Research in Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care at Imperial


Research in Anaesthesia, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care at Imperial School

Why do research?

  • Research is an integral part of the training pathway as set out by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
  • The emphasis on academic pursuits is being continually reinforced and its importance increasingly recognised by trainers as a vital part of our spiral learning experience.

  • It is essential to maintain the status of anaesthesia as a highly regarded speciality, and our international reputation for excellence in training, that high quality research is undertaken.
  • Develop a new set of project management, practical and troubleshooting skills
  • Deepen understanding of research methodology and then you can understand papers better
  • Higher degree is indisputably a great addition to any CV

Where do I start?

  • Think about the reasons for doing research and decide if its for you (NB committing to a project for the wrong reasons can be miserable and detrimental for all involved
  • Consider carefully if you think you’re better suited to a purely clinical, basic science or something in between/combination project
  • Think about how you will fit it in to your training – do you want to do it in your spare time or take 6, 12, 24 or even 36 months out of training (e.g. OOPR).
  • Think about what funding you might need; salary, consumables, travel budget, degree fee
  • Arrange a meeting with potential supervisors to discuss prospective projects, ethics and funding
  • Speak to as many current research fellows in your preferred area as possible to be sure you’ll fit in
  • If you hit a brick wall with all of the above contact us on the details below…

Research at Imperial College

Imperial School of Anaesthesia is proud to be linked to the Section of Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine and Intensive Care (APMIC) at Imperial College.

The section is lead by Prof Masao Takata, the Magill Chair of Anaesthesia, at Chelsea and Westminster hospital. It brings together clinical and basic scientists with a wide range of research interests and an emphasis on producing high-quality, high impact basic and translational research.

The section’s strengths are derived from the wide range of members; from basic scientists, immunologists and physiologists, BSc, MSc and PhD students to clinical academic foundation trainees, academic clinical fellows (ACFs), clinical lecturers and consultant anaesthetists, intensivists and pain doctors.

The Section is mainly located at the Chelsea & Westminster (C&W) Campus but also has shared labs at South Kensington (SK), Harefield (HF), and Charing Cross (CX) campuses.

CLICK HERE to find out more via our website

Members of Academic Staff

Prof Masao Takata 
Magill Professor in Anaesthetics and Head of Section, Critical Care Research (C&W)

Prof Andrew Rice 
Professor in Pain Research, Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust, Pain Research (C&W)

Dr Nandor Marczin
Clinical Senior Lecturer, Honorary Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust, Anaesthesia Research (HF)

Dr Anthony Gordon
Clinical Senior Lecturer, Honorary Consultant in Critical Care Medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Critical Care Research (CX)

Dr Brijesh Patel
NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer (C&W)

Dr Istvan Nagy
Senior Lecturer, Pain Research (C&W)    

Dr Daqing Ma
Senior Lecturer, Anaesthesia Research (C&W)

Dr Michael Wilson

Senior Lecturer, Critical Care Research (C&W)

Dr Robert Dickinson
Lecturer, Anaesthesia Research (SK)           

Dr Kieran O’Dea
Senior Research Fellow, Critical Care Research (C&W)

Research Interests

Critical Care Research

  • Inflammatory mechanisms of acute lung injury
  • Leukocyte-endothelial interactions in organ injury
  • Organ protection
  • Innate immune system functions in perioperative, critical care and trauma patients
  • Metabolic/molecular phenotyping and biomarkers
  • Clinical trials in sepsis

Anaesthesia and Neuroscience Research

  • Molecular basis of anaesthesims
  • Neurotoxicty/neuroprotection by anaesthetic agents
  • Anaesthetics and cancer
  • Organ injury in cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation
  • Postoperative cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Metabolic diseases and brain function

Pain Research

  • Mechanisms and treatment of neuropathic pain
  • Inflammatory pain and neuronal processing
  • Mechanisms and treatments of headache disorders

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PLAN (Pan London Perioperative Audit and Research Network)

If you are interested in learning about the research process, get involved in the Pan London Perioperative Audit and Research Network (PLAN) . The network is run by trainees for trainees and offers the opportunity for clinical trainees to run Pan London projects. There is a biannual call for project proposals - if you have a project that has worked well in your hospital, why not apply to run it across London?’

Contact Details

Please contact us if you are interested in:

 Dr Harriet Wordsworth (Academic trainee representative) for general inquiries

Dr Seth Galton (Academic F2 coordinator) for foundation inquires
Email:  or see website

Dr Anthony Gordon (ICM and Anaesthetic ACF Training Programme Director) for interest in ICM ACF posts

Honorary Clinical Staff

For honorary clinical members of section Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine & Intensive Care also involved in research contact:

Trainees undertaking research

When returning to work following a period of research, please consider using the Imperial School of Anaesthesia Return to Work form if you have had time away from clinical practice.

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