WFSA Research Grant 2011 adjudications


WFSA Research Grant 2011 adjudications

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For the first year, the WFSA, according to the proposal of its Scientific Affairs Committee, has decided to create in 2011 three research grants of $8,000 each to allow young doctors to start a research programme abroad, hopefully in view of a PhD, during a period of six months to one year.

 The money is mainly devoted to the travel expenses, the hosting laboratory
taking in charge an access to meals and accommodation.

 The candidates
had to send an application form including letters of recommendation from their
Head of Department and the President of their National Society, and a
certificate of the hosting laboratory indicating its agreement to receive the
fellow and to bring assistance to perform her/his work.

 The applications
were sent to the Scientific Affairs Committee Chairman before October 1st.
2011 and each of them were dispatched to two committee members for evaluation
and selection.

 The three
winners are

    • Dr.Ruslan BALTAGA, born in 1975,
      assistant professor, working in the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive
      Care, in Chisinau, Moldova. His project consists of   development of patient safety through implementation
      of new clinical tools in the Republic of Moldova. A safer practice has become a
      major public health priority in this country and a first attempt will be to
      disseminate the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist. These tools based upon
      techniques of quality assurance and evaluation of professional practice has the
      aim to reduce a morbidity and mortality remaining at a high level in Moldova. The
      applicant will be trained to quality assurance and risk management at the
      Harvard School of Public Health and the research coordination will be insured
      by Dr. Atul Gawande, at the origin of the Lifebox programme.
    • Dr. Angelina VAKHLYAEVA, born in
      1986, is currently research fellow in the Department of Anaesthesiology of the
      Saint Petersburg Medical Academy. Her project is to start a research centre on
      Malignant Hyperthermia in Saint Petersburg. At the present time there is no MH
      centre all over the Russia and the goal is to implement a laboratory able to
      provide means of MH diagnosis. The applicant will travel to Lille, France, to
      be trained in the Professor Krivosic’s laboratory, acting in this field since
      many years and recognised at the international level. Her application is
      supported by Professor Yuri Polushin, President of the Russian Federation of
      Societies of Anaesthesiology, and by Professor Konstantin Lebedinskyi.
    • Dr. Yun-Tai YAO, born in 1978, has
      already a solid background in research and is involved currently in a programme
      on the organ protective effects of remote ischemic conditioning in CABG
      patients in the frame of Hospital Foundation for young doctors. The title of
      his project: Sevoflurane post conditioning and beta-blockers is the
      continuation of a research for his PhD thesis constituted by an experimental
      investigation on isolated rat hearts. His project is supported by Dr Wei Chao,
      associate professor of anaesthesia, from the Massachusetts Hospital, Harvard
      Medical School.

The WFSA Executive Committee has
decided to renew the Research Grants for next year and the Scientific Affairs
Committee expects that several candidates will send their application before
October 2012. This first promotion brings the demonstration of the WFSA
willingness to promote research for young doctors and exchanges between



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