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SOAP Gertie Marx Education and Research Grant

SOAP has decided not to fund a SOAP Gertie Marx Education and Research Grant for 2018.  We remain strongly committed to fulfilling the mission of facilitating important research and supporting research careers in obstetric anesthesia. We will continue to fund the SOAP Young Investigator Grant ( Our strategic vision for research support is to develop a multi-center network for collaborative research, allowing SOAP to support larger studies of important questions in obstetric anesthesia. Plans for developing the structure and functioning of such a network are in development.

SOAP Gertie Marx Education and Research Grant Recipients

From 2011-2017, the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology offered the SOAP/Gertie Marx Education and Research Grant.  The goal of this program was to provide initial funding for projects and investigators with the intention that the results of these projects would form the basis of subsequent grant applications to other society, foundation (e.g., IARS, FAER) or federal sources.  This award was not intended to supplement ongoing projects or to provide additional funding to partially funded projects. 

The SOAP/Gertie Marx Education and Research Grant provided a maximum of $100,000 over two years to support research in obstetric anesthesia or a closely related area.  Applications for fundable projects included research in basic physiology, clinical practice, or teaching/training methods.

Please see below for the recipients of the SOAP/Gertie Marx Education and Research Grant. 

  "Optimizing contractility in human myometrium using a combination of uterotonic agents: An in-vitro approach to improving treatment options for primary post-partum hemorrhage”

Mrinalini Balki, M.B., B.S., M.D., University of Toronto

"Mechanisms of progesterone mediated effects on cytokine induced matrix metalloproteinase 9 activity in human trophoblast cells.”

Terrence K. Allen, M.B.,B.S., M.H.S., FRCA, Duke University

"The Genetic Predisposition to Cardiovascular Disease and the Risk of Preeclampsia”

Brian T. Bateman, M.D., M.Sc., Brigham and Women's Hospital and Richa Saxena, Ph.D., Harvard University Medical School

"Newborn Anatomic and Functional Consequences of a Rat Model of Non-infectious Maternal Inflammatory Fever."

Carlo Pancaro, M.D., Tufts Medical Center

“Development of a Serious Game (SG) to Teach and Evaluate Novice Anesthesia Residents (CA1) to Perform General Anesthesia for Emergency Cesarean Delivery – a Randomized Controlled Trial to evaluate SG as an Educational Tool and Compare SG with High-Fidelity Patient Simulation (HFPS) as an Assessment Tool”

Allison Lee, M.D., Columbia University

"Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening in Pregnant Women with Chronic Hypertension”

Jennifer E. Dominguez, M.D., M.H.S., Duke University