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  • Foundation Names 2014 Recipients,
    Awards Record Amount in Grant Funding

    James P. Borgstede, M.D.At their meeting this spring, the R&E Foundation Board of Trustees reaffirmed their commitment to Funding Radiology’s Future™ by approving $3.6 million in funding for 94 research and education grant awards. This represents a 25 percent funding rate and the highest amount ever awarded by the Foundation.

    “The R&E Foundation is pleased to support this year’s recipients. By funding these educators and investigators, the Foundation continues to advance RSNA’s mission to promote excellence in patient care and healthcare delivery through education, research and technologic innovation, and support and enhance the organized radiology community,” said James P. Borgstede, M.D., R&E Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman.

    Introducing the 2014 Innovators

    RadSim Anders Persson DHN Grant RecipientRadSim: Simulation Based Training Program for CT Protocol, Iterative Reconstruction and Dual Energy Applications

    “In radiology, simulation techniques have been assessed in interventional radiology and contrast media safety. We propose to develop, verify, and employ a novel educational simulation technology, RadSim, to document baseline understanding of CT scanning parameters, to undertake simulation based training exercise, and assess post-simulation knowledge assessment for radiology personnel in CT protocols, iterative reconstruction and dual energy CT applications. We strongly believe that RadSim will provide “real-life” scanning experience and training opportunity to its users to promote safe and efficient use of CT technology.”

    Anders Persson, M.D., Ph.D. Linköping University, Sweden
    Derek Harwood-Nash Education Scholar Grant

    James Spencer Clayton Ronald, M.D., Ph.D.Identification of Novel Angiogenesis Biomarkers Correlating with Tumor Response after Hepatic Arterial Embolization for Hepatocellular Carcinoma

    “We hypothesize that biomarkers showing sustained upregulation will represent the most clinically relevant therapeutic targets, and we will determine whether the magnitude of biomarker upregulation correlates with time to progression on follow up imaging.”

    James Spencer Clayton Ronald, M.D., Ph.D. Duke University Medical Center
    Cook Medical Cesare Gianturco / RSNA Research Resident Grant

    Kristin Kelly Porter, M.D., Ph.D.Application of 4D Phase Contrast MRI as a Noninvasive Measure of Treatment Response in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension

    “The long-term goals of this project are to use novel, noninvasive cardiac MRI techniques for detailed characterization of the altered hemodynamics in patients with pulmonary hypertension, particularly for following response to medical intervention. Tailoring effective, early intervention may delay or prevent the development of right heart dysfunction, improving prognosis.”

    Kristin Kelly Porter, M.D., Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University
    Siemens Healthcare / RSNA Research Fellow Grant

    Jesse Jones, M.D. and S. Thomas Carmichael, M.D., Ph.D.MRI Surveillance of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Stroke Using Gadolinium Nanoparticles

    “Traditional histological methods for assessing transplanted stem cell migration and survival are not feasible in humans. This problem of surveillance has hindered clinical trials, but may serve as an opportunity for imagers. The proposed project addresses the need for treatment monitoring in stroke with an innovative imaging approach using gadoliniumnanoparticles (Gd-NPs). The proposed study aims to position radiologists in a key role, assessing treatment response in stroke while also advancing stem cell medicine.”

    Jesse Jones, M.D. (left) and scientific advisor S. Thomas Carmichael, M.D., Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
    RSNA Research Resident Grant