Aaron Norris MD, PhD awarded a FAER Mentored Research Training Grant

Jun 02, 2017

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Aaron Norris MD, PhD has been awarded a FAER Mentored Research Training Grant

Aaron Norris MD, PhD has been awarded a Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Mentored Research Training Grant. The FAER Mentored Research Training Grant is a two-year faculty award to “help anesthesiologists develop the skills, preliminary data for subsequent grant applications and research publications needed to become independent investigators.” Dr. Norris works with mentors Dr. Michael Bruchas and Dr. Michael Avidan in basic neuroscience focused on sleep and anesthesia related neurocircuitry.

Dr. Norris received the grant from FAER for his project titled “Isoflurane Activated Neural Circuits,” which will examine the functional relationship between neurons activated by isoflurane and neurons active during sleep. The proposed experiments will employ optogenetic tools to examine changes in brain activity induced by simulating, with light, isoflurane-activated neurons without administration of isoflurane.  These studies will test the hypothesis that one way in which anesthetics can alter consciousness is by acting on native sleep/wake neural circuits. The results will provide new insights into mechanism of anesthesia and sleep that will help devise novel sedative and anesthetic drugs.

Dr. Norris will finish a fellowship in Neuroanesthesiology in June 2017 and he graduated from residency in Anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis in 2016 as a participant in the Scholars Research track.


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