Call for Abstracts: 18th Annual Safar Symposium

The 18th Annual Safar Symposium—a two-day event that includes the Multi-Departmental Trainees’ Research Day and the WISER Simulation Lecture Session—will be held on May 19-20, 2021 as a virtual event. The theme for the event is “Future Visions for Neuroprotection, Neuroanesthesia and Neurorehabilitation.”

This year, Ed Boyden, PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deliver the 40th Peter and Eva Safar Lecture for the Sciences and Humanities. His topic is “Tools for Analyzing and Repairing the Brain.” Dr. Boyden’s research focuses on tools for mapping, analyzing, and controlling brain computations, new therapeutics for neurology and psychiatry, and approaches for ground-truth understanding of living systems. He is a professor in the Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Media Arts and Sciences, and Biological Engineering. He is also the Y. Eva Tan Professor of Neurotechnology at the McGovern Institute and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Call for Abstracts

First authors wishing to be considered for participation in the Safar Symposium Multi-Departmental Trainees’ Research Day must submit their abstract by 5 pm on Thursday, April 15, 2021 to SafarTRD [at] Pitt.edu. Authors will be notified of their abstract’s status the week of April 26, 2021. Submission requirements and abstract guidelines are posted to the Safar Symposium page of the Safar Center website.

Safar Symposium Program

Wednesday, May 19

8am — Welcome

8:30am — Investigator presentations

12pm — 40th Peter and Eva Safar Lecture for the Sciences and Humanities by Ed Boyden, PhD

1:30pm — Multi-Departmental Trainees’ Research Day

Thursday, May 20

9am — WISER Simulation Lecture Session

About the Peter and Eva Safar Lecture for the Sciences and Humanities

The lectureship honors the late Peter Safar, MD, and his wife Eva for their professional and personal contribution to the scientific community. Dr. Safar’s pioneering efforts and accomplishments in emergency medicine, critical care medicine, resuscitation research, and disaster re-animatology have saved countless lives and gained international recognition.

In 1961 he founded and served as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He was Distinguished Professor of Resuscitation Medicine between 1979 and 2003. Dr. Safar founded the International Resuscitation Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh and served as its director for many years. In recognition of Peter Safar’s contributions to the field of resuscitation science, the Center was renamed the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research by his successor.

This lectureship, hosted by Patrick M. Kochanek, MD, MCCM, director of the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research and Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD, MBA, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, was initiated in 1980 by Peter M. Winter, MD, chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine from 1979 to 1996.