School of Medicine

Research in the Department of Anaesthesiology

As a department we have a diverse research programme. Research conducted in the department ranges from the clinical assessment of novel drugs, through to the use of simulation as a tool for analysing error in anaesthesia. Staff involved in research include clinicians, scientists, research coordinators and postgraduate students.

Research group

Some of our research interests / projects:

  • Airway management
  • Burns anaesthesia
  • Clinical value of novel drugs within cardiac surgery (notably bivalirudin as an alternative to heparin for cardiopulmonary bypass and clevidipine as an alternative to nitroglycerine for blood pressure control during cardiac surgery)
  • Cognitive impairment in elderly patients following anaesthesia and surgery
  • EEG and sleep modelling
  • Emergence delirium
  • Emergency surgical airways
  • Human factors
  • Improvement of neuro-cognitive outcome after cardiac surgery
  • Incident monitoring within anaesthesia
  • Intra-operative hypothermia
  • Mechanisms of anaesthesia
  • Medical education in anaesthesiology
  • Microbial and particulate contamination of IV drugs during their administration in anaesthesia
  • Novel ketamine analogues
  • Outcomes research in elderly patients
  • Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of analgesic drugs in children and neonates
  • Prevention of drug administration error in anaesthesia and simulation as a tool for error research
  • Sleep disorders in the New Zealand blind population
  • Teamwork in perioperative teams and effect on patient outcomes
  • The circadian variation of anaesthetic drug action
  • The clinical implications of fatigue and circadian disruption to clinicians and patients
  • The implications of automated record keeping within anaesthesia
  • WHO Safe Surgical Checklist

To find out more about any particular research interest, please contact: