The first research group was NRG (Neuromuscular research group) founded in 2002. New technologies were developed, a better insight into the mechanisms of neuromuscular transmission established. More work needs to be done, especially in the understanding how various aspects of anesthesia interact with neuromuscular transmission and blockade. NRG has an international recognition for developing new methods of neuromuscular monitoring.
PeriCARG (Perioperative Cardiac Research Group) is a different, more clinically oriented research group, founded in 2003 to advance research of perioperative care in cardiac surgery. The group?s scientific focus ranges from different ways to protect the heart during surgery to performing pioneering work, like the first conventional awake cardiac surgery in North America. Topics include clinical themes as well as fundamental questions. Members of PeriCARG have founded a clinical interest group, called CART (cardiac anesthesia and regional techniques), an international society to promote regional techniques in cardiac anesthesia. It fosters the Canadian headquarter of CART.
ITAG (Intelligent Technology in Anesthesia Group) was founded in 2004 and develops new devices for anesthesia and intensive care medicine, such as an automated anesthesia system using artificial intelligence.