Articles  |   April 2018
ASA Brain Health Initiative: Advances in the Science
Author Affiliations
  • Stacie Deiner, M.S., M.D.
    Ad Hoc Committee on Brain Health Initiative
  • Roderic G. Eckenhoff, M.D.
    Ad Hoc Committee on Brain Health Initiative
Article Information
Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems / Geriatric Anesthesia / Articles
Articles   |   April 2018
ASA Brain Health Initiative: Advances in the Science
ASA Monitor 4 2018, Vol.82, 40-42.
ASA Monitor 4 2018, Vol.82, 40-42.
The topic of perioperative brain health in the elderly continues to generate interest among both basic and clinical scientists, as reflected by funded grants and by contributions to the literature. Currently, there are more than 30 funded NIH grants dealing with postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), including postoperative delirium (POD), and over 400 publications in 2017 alone in the same topic area. In addition to steady progress in preclinical mechanistic research, considerable progress has been made in patient-oriented research, including a few randomized controlled trials. We will attempt to succinctly summarize some of the major advances here, but we have to emphasize at the outset that firm conclusions on any of the major questions are not yet possible.
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