The Anaesthetic Research Society (ARS) has over 700 members and is run by the Council which comprises eleven elected members including the President, the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer.
The ARS meetings welcome both members and non-members, sponsored by an existing member, to present oral (8 minutes duration) or poster communications describing original, unpublished research in anaesthesia or related disciplines. Presenters range from undergraduate and postgraduate students in medicine or biomedical sciences, to SpR anaesthetic trainees, consultants and academic scientists. There are two meetings per year (Summer and Winter) each over 2 days, which offer 8-10 CPD points for attendance. Everyone is welcome and these meetings provide the presenters with a friendly and interested audience capable of providing constructive feedback.
The first meeting of the ARS was held at the Research Department of Anaesthetics at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, on October 24th, 1958. The origins and early history of the society and details of the first meeting are recorded in this letter in the British Journal of Anaesthesia: BJA 1988; 61:639-41. The Society has evolved over recent years and now hosts the BJA Research Forums in partnership with the British Journal of Anaesthesia. The latest research and research proposals in Anaesthesia and its related specialities are presented and discussed. Recent BJA Reseach Forums have included themes such as BJA Scientific Symposia, Research Skills Workshops and themed meetings, such as Discovery Science & Experimental Medicine in Anaesthesia, Peri-op Medicine and Pain.
The ARS emblem is taken from the early use of Mandragora officinarum in anaesthetic practice.