Hiroshi Otake

Showa University School of Medicine

Organizational demographics

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