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Innovation & Research

Aim: To promote innovation and research in anaesthesia

Objective 1: To seek out, test and endorse innovative equipment, drugs, learning or methods for safer anaesthesia and effective pain relief in resource poor settings

Objective 2: To promote and support research into anaesthesia, with a focus on the areas of innovation, safety, education and anaesthesiology in resource poor settings

This programme is supported by the Scientific Affairs Committee.

Research Grants

The WFSA provides grants worth US$8,000 each to young researchers from less affluent countries, to help them to study and learn in a research programme typically outside of their home country. 

Three grants were awarded in 2015 to students who will begin their research projects in 2016. The recipient must develop a research project in a Department or a Laboratory of Anaesthesiology for a period of six months to one year, with a final goal of publishing an original paper in an indexed journal. This could form part of an advanced diploma, or a PhD thesis. For more information on how to apply please contact our Programmes Manager.

Junsong Gong Working in Western UniversityDr Junsong Gong (China) will be travelling to Canada to study the effects of sevoflurane preconditioning and post-conditioning on reperfusion-induced arrhythmia, and the underlying mechanisms.



Derek 2015 research grant winnerDennis Banogtaa Kabiri (Ghana) will conduct a study in all health facilities in the three regions that make up northern Ghana where anaesthesia services are provided for caesarean sections. The project aims to assess the safety of obstetric anaesthesia provided in these regions.


Mona Sharma research 2015Dr Mona Sharma (Nepal) will be travelling to Singapore to study a series of factors relating to obstetric patients that may predict those with difficult airways, and evaluate the feasibility of ultrasound in identifying it.



We also recommend reading this article on the Global Disparity of Health Research which is a critical dimension of global health inequality.


 The WFSA Innovation Awards

The WFSA is delighted to have launched the Innovation Awards.

The awards are designed to encourage and support innovation in anaesthesiology that has had – or is likely to have – a positive impact on surgical patient outcomes.

Applications are only accepted from individuals who are nationals or residents of countries that have a current national or regional society membership of the WFSA.

The 2015 Innovation Award winners were announced! Six winning innovations from six different countries will be invited to the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong in 2016 where the awards will be offcially made.  For more information about the winners, please click here.

 The WFSA Innovation Awards are sponsored by baxter-logo

How to Apply

For more information about research grants and how to apply click the link below.

Find out how to apply