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Monday, December 02, 2013

Partnerships Key to R&E Foundation's Success

James P. Borgstede, M.D.

Partnerships with researchers, educators, donors and organizations enabled the RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation to fund a record-setting number of grants in 2013, according to the chair of the Foundation's Board of Trustees.

James P. Borgstede, M.D., a professor and vice-chair of the Department of Radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and chair of the R&E Foundation's Board of Trustees, outlined the Foundation's accomplishments Sunday at the Arie Crown Theater. In 2013, the Foundation funded 83 grants totaling over $3 million dollars, a testament to the importance of collaborators across the profession, Dr. Borgstede said.

"The work of the Foundation's grant recipients would be impossible without the supportive partnership of countless academic departments and their leaders," he said. "These leaders encourage investigators to apply for R&E funding and then generously yield protected time for their research."

The 2013 recipients are performing research that has important implications for patient care. Dr. Borgstede noted several examples among the 2013 grant recipients, including:

  • Michael Zeineh, M.D., Ph.D., from Stanford University. Dr. Zeineh is using advanced MRI techniques to quantify changes in the brains of football players. The study represents a collaboration with the R&E Foundation and the Foundation of the American Society of Neuroradiology.
  • Anna Zavodni, M.D., from the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre of the University of Toronto. Dr. Zavodni will investigate the use of CT myocardial tissue characterization in patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass grafting.
  • Education Scholar Grant Recipient Chun-Der Li, M.D., in cooperation with Tessa Cook, M.D., Ph.D., from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Li will develop a simulation program that allows radiology residents to develop strategies and skills to correctly interpret images in a distraction-filled environment. The study represents a collaboration of the R&E Foundation and the Association of University Radiologists Research & Education Foundation.

"I am so honored to be part of the R&E Foundation as we witness these outstanding projects evolve," Dr. Borgstede said.

Dr. Borgstede also praised the donors who made the grants possible, including:

  • Presidents Circle Member and Ruby Legacy Donor Phan Huyhn, M.D., of Houston. Dr. Huyhn will assume the chairmanship of the Foundation's Individual Giving Subcommittee this year.

  • Alessandro Furlan, M.D., a 2011 grant recipient now in his second year of practice. Dr. Furlan's donation will help fund future grant recipients and advance his chosen specialty.

  • Bronze Visionary Donor and Presidents Circle Member Byung Ihn Choi, M.D., Ph.D., of Korea, who symbolizes the increase in international support for the RSNA.

"Foundation donors understand so clearly that in this time of dwindling support from outside sources, that funding our specialty is falling squarely on our shoulders," Dr. Borgstede said.

Another key to the Foundation's success is found in emerging partnerships such as the Visionaries in Practice (VIP) Program that enables radiologists working in private practice and academic institutions the opportunity to offer annual support to the Foundation. Among the new VIP members are Radiology Associates of North Texas and Advanced Medical Imaging Consultants of Colorado.

The success of the R&E Foundation is in ample evidence at this year's annual meeting, Dr. Borgstede said.

"Whether a plenary session, refresher course, scientific session or education exhibit, this continuing commitment by R&E grant recipients is both steadfast and worthy of note," he said.

After thanking the Foundation's corporate friends and long-term industry partners, Dr. Borgstede encouraged attendees to visit the R&E Foundation Booth on Level 3 of Lakeside Center to learn more about the grant recipients, their innovative projects and the many available opportunities to support the R&E Foundation and the future of radiology.

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