UNM Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Mailing address:
MSC 10 6000
2211 Lomas Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone: (505) 272-2610
Fax: (505) 272-1300

Research

MD/PhD student Arden Vanderwall, lab technician Mara Havard, and Dr. Karin Westlund High in the Anesthesiology Pain Research Lab. MD/PhD student Arden Vanderwall, lab technician Mara Havard, and Dr. Karin Westlund High in the Anesthesiology Pain Research Lab.

Our department has a large and growing research program. We are currently engaged in over thirty projects both internally and in collaboration with other departments and institutions. They include clinical trials, basic research, educational studies, observational studies, and surveys; and span the full range of patient populations. Our collaboration partners come from a variety of fields including neuroscience, psychiatry, child development, biochemistry, emergency medicine, and of course orthopaedics and other surgical disciplines. We also participate in several national case registries to better understand practice patterns and rare complications.

The department’s new 6000 sq. ft. Laboratory for Pain Relief Studies has generous facilities for cell culture, biochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and autoradiography. Work in the lab is generally focused on the physiological mechanisms underlying chronic pain, and non-opioid treatments for it.

We are proud to offer our faculty and residents both in-house and institutional statistical support, and we have a dedicated staff member to assist with study design, IRB review, FDA filings, grants, and manuscript preparation. Protected research time is available for faculty and advanced residents. The department has also instituted a Short Statistics Lecture series aimed at demystifying statistical concepts for residents and faculty with little prior experience.

Our department also utilizes resources offered by UNM’s Health Sciences Center including a Clinical Data Warehouse, biostatistics, numerous core facilities, a clinical trial center, grantsmanship training, funding searches, library/informatics assistance, and IT infrastructure such as RedCap.

We are dedicated to improving patient care and training the next generation of clinician-scientists, and to providing our physicians with the tools they need to do so.