16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists

28 August - 2 September 2016
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Britta Sylvia Von Ungern-Sternberg

Affiliation: Anaesthesia and Pain Management Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, Australia; Anaesthesia and Pain Management The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia

Award / titles received: In 2010, Britta was appointed the first Chair of Paediatric Anaesthesia at the University of Western Australia, which at the same time was also the first of its kind in Australasia. In 2013, Prof von Ungern-Sternberg was awarded the Douglas Joseph Professorship of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Statement of expertise for the sub-committee: Britta's main research focus lies on outcome research, the impact of anaesthesia management on lung function, respiratory complications, the difficult airway and airway devices as well as the impact of anaesthesia in early life on neurodevelopment. During her anaesthesia training, she performed her studies first in adults and then later, once sub-specialising in paediatric anaesthesia, in children. This is reflected in her extensive publication list inspite of three recent maternity leave breaks (well over 100 articles, mainly as first or senior author, 3 book chapter, author in UpToDate).

Biography: Britta gained her medical degree from the University of Freiburg/Germany along with her Doctor of Medicine (MD). She gained her PhD from the University of Szeged/Hungary with supervisors from Australia, Switzerland and Hungary (Prof. Sly, Prof Habre, Prof Hantos). Since 2007, Britta is a Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth. In 2010, she was appointed the first Chair of Paediatric Anaesthesia at the University of Western Australia, which at the same time was also the first of its kind in Australasia. She works within an extensive interdisciplinary network of national and international collaborations. She has built up her own research group following her appointment as Chair of Paediatric Anaesthesia which is a very active group working within a tight interdisciplinary network including medical and nursing staff, respiratory physiologists, respiratory physicians, biomedical engineers, pharmacists, pharmacologists, psychiatrists and other scientists. In 2013, Prof von Ungern-Sternberg was awarded the Douglas Joseph Professorship of Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. She is a member of the Research Committees of both the Society of Paediatric Anaesthesia for New Zealand and Australia and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists as well as a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists Clinical Trials Network Executive. In the last five years, Prof von Ungern-Sternberg has received over $3.6 million in total research funding from numerous sources including NHMRC, ANZCA, SPANZA and Smart Tots. Prof von Ungern-Sternberg has well over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 3 book chapters and is an author of UpToDate. She is a Section Editor for Pediatric Anesthesia and a regular reviewer for 14 international peer review journals in Anaesthesia, Respiratory Medicine, Paediatrics and Critical Care.

Disclosure of Interest: None declared

 


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