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Perioperative Organ Protection 

Anesthesia & Analgesia thematic issue for October 2020

Surgical patients face a risk of perioperative organ injury even when a surgical procedure is performed for the appropriate indication and in a technically perfect manner. Stroke, myocardial infarction, acute respiratory distress syndrome, acute kidney injury, and acute gut injury are among the most common causes for morbidity and mortality in surgical patients. We believe that research to provide mechanistic insight into acute organ injury and to identify novel therapeutic approaches for the prevention or treatment of perioperative organ injury represents one of the most important opportunities to improve outcomes of anesthesia and surgery.

To facilitate discussion on this topic, Anesthesia & Analgesia calls for papers for a thematic issue on “Perioperative Organ Protection” to be guest edited by M. Hollmann, M.D. and A. Zarbock, M.D. We seek submissions of original research that discuss the pathogenesis of perioperative organ injury, discuss the basic and clinic science in areas related to this topic, or provide select examples for novel treatment concepts that have emerged over the past decade.

Authors should review the Journal’s current Instructions for Authors at, specifically for Original Clinical, Health Services, Educational, and Laboratory Research Reports.

The deadline for initial manuscript submission is March 1, 2020. Publication of the “Perioperative Organ Protection” thematic issue is planned for October 2020.

Interested authors can contact Dr. Markus Hollmann at or Dr. Alex Zarbock at for additional information or to discuss specific topic proposals for the “Perioperative Organ Protection” thematic issue.

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