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Perioperative Care Lectureship

Beverley Orser, the 2020 Perioperative Care Lectureship at PHRI

The PHRI Perioperative Care Lectureship will be given by Dr. Beverley Orser on Monday, February 24, 2020, at the David Braley Research Institute (main floor auditorium), 20 Copeland Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

She will present, at 5:30 – 6:30 PM, on the topic of: Preserving Brain Function after Anesthesia and Surgery, preceded by a short wine and cheese reception in the atrium of the same building.

The learning objectives of the Lectureship will include:

  • To understand the incidence and risk factors associated with postoperative neurocognitive deficits.
  • To learn about the new nomenclature for postoperative neurocognitive deficits and recent practice guidelines.
  • To identify mechanisms underlying postoperative neurocognitive deficits and potential new treatments.

Beverley Orser is the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, University of Toronto, and a former Canada Research Chair in Anesthesia, and Professor of Anesthesia and Physiology at U of T, a practicing anesthesiologist at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, and a co-founder of the Perioperative Brain Health Centre.

With more than 20 years of experience in neuroscience research, she has authored more than 190 publications. Her research aims to understand the role of GABA receptors in learning and memory. Her lab pioneered the study of extrasynaptic GABAA receptors as drug targets, discovered that these receptors were regulated by endogenous factors, such as cytokines, and that they also contribute to post-anesthetic cognitive deficits.

Her leadership has been recognized by election to the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Science and the National Academy of Medicine of the United States.