Daily Bulletin 2017

R&E Foundation Continues to Fuel Innovation in Radiology

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

The RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation provided $4 million to researchers at 50 different institutions this year, and that funding is fueling innovation in radiology, according to R&E Foundation Chairman N. Reed Dunnick, MD, who delivered the Report of the RSNA R&E Foundation on Sunday.

"As radiologists we must maintain the intellectual leadership in imaging and image-guided therapies and earn the respect of the medical community," Dr. Dunnick said. "Funding research performed by radiologists is critical for our continued success and the most important way we can support the future of our field."



Dr. Dunnick pointed to four R&E grant recipients who figure prominently at RSNA 2017. Richard Ehman, MD, who delivered the RSNA President's Address earlier in the day, received an early-career R&E Research Scholar Grant to investigate novel MRI technology, which led to additional funding through the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ehman now holds more than 70 patents.

Daphne Haas-Kogan, MD, who will present the Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology this week, also received a Research Scholar Grant. She is a leading authority on pediatric brain tumors and was recently appointed to the Blue Ribbon Panel that will advise the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.

An R&E Research Grant recipient, Jonathan Kruskal, MD, PhD, is a leader in quality improvement and is slated to present the 2017 RSNA Annual Oration in Diagnostic Radiology. And Mitchell Schnall, MD, PhD, who received a Research Scholar Grant in 1992, was awarded the 2017 Outstanding Researcher Award on Sunday for his work in translational biomedical imaging. Since that first grant, Dr. Schnall has secured $125 million in additional research funding from national and private sources, and now leads the Department of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

"I have seen first-hand the power of an early career grant to develop leaders in research and education," Dr. Dunnick said, mentioning that more than 250 other past and current R&E grant recipients will present research during this annual meeting. "We must help more investigators become successful imaging scientists in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology and radiation oncology," he added.

Dr. Dunnick thanked the community of radiologists, practice groups and corporations that has come together to invest in the future of radiology, noting the Inspire-Innovate-Invest Campaign – with a goal of raising $17.5 million – will come to a close at the end of the year.

"Your donation is the seed of future growth," he said. He explained that Foundation grant recipients report receiving an additional $50 in subsequent funding from other sources for every dollar they received from the Foundation.

"Consider for a moment the significance of such a return on investment, and the long-term growth of a gift made today," he concluded. Dr. Dunnick invited audience members to visit the R&E Foundation booth in the Connections Center to learn how they can contribute and help the Campaign finish strong.

Tip of the day:

Increasing the SID for upright radiographic exposures from 40" to 72" improves image quality through reduced focal spot blur and reduces patient dose.

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