Sir Foundation Essentials

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

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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 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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Introducing the Grants for Education of Medical Students Program

During his Dotter Lecture at SIR 2019, SIR Past President Alan H. Matsumoto, MD, FSIR, introduced a new SIR Foundation program to support diversity in IR by providing a travel grant for medical students from diverse backgrounds who desire to participate in a visiting clerkship in interventional radiology outside of their home institution. The Grants for Education of Medical Students (GEMS) Program is open to students who are seeking to be the first generation of physicians in their families and identify as being from racial or ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the medical field, female, or LGBTQ. Students who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

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SIR Foundation News


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.dpufRe

2019 Research Priorities

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 has announced its research priorities for 2019. 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:   

  • Bariatric therapies
  • Dialysis access, specifically, endovascular AVF creation
  • Endoscopic intervention
  • Interventional Oncology – immunotherapy research summit and musculoskeletal research consensus panel
  • Lymphatic intervention
  • Neuro/stroke intervention
  • Osteoarthritis therapies
  • The Value of IR
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Recent Research Summit

On September 12, 2019, SIR Foundation convened the Percutaneous AV Fistula (pAVF) Creation Research Summit to evaluate the current status of pAVF research. A panel of subject matter experts from academia and industry assembled to determine the most highly prioritized research needed in the area of pAVF. David Mobley, MD, from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, led this important panel meeting.

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Support the Annual Fund

Your support of SIR Foundation funds breakthrough research, encourages and trains new and established investigators, ensures that innovation thrives, and continues the work that safeguards the foundation's future as a premier research resource. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of millions of interventional radiology patients worldwide.

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