Research Principles

Safety & Compliance

As with clinical care, safety is the #1 priority of the Department of Anesthesiology when it comes to research. First, we wish to minimize risk of harm to any patient or volunteer participating in our studies. Furthermore, all data gathered from patients or volunteers are treated with security and privacy in mind. Second, we wish to minimize risk of harm to any research personnel, especially in the laboratory setting. Third, we wish to minimize risk of harm or discomfort to animals involved in research studies. Finally, our goal is to be in full compliance with University policies regarding research, especially as they relate to safety issues.


Integrity is the foundation of research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan. Honesty and transparency in the collection, interpretation and dissemination of data is of utmost importance. There is zero tolerance for academic misconduct and we strive to educate our faculty and staff regarding the ethical issues involved in research. Such misconduct compromises trust in scientists and academic physicians, can disrupt scientific progress, and—most importantly—can negatively affect clinical care.

Creativity & Impact

The mission of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan is to conduct creative research of the highest quality and impact. We strive to address fundamental questions in the field of anesthesiology, as well as medicine and science in general. Our goal is to make lasting and substantial contributions to scientific understanding and clinical practice.

Inclusivity & Collegiality

At the University of Michigan we are interested not simply in what we accomplish, but how we accomplish it. Our goal is for positive interpersonal interactions in the conduct of research and we strive to treat all colleagues with the utmost respect. We invite inquiring individuals within and outside of our department to join our research endeavors. This spirit is manifested by the numerous multicenter collaborations and research networks that have been developed by our department and that span translational, observational, and prospective trial methodologies.