The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia was established in March 2008. Its vision, with respect to anaesthesia and related specialties, is to improve patient care by promoting the translation of research findings into clinical practice; develop and maximise its academic profile within the healthcare profession, NHS, universities and major research bodies; facilitate high profile, influential research; facilitate and support training and continuing professional education in academia.
NIHR Fellowship Programme
Round 11 of is expected to open week commencing October 2nd, 2017, with five levels of awards available. Full details can be found on the NIHR website.
NACCS have now awarded two research grants each of £10000, using the NIAA system, and are again offering a grant of up to £20k, for research into a suitable topic within the neuroanaesthesia/critical care sphere. The 2017 second round will close on Friday 22nd September, 2017.
Please feel free to contact the society if you would like to discuss the grant prior to submission. We would welcome in particular applications for lower amounts of funding for smaller service improvement projects or pilot studies. Membership of NACCS is not a prerequisite for application.
The 2015 grant was awarded to Dr Martyn Ezra from the University of Oxford. This grant was for £20 000 and will examine the role of nitric oxide depletion following subarachnoid haemorrhage. Full details can be found on the NIHR website.
Previous Grant Awards
The first grant, awarded in the second round of 2010 went to Dr John Andrzejowski from Sheffield to further explore the use of BIS with a project entitled “A pilot study of bilateral bis monitoring (BBIS) after subarachnoid haemorrhage: will it help to diagnose vasospasm?” This can be viewed on the NIAA website at http://www.niaa.org.uk/article.php?newsid=197.
The second grant, awarded in the first round of 2012 went to Prof. Martin Smith from Queen’s Square, UCLH and was entitled: Defining novel biomarkers of dysautoregulation after subarachnoid haemorrhage using non-invasive optical techniques. The report can be viewed on the NIAA website at http://www.niaa.org.uk/article.php?newsid=600.
John Snow Award
NACCS also offers a John Snow intercalated BSc award of £1000. This is to provide financial support for for undergraduate medical students who are undertaking intercalated BSc projects that are based in neuroanaesthesia or neurocritical care.
2018 – Miss Jennifer Young (Glasgow) was awarded the grant for her project looking at the influence of patient demographics on optimum cerebral perfusion pressure following severe traumatic brain injury.
2017 – No grant awarded
2016 – No grant awarded
2015 – Miss Jena Mamdani (University of Sheffield) project that investigated the effect of acupuncture on preoperative anxiety in patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures. This project won the Harvey Granat Prize when presented at the 2016 NACCS Annual Scientific Meeting.
2014 – Mr Matthew Sanders for a study that aimed to characterise the haemodynamic effects of nasal local anaesthesia during pituitary surgery. Mr Sanders presented his data at the recent NACCS ASM in Manchester, winning second place in the abstract competition.
There are other options to apply for grants through the NIAA. Please enquire through their website.
Future NACCS involvement with the NIAA
NACCS is also involved in a priority setting partnership (PSP) with NIAA to try to set some clinical research priorities for anaesthesia and perioperative care which are relevant both to the users and providers.The partnership consists of a variety of anaesthetic stakeholders including the RCOA, AAGBI, and specialist societies, along with patient, and allied health care professional groups.This is akin to the exercise conducted in 2009 by Simon Howell by the fledgling NIAA and reported in the BJA in 2012, but this time done on a much wider scale. (The topics prioritised in the 2009 exercise of ‘anaesthetic interest with little or no evidence base’ are included in the UK DUETs page on the NICE website; a limited number of topics refer to the clinical neuroscience field)