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SIR Foundation Chair’s Report: News from across the Foundation

The Foundation’s work is never done, not as more young investigators, students and patients turn to IR to answer today’s and tomorrow’s medical problems. We provide the footing for the innovative treatments delivered through image-guided techniques. This special edition of the Summer Chairs Update includes an extensive insert with Pioneer Circle acknowledgements and an announcement about a new named fund. Learn more …

Remembering George Fueredi, M.D., FSIR

SIR notes passing of long-time member, health policy/economics advocate George A. Fueredi, M.D., FSIR. As a tribute to Dr. Fueredi, a fund in his name has been established by friends and SIR colleagues that will allow donations to be made to SIR Foundation in recognition of his many outstanding contributions. Read the obituary, SIR’s letter of condolence.

Annual Fund Donations Essential to Success of a Growing Mission

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On behalf of its steering committee, Principal Investigator Suresh Vedantham is pleased to announce that the NIH-sponsored Acute Venous Thrombosis: Thrombus Removal with Adjunctive Catheter-Directed Thrombolysis (ATTRACT) Study has completed accrual of its originally planned cohort of 692 patients. ATTRACT, which enrolled patients in 56 hospitals, will determine if the use of pharmacomechanical catheter-directed thrombolysis in patients with acute proximal deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevents the post-thrombotic syndrome and improves quality of life.

Learn more about the history of the ATTRACT trial.

SIR Foundation Pioneer Circle continues to grow

The Pioneer Circle has raised more than $160,000 for IR research and education. Will you help us continue this progress by becoming a Pioneer Circle member?

A Special Thanks to Generous SIR Foundation Discovery Campaign Donors

While the Discovery Campaign concluded in 2013, we continue to be grateful to the hundreds of SIR members and industry captains who included us in their giving. Together they contributed more than $6 million to support transformational growth in several key areas of our mission. Learn more about the donors and how their donations have made an impact.

SIR Encourages Participation in TEVAR Aortic Dissection Project

SIR encourages members to learn more about the TEVAR Aortic Dissection Project from the Society for Vascular Surgery Patient Safety Organization (SVS PSO), in collaboration with the FDA, Gore and Medtronic. This is a new quality improvement project to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of TEVAR devices used to treat descending aortic dissection. Learn more...

SIR Foundation Funds HHMI Award

SIR Foundation Congratulates Erik Velez on being named the recipient of the 2014-2015 HHMI-SIR Foundation Medical Research Fellow! A current medical student at the University of California, Erik will spend the next year in the lab of Dr. Muneeb Ahmed at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School studying secondary local and systemic effects of image-guided microwave thermal ablation on tissue and tumor biology. Click here to learn more about Erik’s upcoming research.

AHRQ Announces Interest in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Mentored Career Development Grants

AHRQ has developed grant programs focused specifically on comparative effectiveness research, providing training for individuals conducting research related to Health Communication, Decision Making, and Evidence Dissemination in PCOR. For more information click here

Opportunity to Submit Proposals for Carotid Intervention Research

Members who have an interest in carotid interventions have an opportunity to submit a proposal for academic research leading to an abstract or manuscript. The National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) Carotid Artery Revascularization and Endarterectomy Registry (CARE) program collects patient, provider and facility characteristics; device and lesion characteristics; adverse event rates, including 30 day follow-up and many more measures. Applicants can request funding from NCDR to perform and pay for all data analysis and statistical work. For more information about the CARE registry and to download a research proposal application

Read more about the CARE registry; a research proposal application may be downloaded here as well.