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The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is involved in laboratory and clinical research at the forefront of academic medicine. The mission of this research is to understand the mechanisms of disease that underlay the causes and conditions during and after surgical anesthesia and other operative procedures, and to apply this understanding to develop new and better treatments and thus to advance the clinical practice of anesthesia.
Research in the department is funded primarily through grants from the National Institutes of Health, and is conducted by both basic scientists and by clinical anesthesiologists. Education is a major responsibility in the department’s research activities, enabling residents, post-graduate fellows, medical students, graduate students and undergraduates to participate in modern medical research. For more than 35 years the department has participated in the NIH- sponsored Harvard Anesthesia Training Grant that funds two year post-residency Anesthesia Fellows. There is also an active summer student program for undergraduates, and graduate students from Harvard and MIT have conducted their dissertation research in the Anesthesia Research Laboratories.