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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.


WFSA-Ohio State University Research Fellowships

ohio stateThe WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee & the Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center have agreed to co-fund two research fellowships. These unique positions are based at the Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University, and are open to anaesthesiologists from low and middle income countries. The aim of the fellowship programme is to foster the development of research in less affluent countries. The fellows, from different countries, will work on a research project for a period of 12 months, with the final goal of publishing an original paper in an indexed journal. The project could form part of an advanced diploma, or a PhD thesis. 

For more information about the WFSA-Ohio State University Research Fellowship please click here.


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.


fresenius kabi logoThe WFSA Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards

The WFSA and Fresenius Kabi are delighted to launch a unique innovation development awards programme which identifies and supports the development of innovations that have the potential to transform the field of anaesthesia and improve patient safety worldwide. The project is a three year project, with one award given per year until 2020.

Encouraging applications from around the world, the WFSA Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards will identify innovations in the field of anaesthesia which have the potential to benefit patients worldwide. For more information about the award and how to apply, please click here.



The WFSA Innovation Awards

The WFSA Innovation Awards, sponsored by Baxter, were launched in 2014 and were designed to encourage and support innovation in anaesthesiology that has had – or is likely to have – a positive impact on surgical patient outcomes. The six winning innovators from six different countries were invited to the 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong. 


For more information about the 2015 winners, please click here.


How to Apply

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

Find out how to apply