CARF Partners with Smart Tots for Pediatric Anesthesia Research
Published December 11th, 2013
Earlier this year, CARF entered into a 2-year agreement with the IARS to fundraise under the Smart Tots banner to raise money for pediatric anesthesia research, specifically, anesthetic effects on pediatric neurological development. Some may recall that Smart Tots was created through a public-private partnership between the IARS and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the spring of 2011. Since that time, they have engaged multiple stakeholders in both public and private sectors in their fund-raising endeavors.
CARF is now able to accept Canadian donations using the Smart Tots brand to fund pediatric anesthesia neurodevelopmental research that will be done in Canada. Money raised will support ongoing research by Dr. Davinia Withington, an Associate Professor at McGill University who works at Montreal Children’s Hospital, who is looking into differences in neurodevelopmental outcomes and apnea in children receiving regional versus general anesthetics as part of a multi-center trial. The Canadian Pediatric Anesthesia Society (CPAS) is supportive of this initiative and feels this will help raise the profile and highlight the importance of pediatric anesthesia research in Canada.
For more information about Smart Tots, and useful information for anesthesiologists involved in the anesthetic care of children, visit: www.smarttots.org
Doreen Yee, MD FRCPC MBA
Chair, Canadian Anesthesia Research Foundation