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The value of clinical research and clinical registries

Research and registries

The Clinical Research and Registries Division strongly encourages the IR community to undertake research initiatives that advance patient care. Many opportunities are provided for investigator collaboration, scientific training and innovation. This division supports the development of research studies and clinical registries to address important clinical questions in IR. Previous project stakeholders include academic institutions, hospitals, federal agencies, medical associations, industry manufacturers and patient advocacy organizations.

Clinical research

Clinical research involves the investigation of a drug, device, or procedure on a specific population to evaluate the effects on health outcomes. Investigators are encouraged to become involved in interventional radiology studies. 


One role of this division is the coordination of research consensus panels (RCP), which gather subject matter experts to select the most critical research priority for further development and funding. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Eleanore Moye.

Clinical registries

Registries are used to collect standardized data on a specific population defined by a particular disease, condition, or procedure. They are valuable in comparing patient data across institutions to improve quality and patient safety. Registry endeavors are encouraged for the purposes of advancing scientific knowledge and developing innovative interventional radiology therapies that lead to improved patient care. If you are interested in learning more about registries, please visit the Clinical Registries page.

Past events

Sharon W. Kwan, MD, FSIR, from the University of Washington led the RCP on Patient Reported Outcomes in April 2017.

SIR Foundation grants advance IR through research

Erik N.K. Cressman, MD, PhD, FSIR, SIR Foundation's Research Grants and Education Division chair, discusses how a new program is helping researchers blossom by providing real-time feedback on grant applications.