A huge Thank You to our 2021 President Tracy Ziegelhofer!  Last year was again a challenging year with the uncertainty of life during a global pandemic and Tracy took the reins and jumped right in to demonstrate her wonderful creativity, leadership and knowledge. I continue to learn from her experience as Past President and she is proving to be a good resource for me. Tracy continued to keep the Academy functional, strong and on track our second year of the virtual meeting platform and we had another successful meeting due to her hard work and attention to detail. Tracy is continuing to captain the Abstract Submission, review and approval process and her efforts and hard work benefit the academy and the outstanding programs we are able to provide every year. Thank you Tracy! You have proven to be a strong, positive and ideal President and colleague. Thank you for your dedication to the continued success of the Academy.   —  Leslie Stoll – ASR President 2022

Tracy Ziegelhofer

Overview

Founded in 1982, the Academy of Surgical Research promotes the advancement of professional and academic standards, education and research in the arts and sciences of experimental surgery. The Academy interfaces with medical and scientific organizations, and governmental agencies in establishing and reviewing ethics, theories, practices and research pertaining to surgery and promotion of the results for clinical application.

Mission

The Academy of Surgical Research fosters interdisciplinary transfer of ideas and theories by offering a common platform through which the reporting of valid surgical research efforts is a reality.

The Academy of Surgical Research was founded to:

  • Encourage, foster, promote, and advance professional and academic standards, education, research, and development in the arts and sciences of experimental surgery.
  • Promote, initiate, support, and accomplish academic and practical educational programs, cooperative research, and development in experimental surgery in the public interest.
  • Promote humane use and treatment of experimental animals and prevent their use when other means can bring about the same scientific results.
  • Cooperate with medical organizations, other scientific organizations, government agencies, and other interested parties in establishing, reviewing, and evaluating ethics, theories, practices, and research pertaining to surgical research and promotion of the product of surgical research for clinical application.
  • Encourage the advancement of the field of surgery in all aspects, including research, education, and critical promotion of research products for clinical applications.

Bylaws

The ASR is a corporation registered in the State of Minnesota, USA. The principal office may be located inside or outside the state of Minnesota. The ASR may have such other offices, either within or without the State of Minnesota, as the Board of Directors may determine necessary or desirable. The ASR shall have and continuously maintain in the State of Minnesota, a registered office and a registered agent. The registered office and the registered agent may be changed from time to time by the Board of Directors.
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Board of Directors

Heather Burkart
Heather BurkartPresident
DVM, BS
Steve Kreuser
Steve KreuserPresident-Elect / Strategic Planning Committee
SRS, SRA
 Jose Negron-Garcia
Jose Negron-GarciaLiaison Officer
SRS
Jan Bernal
Jan BernalSecretary / Treasurer / Veterinary Oversight Committee
DVM
Leslie Stoll
Leslie StollImmediate Past President / Communications Committee / Nominating Committee
SRS, AS, LATG, LVT
Jen Sweet
Jen SweetDirector at Large (2020-2023)
SRS, BS, LATG
Amy Martunas
Amy MartunasDirector at Large (2020- 2023)
SRA, SRT, CVT, RLATG
Michael Horsmon
Michael HorsmonDirector at Large (2021- 2024)
SRS
Darcy Gagne
Darcy GagneDirector at Large (2021- 2024) / Program Committee
SRS, LATG, CVT, BS, ScM
Gayle Nugent
Gayle NugentDirector at Large (2022-2025)
SRS, LATG
Kathryn Nichols
Kathryn NicholsDirector at Large (2022-2025) / Membership Committee
SRS, MS
Jon Ehrmann
Jon Ehrmann By-laws Committee
SRS, SRA, LATG, BS
Lisa Johnson
Lisa JohnsonCertification Committee
SRS, RLATG, BA
Susan Fleming
Susan FlemingExhibitors Committee
Melanie Graham
Melanie GrahamJournal Liaison
MPH, PhD

Staff

Jim Manke
Jim MankeExecutive Vice President
Kathi Schlieff
Kathi SchlieffClient Services Manager

Continuing Education

Course & Certifications

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Mentorship Program

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Academy of Surgical Research Education Foundation

The mission of the ASR Education Foundation shall be to advance the profession of surgical research through supported educational activities. Continuing education awards shall be made in a non-discriminatory basis to selected individuals working in the surgical research field.

Founding Members

Association Solutions, Inc.

Colonial Medical Supply

Data Sciences International

Kent Scientific Corporation

Jan Bernal

John Cody Resendez

Lomir Biomedical

MPI Research

Paul & Erlinda Kirkman

Primate Products

Randy Pielemeier

WIL Research

Grants & Scholarships

Foundation Grant

The Foundation Grant is available to current Academy members. The recipient is awarded a one year ASR Annual Dues and/or ASR Annual Meeting Registration. The number of award recipients per year is dependent on available funds, the number of applicants, and is at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

Submission deadline for ASR Annual Dues is December 31st and June 30th for the Annual Meeting Registration Fee. The committee will announce grant award recipient(s) no later than January 15th and July 15 th of each year.

  1. Complete the application located here.
  2. Include a letter of recommendation from your manager or supervisor. This letter should detail your experience in surgical research, and any other information which would support your application for support from the Academy’s Foundation.
  3. Grant decisions will be based on flexible criteria to include: Academy membership, grant application content, relevance of the applicant’s profession to the Foundation’s mission, personal motivation and financial need. Individuals in the early stages of their career who are active Academy members will be given preferential consideration.
  4. If you are chosen for a grant, you may need to pay initially and then be reimbursed for the amount of the grant awarded.

Ken MacLeod Memorial Scholarship

The Ken MacLeod Memorial Scholarship is open to both Academy members and non-members.  Up to two scholarships are awarded annually to be used in support of sitting for one of the ASR certification exams.

Submission deadline is June 30th for the ASR Certification Exam Fee. The committee will announce scholarship award recipient(s) no later than July 15th of each year.

  1. Complete the application located here.
  2. Include a letter of recommendation from your manager or supervisor. This letter should detail your experience in surgical research, and any other information which would support your application for support from the Ken MacLeod Memorial Scholarship.
  3. Scholarship decisions will be based on flexible criteria to include: scholarship application content, relevance of the applicant’s profession to the scholarship mission, personal motivation and financial need.
  4. If you are chosen for a scholarship, you may need to pay initially and then be reimbursed for the amount of the scholarship awarded.

Foundation Grant

2017: Ashleigh Bone, SRS, RLATg, MLAS, BA
2016 (First Year): Stacy Ly, SRS, RLATG

Ken MacLeod Memorial Scholarship

2017: N/A
2016 (First Year): Nina C. Bishop, B.S., RLATG

Corporate Partner Program

The Corporate Partner Program is a way for companies in the surgical research world to show their support and leadership in maintaining the highest levels of surgical research.

From a practical standpoint, participation in the program gives Corporate Partners access to ASR members and their expertise, specifically working with various surgical research tools and technologies in a variety of animal models.  Being an ASR Corporate Partner shows your dedication to being a leader in the surgical research field.

Learn more about the ASR Corporate Partner Program
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