NIAA Update: April 2018

Welcome to this month's newsletter

2018 NIAA Annual Scientific Meeting


We're now just weeks away from this year's NIAA ASM!

Bookings for the event are still open so please do join us on Monday 21 May at the RCoA for a packed programme. The day will include updates on NIAA projects including the Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) and the UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (POMCTN). We will also be announcing the 2018 NIAA Research Award winner from a short list of 3 finalists (see details below).

More information on the full programme is available on the event page. The delegate fee is £45 and there is a discounted rate for trainees. Click here to register - we will see you there!

The NIAA Research Award panel have drawn up a short list of 3 finalists to present their abstracts at the Annual Scientific Meeting on May 21. The quality of applications was high and overall the results were very close, however Dr Helen Laycock - Imperial College, London, Dr Andreas Themistocleous & Dr Vishvarani Wanigasekera - Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Oxford have been selected and we're intrigued who will be the winner on the day. If you want to be in the audience, we suggest you book your seat now!
Thanks to this year's panel of judges Prof Fang Gao - Birmingham, Dr Brian Jenkins - Cardiff, Prof David Lambert - Leicester, Dr Ramani Moonesinghe - London for their input.

First ever analysis of NIAA research grant activity published

New data has recently been published in Anaesthesia, comprising the first ever systematic analysis of UK anaesthetic research grant activity by the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia, based on a systematic review of NIAA grant applications and funding awarded between 2008 and 2015.

The data highlights that overall a key indicator of being successfully awarded a grant is to actually apply for one, with the most grants awarded to those who applied the most frequently. The paper also shows that whilst the NIAA facilitated £4.2 million of anaesthesia research grant funding between 2008 and 2015, UK anaesthesia receives significantly less research funding than other areas of study.

The open access paper entitled Analysis of the distribution and scholarly output from National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) research grants is available here.

Please note this research was conducted externally to the NIAA, which provided background information and statistics to the researchers for independent analysis. The final paper does not necessarily reflect the views or official positions of all NIAA constituent founding/funding partners.

NAP6 Report Launch


The largest ever study of Perioperative Anaphylaxis - the Sixth National Audit Project - will be officially launching its final report at an event at the Royal Society of Medicine on Monday 14 May 2018. Open to all anaesthetists and others with an interest, particularly if you are a NAP6 Local Coordinator. Presentations will be delivered by the NAP6 Steering Panel: anaesthetists, allergists and immunologists and patient representatives, and the day will be opened by Baroness Ilora Finlay, Chair of the Science & Technology Committee Allergy inquiry.

To book your place and find out more about the programme click here.

Anaesthesia 2018


This year's International Meeting of the Royal College of Anaesthetists is being held 22-23 May at the British Museum, and places have officially sold out. The 2-day programme is packed with a wealth of speakers including a keynote address from Professor Stephen Powis the new Medical Director for NHS England, discussions and breakout sessions.

Day 2 of the event will feature Dr Charlotte Small and South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix (SWARM) collecting their joint RCoA/NIHR CRN Clinical Research Awards in the Trainee and Trainee Network categories respectively.

For more information on the event or to be added to the waiting list please click here.