RSNA, Toshiba award Seed and Resident Grant winners

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Healthcare IT company Toshiba America Medical Systems and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) have announced the winners of the 2010 Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research & Education (R &E) Foundation grants.

Kenneth S. Lee, MD, of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, was awarded the $40,000 Seed Grant for a one-year study that enables investigators to test hypotheses and conduct feasibility studies for major trials. Lee’s study will look to find a more effective treatment option for moderate to severe chronic plantar fasciitis.

Ben Paxton, MD, of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., and Nitin Ohri, MD, of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, have each been awarded the $30,000 Resident Grant, designed to give residents an opportunity to gain insight into a research career by providing dedicated time for research projects for one year.

Paxton will utilize his grant to further develop a minimally invasive, image-guided intervention for treatment of morbid obesity by leveraging an innovative and novel percutaneous endovascular procedure. Ohri will characterize the FDG-PET response patterns of non-small cell lung cancer tumors following chemoradiotherapy, said Tustin, Calif.-headquartered Toshiba.

In  total, the RSNA R &E Foundation is awarding 71 grants in 2010, valued at approximately $2.25 million, stated the organization.