Wolfgang Buhre | Chair Research Committee
On 26 November 2015, the Research Committee met to discuss the 93 Research Grant applications received. This year the following grants were open for applications: two project grants (60€k), two research support grants (15€k), two young investigator start-up grants (22.5€k) and one coordination grant (5€k).
A two-round evaluation
Applications were reviewed in a first round by Research Committee members. Each application was ranked independently and according to a predefined threshold value, selected to a short list for final evaluation.
From the 93 applications, 22 were shortlisted for the 2016 Research Grants. These applications also received external reviews and were discussed in detail by the Research Committee members during the meeting in November. The following criteria were considered for evaluation:
1) Scientific merit
4) Budget appropriateness
5) Research group and other consideration
The following applications were successful:
a. Projects Grants winners (60,000€)
- Donal Buggy from University College Dublin, Ireland. Area of Research: Experimental. Title: “Does perioperative IV lidocaine infusion during tumour resection surgery reduce metastatic disease in the 4T1 mouse model of breast cancer?”
- Charissa van den Brom from VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Area of Research: Experimental. Title: “Therapeutic targeting of vascular leakage to prevent microcirculatory perfusion disturbances and renal dysfunction during hemorrhagic shock”.
b. Research Support Grants winners (15,000€)
- Elena Bignami from Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy. Area of Research: Clinical. Title: “VENTilation during CardioPulmonary Bypass (CPBVENT 2014) for cardiac surgery: a multicenter randomized controlled trial”.
- Graciela Martinez-Palli from Consorci Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Barcelona, Spain. Area of Research: Clinical. Title: “Effectiveness of personalized physical training intervention (prehabilitation) on postoperative complications: a randomized controlled trial in high-risk patients who underwent abdominal cancer surgery”.
c. Young Investigator Start-Up Grants (22,500€)
- David Baron from Medical University of Vienna, Austria. Area of Research: Clinical. Title: “Identification of Biochemical Alterations of Stored Erythrocyte Membranes Influencing Clinical Coagulation Properties”.
- Silvia Dobler from Kepler University Hospital Linz, Austria. Area of Research: Experimental. Title: “Impact of HIF-1 blockade on the onset of bronchiolitis obliterans and the polarization potential of macrophages in orthotopic lung transplantation”.
d. Coordination Grant (5,000€)
- Mark Coburn from University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Germany. Area of Research: Clinical. Title: “Improving perioperative care for hip fracture patients (iPOC-HIP)”.
Due to the high quality of most applications, Research Committee members felt that the selection process was rather difficult. In the end, we are confident that we have chosen some really interesting projects of exceptionally high quality, which are all of significance for our specialty; although many more projects would have deserved to be funded.
ESA Research Committee would like to thank all applicants for their interest and the work they have invested into this scientific competition. We also hope that those who were not successful this time will be motivated to contribute in the future. It also became obvious from our review work that many of the applications will also have high chances to be funded from alternative resources. In this regard we wish all applicants great success and ongoing enthusiasm for research.
The ESA Research Grants will be formally awarded to winners on Saturday, 28 May 2016 during the Awards Ceremony at the Euroanaesthesia Congress in London, United Kingdom.