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Department of Anesthesiology


Dr. Rebecca S. Twersky is the Vice-Chair for Research. The section heads are appointed by the Department Chairman upon the recommendation of the departmental search committee and are responsible to the Chairman. Day-to-day operations of the research laboratories, their equipment and staffing, are the responsibilities of the section heads John Hartung, Ph.D., and Ira Kass, Ph.D.

Dr. Twersky serves as Chairperson of the department's Committee on Research and Publications. The committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing all research protocols and ensuring their compliance with all applicable regulations commensurate with the nature of the project and the subjects involved. After approval by this committee, the projects are submitted to the appropriate Institutional Review Committee.

Faculty mentors have been identified to work with the staff and advise on protocol development, grant applications and scientific presentation. During their senior year of training, residents are encouraged to participate in research projects that interest them.

The Anesthesia Research Laboratories are located on the third and sixth floors of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Collaboration with other laboratories in the university has been established as well as collaboration with anesthesiology departments of other universities. Currently, there are two full-time technicians on staff in the labs.

The in-vitro cerebral research laboratory is fully equipped to record extracellularly and intracellularly from brain cells in-vitro and to measure brain cell metabolite and ion levels.

Our in-vivo laboratory is fully equipped for small animal surgery. Current investigations employ a rat models of focal and global cerebral ischemia that enable us to test the cerebral protective effects of anesthetics and other pharmaceuticals.

Our in-vitro cardiac research laboratory is fully equipped to perform isolated heart studies via the Langendorff method to determine the effect of anesthetics and other agents on cardiac function and to determine their mechanisms of action. We have received some outside funding for this research, and as we continue to publish in this area we will be applying for additional grant monies.

The following is a listing of research projects in which our faculty members are currently engaged:

Research projects for 2014-2015 >>

For information or questions regarding participating in the research projects, please contact:

Rebecca Twersky, M.D.

Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice Chair for Research

Department of Anesthesiology

SUNY Downstate Medical Center

450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 6

Brooklyn, NY 11203

Phone: (718) 613-8742

Fax: (718) 613-8794