Anaesthetists reflect on early success of national body
The National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia has just published its Comprehensive Review 2008–2011, featuring contributions from two University of Leicester researchers who serve as members of its Research Council board.
The Review celebrates the significant achievements of the NIAA in its first four years, with some thought given to the future strategy of the Institute.
Professor David Rowbotham of our Department of Health Sciences was the founding chair and now chairs the NIAA Research Council; he provides an introduction to the NIAA and its structure with Professor Ravi Mahajan.
The Department of Cardiovascular Sciences’ Professor David Lambert chairs the grant awards activity for the Research Council, contributing a summary of the grants awarded in the Institute’s first four years and the promising research into anaesthesia revealed by their highly successful award process.
The NIAA was first established in 2008, a partnership between the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, the British Journal of Anaesthesia and the journal Anaesthesia that has since expanded. It aims are:
- to develop and maximise the academic profile of anaesthesia within the healthcare profession, NHS, universities and major research bodies
- to facilitate high profile, influential research
- to support training and continuing professional education in academia
- to improve patient care by promoting the translation of research findings into clinical practice