Pathways: The Anesthesia Issue

A magazine cover showing two mushroom-like structures with their wide ends facing each other and small particles between them. Text reads What is this? And what does it have to do with controlling how you feel pain? (Find out inside!). Cover of Pathways student magazine.

NIGMS and Scholastic bring you Pathways: The Anesthesia Issue, which explores pain and the science behind anesthesia—the medical treatment that prevents patients from feeling pain during surgery and other procedures. Without anesthesia, many life-saving medical procedures would be impossible.

Pathways, designed for students in grades 6 through 12, aims to build awareness of basic biomedical science and its importance to health, while inspiring careers in research. All materials in the collection are available online and are free for parents, educators, and students nationwide.

The new issue covers topics such as:
  • Types of anesthesia
  • Anesthesia’s effects on the brain
  • Questions about pain and consciousness that scientists are investigating
  • NIGMS-supported researchers who study anesthesia

Featured in This Issue:

Emery Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Kristin Schreiber, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Associate Vice Chair of Anesthesiology Research at Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Margaret Sedensky, M.D., Professor at the University of Washington and Researcher at Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Susana Vacas, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles

Jing Wang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Pain Research at New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Pathways is distributed to teachers as a special insert in Scholastic’s Science World and Junior Scholastic magazines. In addition, anyone can download the current and previous issues for free on the Pathways website. Materials include student magazines, teaching guides, videos, and interactives. Free print copies of the first five issues are available for order, and print copies of the current issue will be available soon.

Tell us on social media how you’re sharing Pathways with your students by using the hashtag #NIGMSPathways!