Cardiac Anesthesia Clinical Research
The research program in Cardiac Anesthesia in the Cardiac Anesthesia Group is a component of the academic and educational mission of the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital. We are involved with investigator-initiated research and phase II and III industry-supported trials in different areas of Cardiac Anesthesia and Surgery. These include:
- the inflammatory response to cardiac surgery;
- biomarkers of renal dysfunction;
- perioperative respiratory changes during cardiopulmonary bypass;
- neurocognitive changes in low- and high-risk patients;
- transesophageal echocardiography for ventricular assist devices, mitral valve regurgitation and aortic disease;
- perioperative coagulation abnormalities and methods for assessment and treatment;
- management of temperature during cardiac surgery.
We offer opportunities for undergraduate students of biomedical and technological areas, medical students, clinical and research fellows to participate at different levels in these research projects. Trainees can be actively involved with the implementation of studies, learning of specialized measurement techniques, data analysis, and elaboration of written and oral communications for scientific journals and meetings. Furthermore, they can experience the process of conception and execution of clinical projects, and considerations on the ethics of human investigation. Usually, trainees will attend a course and become certified on human research.