Jessica Wallisch, MD, a T32 post-doctoral scholar in the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research, was honored with the In-Training Award at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 47th Annual Congress, held in San Antonio, Tex., February 23-28, 2018.
Dr. Wallisch studies cerebral edema after pediatric asphyxial cardiac arrest. Her research focuses on the role of aquaporin-4 in the development of cerebral edema and the impact of blocking this pathway on neurologic outcomes post-cardiac arrest. Key findings of her research include the ability to prevent the onset of acute cerebral edema, improve early neurologic deficit, and mitigate neuronal death and neuroinflammation post-cardiac arrest with early aquaporin-4 inhibition. Dr. Wallisch is mentored by Patrick Kochanek, MD, and Mio Manole, MD, who are respectively the Director and Associate Director of the Safar Center. She is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine’s Pediatric Division, and a graduate of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship program based at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.