SIR Foundation Announces First Interventional Radiology Outcomes Research Grant Collaboration With Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute Seeks Applicants

FAIRFAX, Va., May 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation—together with the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute—invites researchers to apply for an inaugural grant opportunity of up to $30,000 designed to support research evaluating the cost, cost effectiveness and quality outcomes of interventional radiology interventions and treatment approaches in comparison to other established and emerging treatments. The new funding will allow researchers to mount studies emphasizing observation and secondary data analyses that evaluate the use of image-guided, minimally invasive therapies and their relationship to patient care.

The Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation proactively fosters research priorities in the areas of clinical research, research policy and research education for interventional radiology, a specialty whose highly trained physicians provide minimally invasive, image-guided therapeutic interventions for a number of disease states. The Neiman Institute, established in 2012 by the American College of Radiology (ACR), conducts research into the role of radiology in new health care delivery and payment models—particularly quality-based approaches to radiologic care and the impact of medical imaging on overall health care costs.

"The SIR Foundation believes that strong, evidence-based research leads to improved patient care. SIR Foundation applauds ACR and the Neiman Institute for championing an effort to support researchers in interventional radiology who will work to provide firsthand, outcome-oriented results," said Stephen T. Kee, M.D., MMM, FSIR, chair of the SIR Foundation board of directors and associate professor and chief of interventional radiology at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Applicants for the Cost-Effectiveness and Quality Outcomes Research Grant should be full-time interventional radiology faculty and trainees with an M.D., D.O, Ph.D., or equivalent, at institutions within the United States and Canada. The application must be submitted electronically through the online application, and the deadline by which materials must be received is June 30. To learn more about complete guidelines and applications, contact the SIR Foundation Grants and Research Department by phone at (703) 460-5580 or by email at grants@SIRFoundation.org.

For more information about the Society of Interventional Radiology and SIR Foundation, visit www.SIRweb.org and www.SIRFoundation.org.

About the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation
SIR Foundation is a scientific foundation dedicated to fostering research and education in interventional radiology for the purposes of advancing scientific knowledge, increasing the number of skilled investigators in interventional radiology and developing innovative therapies that lead to improved patient care and quality of life. Visit SIR Foundation.org.

About the Society of Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiologists are physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted treatments. They offer the most in-depth knowledge of the least invasive treatments available coupled with diagnostic and clinical experience across all specialties. They use X-ray, MRI and other imaging to advance a catheter in the body, such as in an artery, to treat at the source of the disease internally. As the inventors of angioplasty and the catheter-delivered stent, which were first used in the legs to treat peripheral arterial disease, interventional radiologists pioneered minimally invasive modern medicine. Many conditions that once required surgery can be treated less invasively by interventional radiologists. Interventional radiology treatments offer less risk, less pain and less recovery time compared to open surgery. Visit www.SIRweb.org.

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