The SIR Foundation hosts a robust portfolio of grant programs dedicated to interventional radiology research. The 2015 application cycle is now open. Click here for eligibility requirements and application details.
It takes a certain kind of vision to see a better future, which is why SIR Foundation is proud to work on behalf of interventional radiologists and those who support them. Together, we encourage promising researchers and leaders like you who see the possibilities of IR. The SIR Foundation Gala Committee is excited to announce that tickets and tables are now available for the 2015 Gala. Join hundreds of your colleagues, industry supporters and friends on Sunday, March 1, at the Georgia Aquarium. Experience more than 60 breathtaking exhibits, dine on delicacies by the Wolfgang Puck company next to beluga whales, and bid on an exceptional silent auction, all while advancing the future of IR. For more information and assistance coordinating a table, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 460-5598. Purchase your tickets or table today for this highly anticipated event at sirfoundation.org/gala.
SIR Foundation works tirelessly to advance IR. Volunteers and leadership recently submitted new IR performance measures for CMS's consideration. Standardized reports and a national IR quality registry continue to gain momentum. Young investigators continue to seek out foundation resources in growing numbers. We are pleased to share details about these efforts and more in this issue of the Chair’s Update. Read it today! Please consider supporting these efforts by making a tax-deductible donation before 2014 comes to a close.
SIR Foundation funds 8 new grant recipients in 2014
SIR encourages members to learn more about the TEVAR Aortic Dissection Project from the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO), in collaboration with the FDA, Gore and Medtronic. This is a new quality improvement project to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of TEVAR devices used to treat descending aortic dissection. Learn more...
SIR Foundation Congratulates Erik Velez on being named the recipient of the 2014-2015 HHMI-SIR Foundation Medical Research Fellow! A current medical student at the University of California, Erik will spend the next year in the lab of Dr. Muneeb Ahmed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School studying secondary local and systemic effects of image-guided microwave thermal ablation on tissue and tumor biology. Click here to learn more about Erik’s upcoming research.
Launched last Fall, the Pioneer Circle, a new annual fund effort, has raised more than $160,000 for IR research and education. Will you help us continue this progress by becoming a Pioneer Circle member? See the Summer issue of the Chair’s Update to hear what your colleagues have to say about being a founding donor.
AHRQ has developed grant programs focused specifically on comparative effectiveness research, providing training for individuals conducting research related to Health Communication, Decision Making, and Evidence Dissemination in PCOR. For more information click here
The SIR Foundation is pleased to announce the results of its Discovery
Campaign. Launched initially in 2007 with a SIR membership phase, the
Discovery Campaign is a major fundraising initiative designed to ensure
that minimally invasive medicine continues to grow and move into new
areas of discovery. The Foundation thanks hundreds of SIR members
and industry captains who included the Foundation in their giving and
contributed more than $6 million to the Foundation's mission of
advancing IR through research and education.
The Discovery Campaign and its donors have succeeded in raising sustaining funds that will support several goals key to advancing the specialty:
Did you know that the SIR Foundation does not receive funding from SIR
member dues? It relies on donations from members and the public to
ensure SIR Foundation is the premier source of research funding, data
collection, outcomes, and education for IRs. Annual fund donors provide
the financial backbone for operation of the Foundation and enable us to
respond to new ideas and programs that advance IR through research and
invest in your specialty's progress by making your annual fund donation
Members who have an interest in carotid interventions have an opportunity to submit a proposal for academic research leading to an abstract or manuscript. The National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Carotid Artery Revascularization and Endarterectomy Registry (CARE) program collects patient, provider and facility characteristics; device and lesion characteristics; adverse event rates, including 30 day follow-up and many more measures. Applicants can request funding from NCDR to perform and pay for all data analysis and statistical work. For more information about the CARE registry and to download a research proposal application
Read more about the CARE registry; a research proposal application may be downloaded here as well.
In 2004, SIR Foundation's Cooperative Alliance for Interventional Radiology Research (CAIRR) convened a research consensus panel (RCP) in order to discuss and establish a research agenda for endovascular venous thromboembolism (VTE) interventions. The expert panel proposed that the most needed research in VTE was an acute DVT trial. This trial will compare the best medical therapy with the current best interventional clot removal method. The meeting proceedings were published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology in 2005.
The SIR Foundation began working with Suresh Vedantham, M.D., from the Washington University School of Medicine in 2006 to develop the federal application for the ATTRACT trial. An NIH R01 application was submitted to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in June 2007. The ATTRACT trial subsequently received $10.2 million in funding. SIR Foundation serves as a collaborating institution on the ATTRACT trial.