The Research Division of the Department of Anesthesiology includes several research groups:
- A long-term focus of the Department has been the development of pharmacodynamic and pharmakokinetic assays to study a wide range of drugs that are being used in perioperative medicine, both in adult patients and the pediatric population (Bioanalytics, Christians Laboratory).
- There is a strong interest in understanding mechanisms that relate hypoxia and inflammation (Center of Hypoxia and Inflammation Research, CHaIR).
- our group studies protective, destructive and dysfunctional T cell immunity in the context of infectious and autoimmune disease with the overreaching aim to develop improved diagnostic, prophylactic and therapeutic modalities (Homann Lab).
- Our group does translational basic science research studying the mechanisms of ischemic brain injury with the hope of identifying new targets to improve functional outcomes (Neuronal Injury Program, NIP).
- Moreover, our Department is the home of the Animal Imaging Center for the Colorado Cancer Center. Here, scientists from our Department are developing physiologically-based imaging end-points (MRI and PET/CT) for inflammation, cancer and response to novel anti-cancer therapies (Serkova Laboratory).
- In addition, basic, translational and clinical research work from the Department is focused on improving nutrition, post-ICU/surgery physical function, and overall outcomes for surgical and critically ill patients (Translational Pharmacology and PharmacoNutrition Laboratory, TPN).