The 12th Annual Safar Symposium

The 12th Annual Safar Symposium took place May 21st, at the University Club and May 22nd at WISER. The Safar Symposium is a two-day multi-departmental research conference held jointly by the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research and the Winter Institute for Simulation, Education, and Research (WISER) of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. 

The Symposium featured the 34th Peter and Eva Safar Annual Lectureship in Medical Sciences and Humanities was presented by Gerald F. Gebhart, PhD. Dr. Gebhart’s lecture, titled “Inside Information—Communications from the Interior” addressed findings from his illustrious career in research on the topic of pain. Dr. Gebhart is Professor and Director for Pain Research in the Department Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Symposium also featured a session titled “Novel Approaches to Understanding and Managing Pain Across the Continuum of Care,” which included lectures by national and local experts that spanned the gamut of pain research from mechanistic underpinnings to management.

The second day of the Safar Symposium was held at WISER and a program under the direction of Dr. Paul Phrampus addressed the topic of “Simulation for Graduate Medical Education and Assessment.” It featured four lecturers by national and local experts in simulation technology and training. 

The Symposium also included a Multi-departmental Trainees’ Research Day that featured 64 abstract presentations by trainees from the Departments of Anesthesiology, Critical Care  Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The top overall poster prize was awarded to Nicole Scheff, PhD, of the Department of Anesthesiology. The top oral presentation was awarded to Fanuel Hagos, MS, a young investigator in the School of Pharmacy working in translational investigation in critical care. Six other awards were given to trainees from all of the participating departments.

Each year, one Safar Center trainee is presented with the Nancy Caroline Award, which was  created in honor of one of Dr. Peter Safar’s first fellows, Dr. Nancy Caroline, who was a pioneering researcher in the development of paramedic systems in the USA.  This year’s recipient was Corina Oana Bondi, PhD. Dr. Bondi is the first Nancy Caroline Awardee from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and received the award for her groundbreaking work on novel outcome evaluation tools in experimental traumatic brain injury.

This year the Symposium attracted the largest number of registrants in its 12 year history.

The 12th Annual Safar Symposium was made possible through the generous support of the Laerdal Foundation, USAA, and the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. We would also like to thank the Departments of Anesthesiology, Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Physical Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for their continued support.