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JVIR, SIR Foundation spotlight studies advancing vascular treatment

Awards given during Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Washington

WASHINGTON (March 7, 2017)—The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR)—the Society of Interventional Radiology’s peer-reviewed scientific journal—presented the 2016 JVIR Editor’s Best awards during the March 7 general session of the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting, March 4–9 in Washington, D.C. The annual awards, supported by SIR Foundation, are made after a comprehensive review of all papers submitted to JVIR during the prior year.

2016 JVIR EDITOR’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CLINICAL RESEARCH PAPER

Raghuram "Ram" Posham, MPA, a fourth-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, was honored with the award for outstanding clinical research paper for “Transradial Approach for Noncoronary Interventions: A Single-Center Review of Safety and Feasibility in the First 1,500 Cases.”

In citing why this paper stood out JVIR Editor-in-chief Ziv J Haskal, M.D., FSIR, noted, “Numbers matter—especially when reporting validating new clinical research and techniques—and this paper reported the results of transradial approaches in a remarkable cohort of 1,500 patients. While this approach is common in cardiac interventions, it has not been widely used in other interventional radiology treatments. In this paper, Mr. Posham, Dr. Fischman and their colleagues have quantified the clear safety and ability to accomplish the span of IR procedures using a wrist approach, firmly emplacing it in IR routine.”

“The paper has driven broad adoption in the specialty, training programs, workshops, tools and reconfiguration of hospital recovery areas,” Haskal added. “This is good for IR patients worldwide, allowing them to return to their daily activities quickly, with minimal discomfort and risk.”

2016 JVIR EDITOR’S AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LABORATORY INVESTIGATION

Pauline Lequoy, MSc, of the CHUM Research Center in Montreal, was honored with the award for outstanding laboratory investigation for “In Vitro and Pilot In Vivo Evaluation of a Bioactive Coating for Stent Grafts Based on Chondroitin Sulfate and Epidermal Growth Factor.”

Haskal, a professor with the department of radiology and medical imaging at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, said, “The majority of abdominal aortic aneurysms are routinely repaired using endovascular means; however, the therapy requires lifelong imaging to monitor for continued aneurysm perfusion, late device malfunctions or other risks of rupture, which could result in more invasive procedures. In this methodical, multi-stage research, Ms. Lequoy, Dr. Lerouge and their partners reported the ability of a bioactive coating and epidermal growth factors to attach to common stent-graft materials, suggesting a path to enhance graft incorporation and healing—potentially reducing late aneurysm risks in patients.”

“This research clearly demonstrates how interventional radiologists are constantly innovating to achieve better patient outcomes,” Haskal said.

Haskal also recognized the authors of an additional 10 clinical and six laboratory papers for their contributions.

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2016 JVIR Editor’s Award for Outstanding Clinical Research Paper:

“Transradial Approach for Noncoronary Interventions: A Single-Center Review of Safety and Feasibility in the First 1,500 Cases.” Posham R, Biederman DM, Patel RS, Kim E, Tabori NE, Nowakowski FS, Lookstein RA, Fischman AM. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2016, 27:159–166

2016 JVIR Editor’s Award for Outstanding Laboratory Paper:

“In Vitro and Pilot In Vivo Evaluation of a Bioactive Coating for Stent Grafts Based on Chondroitin Sulfate and Epidermal Growth Factor.” Lequoy P, Savoji H, Saoudi B, Bertrand-Grenier A, Wertheimer MR, Crescenzo G, Soulez G, Lerouge S. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2016, 27:753–760.

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