The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) has awarded the 2012 Excellence in Research Award to Ralph Lydic.
The 2012 award recognizes Lydic’s more than 30 years of research on the brain mechanisms that regulate states of sleep and anesthesia, breathing, and pain. Lydic, the Bert La Du Professor of Anesthesiology at UMMS, directs NIH funded research programs that have helped bridge the gap between sleep disorders medicine and anesthesia care.
The ASA, founded in 1905, has a current membership or more than 48,000. The ASA goals are to enhance the practice of anesthesiology and to advocate for all patients who require anesthesia or relief from pain. The Excellence in Research Award is the highest honor the ASA can bestow on an investigator. The award recognizes lifetime achievements in research that have had significant impact on the field of anesthesiology.