SOURCE: International Anesthesia Research Society

International Anesthesia Research Society - Anesthesia and Analgesia

March 23, 2010 13:51 ET

Dr. Mike Roizen Gives Keynote Speech at Annual Meeting for the International Anesthesia Research Society

IARS Announces $320,000 in Clinical Scholar Research Awards

HONOLULU, HI--(Marketwire - March 23, 2010) -   Dr. Michael Roizen delivered the T.H. Seldon Memorial Lecture keynote speech for the 2010 Annual Meeting of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) on Sunday, March 21. Dr. Roizen, best known as "Dr. Mike" and the renowned author of the bestselling "YOU" books and the author of hundreds of articles and numerous works of outstanding scholarship, delivered his address, "Sweet Sixteen: A Life Just Starting: Yours" to more than 300 attendees of the meeting.

The "sweet sixteen" in the lecture's title refers to the DAF16 gene which, when activated, has been shown to slow the aging process. Discussing data that shows that 98% of coronary disease is man-made, and that obesity rates in the U.S. have quadrupled in the last two decades, he inspired the audience to re-think their daily food intake and physical activity choices -- and to urge their patients to do the same. Dr. Mike emphasized that it's important for physicians to extend a positive message to their patients and not the typical dour-and-sour warnings. He presented compelling evidence that when we make healthier choices in our lives, we get a "do over" that can slow the aging process and reverse years of damage created by poor diet and inactivity.

Dr. Mike focused on what he calls "The Big Four" that contribute most significantly to the aging process: tobacco use, food choices and portion size, work-related stress, and physical activity. He asserts that by stopping smoking, making smarter food choices, limiting our portion sizes, reducing stress, and getting daily physical activity, everyone's health will improve almost immediately. And we'll have fewer wrinkles, more energy -- and better sex.

The T.H. Seldon Memorial Lecture was established to honor Dr. Harry Seldon, the Editor-in-Chief of Anesthesia & Analgesia from 1954-1976. The keynote speech at the IARS Annual Meeting was named after Dr. Seldon in 1992.

IARS Announces $320,000 in Grants for its 2010 Clinical Scholar Research Awards

Immediately before the start of the T.H. Seldon Memorial Lecture, the IARS announced the awarding of $320,000 for its Clinical Scholar Research Awards. Hugo Van Aken, MD, PhD, and member of the IARS Board of Trustees, announced the winners:

  • Jennifer K. Lee, MD, Johns Hopkins University, "Non-Invasively Monitoring Cerebrovascular Autoregulation After Pediatric Cardiac Arrest"
  • Patrick Meybohm, MD, University Hospital, Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Kiel, Germany, "Remote Ischemic Preconditioning for Congenital Heart Surgery (RIPCoHeart-Study)"
  • Jacob Raphael, MD, The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia, "Haptoglobin Polymorphism as a Predictor of Major Adverse Cardiac Events and Acute Kidney Injury After Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery in Patients with Diabetes"
  • Wyndam M. Strodtbeck, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, "Differential Tolerance to Opioid-Mediated Analgesia and Respiratory Depression in Subjects Chronically Taking Opioids"

Each award recipient will receive an $80,000 grant to be paid over two years. Since its inception in 1994, the Clinical Scholar Research Awards program has granted over $4.5 million to anesthesia research.

About the IARS

The IARS is a non-political medical society founded in 1922 to advance and support anesthesia research and education. The IARS contributes more than $1 million annually to fund anesthesia research and provides a forum for leaders in anesthesia research to share information and ideas. The Society publishes the Anesthesia & Analgesia journal in print and online.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Thomas A. Cooper
    Executive Director
    International Anesthesia Research Society
    100 Pine Street, Suite 230
    San Francisco, CA 94111
    415-296-6900
    www.iars.org