Research is an integral component of the mission of the Department of Anesthesiology at Loma Linda. We have a very active Research Division, which gives residents both basic science and clinical research options.
Residents desiring basic science research have opportunities for extended research time in NIH-funded laboratories investigating. Many opportunities for neuroscience research are available in the Zhang Neuroscience Laboratory
, which is housed in the Anesthesiology Department to allow close collaboration in exciting projects that share a focus on near-term translation potential. The Zhang lab has NIH P01 program grant funding to study hemorrhagic stroke, and many R01 grants for studies of methods to improve outcome following ischemic stroke, global cerebral ischemia including hypoxia-ischemia, neonatal hypoxia, surgical brain injury (edema and bleeding) and cardiac arrest. Collaboration with the LLU Center for Perinatal Biology
allows participation in studies of vascular reactivity and nitric oxide effects. Department faculty members collaborate with researchers on campus who study coagulation disorders.
Residents whose interest is in clinical research also have opportunites for research. Our Faculty members have numerous active research projects, with ongoing projects in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, Neuroanesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, Pain Medicine and Clinical Monitoring areas.
Research rotations are arranged for the CA-III year. Residents with an interest in research meet with the department research director and research coordinator during the CA-II year. Residents may participate in an existing project, but are also encouraged to develop a hypothesis and participate in study design. This latter approach has the advantage of exposure to the complete research process, including Institutional Review Board approval. The department supports residents wishing to get an early start on research projects beginning in their CA-I year, so some of our residents begin work on research projects before the end of their CA-1 year.
Each year the Department of Anesthesiology is represented at conferences across the nation including but not limited to the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, the International Anesthesia Research Society, subspecialty conferences such as SPA, SCA and SOAP and the Western Anesthesia Residents Conference (WARC).