IARS Annual Meeting

Kosaka Best Abstract Awards

The Kosaka Best Abstract Awards are awarded to the top scoring abstracts submitted to the IARS Annual Meeting in three categories: Clinical Research, Basic Science, or Scholars.  Three (3) Top Finalists will be selected in each category and present during the Kosaka Best Abstract Session (5 minute talk, 3 minute Q&A, 5 slide max). The finalists will receive a $50 prize and one winner from each category will receive $500.

The Kosaka Best Abstract Awards are supported by the Japan Society for Clinical Anesthesia (JSCA) and the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). The founder of the JSCA, Dr. Futami Kosaka, started a cooperative relationship with IARS in 1990 and developed the foundation for today’s Kosaka Best Abstracts Session.

Eligibility Requirements

The abstract:

  • Must be submitted to the IARS Annual Meeting.
  • Must be submitted in Clinical Research, Basic Science or Scholars.

The presenting author indicated in the abstract submission:

  • Will receive the prize.
  • Is not required to have an active IARS Membership.
  • For the scholars category, author must be junior faculty member within the first six years of faculty appointment at the instructor or assistant professor level.

The abstract must be presented during the Kosaka Best Abstracts Session at the IARS Annual Meeting.


The Finalists will receive:

  • $50 and a certificate after the IARS Annual Meeting

One winner from each category will receive:

  • $500 and a plaque after the IARS Annual Meeting

Congratulations to the 2022 Winners:

Basic Science Research Award Winner:

Glutamatergic and Adrenergic Neurons Mediate Alpha-2-Agonist-Induced Sedation and Hypnosis in Mice

Andrew McKinstry-Wu, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Clinical Research Award Winner:

Cognitive and cerebrospinal fluid Alzheimer’s Disease biomarker changes over time in older surgical patients and matched nonsurgical controls

Megan Wong, Duke University School of Medicine

Scholars Award Winner:

Integrated single-cell and plasma proteomic modeling to predict surgical site complications, a prospective cohort study

Amy Tsai, UC Davis School of Medicine

Congratulations to the 2022 Top Finalists:

Top Basic Science Presentations:

Ketamine Mitigates Sevoflurane-Induced Persistent Memory Deficits and Prevents Increased Activity of GABAA Receptors in Mice

Dian-Shi Wang, University of Toronto

Top Clinical Research Presentations

Incidence and predictors of a same-day case cancellation.

Karuna Wongtangman, Montefiore Medical Center

Development and Validation of Machine Learning Model to Predict Postoperative, Post-Discharge Opioids Refills as a Screening Tool for Referral to a Transitional Pain Service Clinic.

Andrew Bishara, UCSF

Top Scholars Presentations

Chemogenetic activation of dopaminergic midbrain neurons accelerates cognitive recovery following dexmedetomidine- but not ketamine-induced loss of consciousness in rats

Kathleen Vincent, Massachusetts General Hospital

Phase-Locked Acoustic Stimulation Increases Human Thermal Arousal Thresholds during Dexmedetomidine Sedation

Christian Guay, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

Top Late-Breaking Presentations (not eligible for award)

Human Demonstration of a Closed-loop, Wearable Naloxone Injector System

Jacob Sunshine, University of Washington School of Medicine

Variation in postpartum hemorrhage prevalence based on hospital of delivery in California.

Rudolph Davis, MD, MPH, Stanford University School of Medicine