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SIR Foundation is involved in different research trials and clinical registries to evaluate specific outcomes for improving patient care. 

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SIR Foundation supports a robust portfolio of grant programs intended to encourage the development of interventional radiology research.

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SIR Foundation greatly values and relies upon financial support from corporations to further its mission to advance the science and art of interventional radiology and promote community health, patient welfare, and public education in this medical field.

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All donations to SIR Foundation are channeled directly to programs and projects that perpetuate a strong and vibrant future for interventional radiology. SIR Foundation has created many ways to give to fit the needs of our donors. 

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Latest SIR Foundation news

SIR Foundation announces COVID-19 grant recipient

SIR Foundation awarded the Emergency Funding for COVID-19 (EFC-19) research grant to Clifford R. Weiss, MD, FSIR, and Franco D’Alessio, MD, of Johns Hopkins University for their novel potential therapy to treat COVID-19. As part one of a double-blinded randomized trial, “Regulatory T-cell transfusion for lung injury due to COVID-19 pneumonia (RESOLVE),” this collaboration between IR and pulmonary and critical care medicine may help find a treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients.

 


Thank you for lifting IR to new heights

SIR Foundation’s first virtual fundraiser, the Virtual Balloon Auction, raised $68,250 to support SIR Foundation's programs and projects that propel innovation, advance the value and quality of IR through evidence-based practice and data collection, and provide critical visibility to the specialty. Spearheaded by the SIR Foundation Gala Committee after the cancellation of the 2020 Gala, this new initiative exceeded its fundraising goal and welcomed new donors. The balloons that were created to celebrate each donation have floated over to the Virtual Balloon Auction page. If you missed the fundraiser and still want to go above and beyond for SIR Foundation this year, learn how you can make your 2020 Annual Fund gift.

 


Learn the foundations of quality research by attending ITROP 2020

Introduction to Research Online Program (ITROP), a joint collaboration between the RFS, SIR and SIR Foundation, is a 10-week educational program for medical students and residents to learn the foundations of quality medical research from expert faculty within the specialty. Ten research topics will be covered with live webinar sessions held on Tuesdays between Nov. 3, 2020 and Jan. 19, 2021 from 8–9 p.m. ET. The program also includes pre-session reading materials and pre-and post-session tests. For more information, please visit the ITROP page

 


Apply for the Summer Medical Internship Program by Jan. 15

SIR Foundation’s Summer Medical Student Internship Program introduces medical students early in their studies to interventional radiology research and medical device development. Students applying for the program must show strong potential for a career in IR with proven academic success. Selected students will have an opportunity to intern with an interventional radiologist research or a corporate research and development mentor host during the summer of 2021. If you are interested in the program, please read the guidelines for information about the eligibility and application requirements. The deadline to apply for the program is Jan. 15, 2021. Apply now.

 

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The Clinical Research and Registries Division supports Research Consensus Panel (RCP) meetings to discuss critical research areas and determine how the priority topic can be further developed. The RCP is a one day meeting, which is held twice per year. After SIR Foundation Leadership selects a current critical topic in IR, the lead investigator coordinates a panel of multi-disciplinary subject matter experts. Each panelist presents on a specific subtopic and discusses future research needs. - See more at: http://test.sirfoundation.org/clinical-research2/clinical-research3/research-consensus-panel/#sthash.61FzATgR.dpufReResearch PrioritiesSummer 
Supporting collaboration to understand obesity research

The Clinical Research and Registries Division supports Research Consensus Panel (RCP) meetings to discuss critical research areas and determine how the priority topic can be further developed. The RCP is a one day meeting, which is held twice per year. After SIR Foundation Leadership selects a current critical topic in IR, the lead investigator coordinates a panel of multi-disciplinary subject matter experts. Each panelist presents on a specific subtopic and discusses future research needs. - See more at: http://test.sirfoundation.org/clinical-research2/clinical-research3/research-consensus-panel/#sthash.61FzATgR.dpuf SIR Foundation is asking for research priorities that are most important to you or where additional research is needed in IR, including clinical and non-clinical topics. This prioritization allows us to make the best use of our resources, addressing the issues of highest importance to all of our members, the specialty as a whole, to patients and to policymakers.   SIR Foundation requested research priorities that are most important to you or where additional research is needed in IR, including clinical and non-clinical topics. The list of top research priorities will be the focus of our upcoming research meetings and projects. 
Work is underway on the proceedings paper from SIR Foundation’s Research Consensus Panel (RCP) on Obesity Therapeutics, held Oct.1–2 in a virtual format due to COVID-19. Clifford R. Weiss, MD, FSIR, from Johns Hopkins University, led the meeting of subject matter experts from IR, surgery, obesity medicine and other areas. The panel discussed critical topics in obesity research that will inform the proceedings paper Dr. Weiss will submit to the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology (JVIR).
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2020 GEMS Program kicks off

SIR Foundation hosted the first session of the 2020 Grants for Education of Medical Students (GEMS) Program on Sept 15. Ten grant recipients are participating in the 6-week virtual curriculum, which is providing in-depth conversations and lectures with experienced IRs from across the United States.

One 2020 GEMS recipient, Andrew Ko, a medical student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine, told University of Hawai’i News that he is pursuing a career in IR to ensure that patients in Hawaii have access to IR care. “I want to take part in furthering our abilities to maintain quality of life for our patients, such as minimizing the debilitation from stroke,” he said. Read the profile and learn more about how SIR Foundation’s GEMS program is advancing his IR journey.

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Driving research that moves healthcare forward

Your Annual Fund gift provides funding to build a continuous pipeline of research that addresses the most pressing questions and priorities in interventional radiology—fueling the insights that inform our practice and make our field stronger and more effective. Each year, the Annual Fund supports research award and grant recipients that foster the passion of young investigators, clinical trials and registries that address high priority topics in IR, educational programs that introduce medical students to IR research, and multi-disciplinary research consensus panels and summits that discuss critical research areas.

With your gift to the Annual Fund, we can unlock the limitless potential of IR to improve lives and optimize patient care everywhere…together.

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