SCCT names Toshiba Young Investigator award winners
The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announced the recipients of the 2012 Toshiba Young Investigator Award (YIA) at its seventh annual scientific meeting, July 19-22, in Baltimore.

Supported by an educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems, the YIA Program is designed to promote the research, writing and oral presentation skills of those who are within five years of completing a training program. In addition, the program may provide the catalyst for some trainees to become future thought leaders in the field of cardiovascular imaging.

Each applicant submitted a mini-manuscript of 1,000 words concerning research related to the technical and clinical advancement of cardiovascular CT. Five finalists were selected to give an oral presentation at SCCT2012. All five finalists will be granted a complimentary SCCT membership for one year.

Of the finalists, three recipients have been recognized. This year's YIA Program recipients are:

Marcelo Nacif, MD, PhD, Radiology and Imaging Sciences - National Institutes of Health's Clinical Center, Bethesda, Md.
3D Left Ventricular Extracellular Volume Fraction by Low Radiation Dose Cardiac CT: Assessment of Interstitial Myocardial Fibrosis

Daniel Obaid, MD, University of Cambridge, England
Identification of Vulnerable Coronary Plaque Using Single and Dual Energy CT - Verification Against Histology and VH-IVUS

James Otton, MBBS, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia
Four-Dimensional Image Processing of Myocardial CT Perfusion for Improved Image Quality and Noise Reduction

The other two finalists for this year's YIA Program are:

Marcio Bittencourt, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston
Coronary CT Angiography for Prediction of All-Cause Mortality

Stefan Sawall, MD, Institute of Medical Physics, Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany
Low-Dose Cardiac- and Respiratory-Gated Myocardial Perfusion Imaging of Free-Breathing Mice