Translational Research

The Department’s Translational Research Program focuses on 1) understanding the mechanisms of perioperative, critical care, and chronic pain morbidity and 2) performing laboratory and clinical experiments and trials to manipulate these mechanisms in order to improve patient outcomes. Key focus areas include the study of acute brain injury, acute kidney injury, vascular biology, immune function modulation in sepsis, and the transition from acute to chronic pain. 

The Department’s Translational Research laboratories are supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Veterans Administration and capitalize upon Vanderbilt’s superb culture of interdepartmental collaboration and major investigative strengths in cardiovascular disease, critical care medicine, and genetics of complex human traits. Anesthesiology faculty collaborate with faculty in the departments of surgery, medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, pathology, and biostatistics to accomplish the research program focuses stated above.