NIH Gives $8.6M Grant for Researchers to Pinpoint Anesthesia Mechanisms
National Institutes of Health gave $8.6 million in renewed grant support over five years to scientists at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to uncover the mechanisms behind inhaled anesthetics.
Despite its wide use, anesthesia is largely enigmatic to physicians and scientists. The exact proteins in the neuronal membrane and how they are altered is still unknown. The funding will allow the team to advance its understanding of key protein targets of anesthetics and better identify new agents.
The program includes five research projects and two cores. The university's Roderic Eckenhoff, vice chair for research and Austin Lamont Professor of Anesthesia, is the principal investigator.
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