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The Research division of the Department of Anesthesiology consists of two main branches: Clinical and Basic Science. We are a national leader in academic anesthesiology research —consistently ranked as one of the top anesthesiology departments in the nation in NIH funding. The University of Pittsburgh provides state of the art facilities, including a $200 million, 10-story Biomedical Research Tower, offering access to sophisticated NMR equipment and various high-tech services such as imaging, simulation, and peptide synthesis.  The Department also fosters important collaborations with scientists from various departments including pharmacology, structural biology, and neurobiology. 

The current research focus in the Department is concentrated in five main areas:

  • Anesthesia mechanisms
  • Molecular genetics of pain
  • Neuronal injury and protection
  • Pain mechanisms
  • Patient safety

Our nationally and internationally prominent investigators are diverse in their interests, experienced as mentors, collaborative, and utilize ample funding resources, resulting in a research training environment which is outstanding and highly supportive.  An overarching goal of the division is to train both basic and clinical scientists to investigate problems and questions faced by practitioners.  The Division is committed to training the new generation of physician scientists to think beyond the confines of the traditional provision of anesthesia, to lead the future intellectual development in modern anesthesiology, and to bridge the gap between experiments on the benchtop and the betterment of patient care at the bedside.