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JVIR, SIR Foundation spotlight treatments for end-stage renal disease and diabetes

Awards to study investigators given during Society of Interventional Radiology’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS (March 26, 2019)—The Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR)—the Society of Interventional Radiology’s peer-reviewed scientific journal—presented the 2018 JVIR Editor’s Best awards during the March 26 general session of the SIR Annual Scientific Meeting, March 23–28 in Austin, Texas. The annual awards, supported by SIR Foundation, were decided after a comprehensive review of all papers submitted to JVIR during the prior year.


Jeffrey H. Hull, M.D., of the Richmond Vascular Center in Richmond, Virginia, was honored with the award for outstanding clinical research paper for “The Pivotal Multicenter Trial of Ultrasound-guided Percutaneous Arteriovenous Fistula Creation for Hemodialysis Access.”

In citing why this paper stood out, JVIR Editor-in-chief Ziv J Haskal, M.D., FSIR, noted, “The U.S. and worldwide population of patients with end-stage renal disease continues to grow. Functioning sustainable native fistula access remains a primary goal. This pivotal trial demonstrated safety and efficacy of the second endovascular method for creating durable fistulae in patients by purely catheter-based means.”

“These approaches may bring new, non-surgical access options to far larger patient populations,” Haskal added.


Tao Pan, Ph.D., of Zhongda Hospital in Nanjing City, China, was honored with the award for outstanding laboratory investigation for “Effects of Multi-electrode Renal Denervation on Insulin Sensitivity and Glucose Metabolism in a Canine Model of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.”

“This carefully controlled experiment demonstrated the ability to improve glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity in Type 2 diabetic canines using renal denervation,” Haskal said.

Noting the importance of this research, Haskal added, “Reducing sympathetic nerve activity from this multi-electrode approach further adds to the exciting research suggesting that diabetes may be mitigated and sugar metabolism improved in a reproducible fashion by controlling nervous system signaling.”

Haskal, a professor with the department of radiology and medical imaging at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, also recognized the authors of an additional 10 clinical and five laboratory papers for their contributions.

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About the Society of Interventional Radiology

The Society of Interventional Radiology is a nonprofit, professional medical society representing more than 8,000 practicing interventional radiology physicians, trainees, students, scientists and clinical associates, dedicated to improving patient care through the limitless potential of image-guided therapies. SIR’s members work in a variety of settings and at different professional levels—from medical students and residents to university faculty and private practice physicians. Visit The Society of Interventional Radiology is holding its Annual Scientific Meeting March 23–28, 2019 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Visit

About SIR 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