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WFSA Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards

The three year WFSA Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards identifies and supports the development of innovations that have the potential to transform the field of anaesthesia and improve patient safety worldwide.


Innovations can relate to anaesthesia, critical care or pain and be:

• A new product/ device
• An IT innovation
• A new techniques or solution of a problem
• An innovation in education or training in anaesthesiology

As part of their award winners receive up to $25,000 to develop and help take the product or technology to market. Additionally, they are offered the opportunity to make a short promotional film and present their work at the 2020 World Congress of Anaesthesiologists in Prague.

Award winners 

2019- Screenless Anaesthesia Monitor (SAM) by Dr Paul Barton

2018 – RevoCap: A revolution in Global Capnography by Maziar Mohsen Nourian and Michael Lipnick 
An affordable and context-appropriate capnography device for use in low and middle income countries.

2017– SmartBlade: Video laryngoscope by Caroline Corbett and Nick Nevin

WFSA-IARS Research Fellowships

The WFSA-International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) Research Fellowships were launched in 2019 with the aim of strengthening clinical research capacity in Africa.

The research fellowship supports two African anaesthesiologists to undertake 12 month clinical research fellowships at the University of Cape Town or the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. The fellowships aim to equip them with the skills and experience they need to establish and lead collaborative research projects in their home countries.

In 2019, anaesthesiologists from Ghana and Tanzania were awarded grants to start their fellowships in early 2020.