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SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant2020-08-06T14:10:55-06:00

SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant

SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant Recipients


Clemens M. Ortner, M.D., M.S., DESA
Stanford School of Medicine

Research: Prevalence of Cardiac Dysfunction and its Association with Brain Natriuretic Peptide in Eclamptic Women


Neeti Sadana, M.D.
Tufts Medical Center & Tufts University School of Medicine

Research: The Impact of Initiation of a Labor Epidural Service at Leskovac General Hospital, Leskovac, Serbia, to Improve Pain Management in Vaginal Deliveries


Ivan A. Velickovic, M.D.
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

Research: The Effect of Adding Epinephrine and/or Morphine to Bupivacaine-Fentanyl for Single Shot Spinal Labor Analgesia


Emily E. Sharpe, M.D.
Mayo Clinic

Research: Serious Complications Related to Obstetric Anesthesia in Serbia and Bosnia


Dan Drzymalski, M.D.
Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Research: The Impact of a “No Pain Labor & Delivery” Team Visit on Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes in a Rural Chinese Hospital


Ivan Velickovic, M.D.
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

Research: Intrathecal Morphine Chloride (with sodium edetate) for Post Cesarean Section Analgesia


Ling Hu, M.D.
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL

Research: The Impact of Continuation of Neuraxial Analgesia during the Second Stage of Labor on Newborn and Maternal Safety in a Chinese Academic Medical Center.


David “Matt” Hatch, M.D.
Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Research: An analysis of obstetric anesthesia techniques for caesarian section at Ridge Regional Hospital in Ghana.


Onyi Onuoha, MD, MPH
Obstetric Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Research:  Does the addition of a new operating facility improve time from decision for cesarean section to incision at Ridge Regional Hospital, Accra Ghana?

Applications are no longer being accepted for 2020.
Please check back later this year for information about applying in 2021.

For any questions please contact SOAP via email soap@soap.org (please include “SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant” in the subject line).

Guidelines for applications:

The goal of this program is to provide funding needed to get involved with international outreach projects and encourage research in collaboration with host countries to enhance practice of obstetric anesthesia. The SOAP/Kybele International Outreach Grant will provide $5000 to cover travel and related expenses for two trips to a country where a Kybele or another outreach program targeting obstetric anesthesia is being conducted.

For information about current Kybele programs see http://www.kybeleworldwide.org/.

Specific requirements:

  1. The applicant must be a member of SOAP in good standing
  2. Submit a proposal for a research project – applicants may have a specific research project in mind, while others might not yet have a concrete plan, potential projects could cover a wide range of topics such as:
    • Clinical studies
    • Public health policy
    • Database formation
    • Improvement of infrastructure

The proposed research project should be delineated with the understanding that input from the host collaborative team will be a large part of the final iteration. Interested individuals should discuss potential research projects with team leaders before applying and specify the site of planned work.

  1. Time frame: The funding is to support two outreach trips to be conducted over two years
  2. An annual progress report must be submitted to the SOAP International Outreach Committee
  3. The applicant is required to submit work resulting from this grant for presentation at an annual SOAP meeting. Any publications or presentations resulting from this funding should contain the statement, “funded by the SOAP/ Kybele International Outreach Grant”.

Application documents:

Submit all documents to soap@soap.org (include “SOAP/ Kybele International Outreach Grant” in the subject line). Documents should be in 12-point font (Arial or Times Roman preferred) Microsoft Word format, with at least 0.75-inch margins).

  1. Letter from the Department Chair or Chair’s designee addressing the applicant’s suitability (i.e. ability to teach, adapt, be flexible, initiate and complete a research project) and confirming the department’s commitment to granting the time needed to fulfill the requirements of the grant
  2. Letter from the fellowship director (if applicable) highlighting the fellow’s suitability for the program
  3. Curriculum vitae
  4. 1 page highlighting previous experience (if any) and motivation for seeking the grant
  5. 1-3 page research project proposal, which should include:
    • Title
    • Specific aim(s)
    • Significance
    • Methods
    • Anticipated impact
    • Potential collaborators
    • Country/Site of proposed work
  6. Letters of support: A minimum of one which must address the applicant’s suitability for the program (i.e. ability to teach, adapt, be flexible, initiate and complete a research project). Ideally this letter should come from a leader within the outreach program speaking to the suitability of this project as it aligns with their program.
  7. Budget: Please specify expected costs for travel and accommodations.


  1. Funds will be disbursed on an annual basis after submission of receipts.
  2. The application and accompanying letters should be sent via email as Word attachments by March 27, 2020. Supporting letters must be sent directly via e-mail (soap@soap.org) from the letter writers (not the applicant).
  3. Members of the SOAP IOC committee will evaluate applications and it is anticipated that a decision will be made at the SOAP Annual Meeting in May 2020

Submit application materials to:

By Email:

soap@soap.org (please include “SOAP/ Kybele International Outreach Grant” in the subject line)

By Mail:
Attn: SOAP/ Kybele International Outreach Grant
Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology
6737 W. Washington St., Suite 4210
Milwaukee, WI 53214

Please contact SOAP with questions at:

soap@soap.org (please include “SOAP/ Kybele International Outreach Grant” in the subject line)