Primary investigators in imaging received $11.0 million in new direct and indirect grant funding this year, adding to the $17.9 million in imaging grants and $3.9 million in imaging support of other research projects. These funds support diverse research efforts including developing novel non-invasive tumor therapies, neuroimaging of behavioral disorders, and the imaging of familial cardiac disease. Additionally, we have been notified of $5.3 million in grant funding likely to be awarded in the coming fiscal year, indicating our expected growth and continued recognition of the value of our research activities to pediatric health. Our faculty authored or co-authored 102 peer reviewed publications this year, the most productive year ever and a 10% increase over last year.
Pediatric Functional Imaging Research Network
Funded by a $6.5 million contract from NIH to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center Radiology, Neurology, and Bioinformatics, the Pediatric Functional Neuroimaging Research Network has been formed as a nationwide resource for pediatric neuroimagers and researchers. With the collaboration of five other institutions, novel functional imaging techniques, analysis tools, and quality control methods have been developed that will be available to researchers free online. These tools will facilitate the gathering of neuroimaging and behavioral data of at least 1000 children, creating a valuable resource for scientists worldwide.
Interventional Radiology Animal Research Lab
In May of 2011 we opened a new state-of-the art Interventional Radiology (IR) animal research lab, broadening the imaging capabilities of the Imaging Research Center (IRC). The Philips FD20 Allura angio/interventional system mirrors our clinical equipment we currently use in IR in the PeriOp area on A3, and will provide a facility to conduct translational research which can carry over to the clinical care of our patients. 3-D angiography, c-arm cone beam CT, and integrated real-time 3-D needle guidance are just a few of the cutting edge technologies available in the animal lab. It is the first IR animal research facility of its kind in the world in a pediatric institution. IR has already started collaborative research projects with other Cincinnati Children's departments. While the lab will be used primarily by Interventional Radiology, the facility is intended to be an institution wide, multi-disciplinary resource to develop and improve image guided treatment options for a broad variety of pediatric diseases.
Honors and Awards
Caffey Award for Best Basic Science Paper:
An MR System for Imaging Neonates in the NICU, Jean Tkach, Randy Giaquinto, Wolfgang Loew, Ronald Pratt, Barret Daniels, Blaise Jones, Lane Donnelly, Charles Dumoulin
Caffey Award for Best Case Report Exhibit:
MR Imaging Features of Fetal Mediastinal and Intrapericardial Teratomas, Eva Rubio, Beth Kline-Fath, Maria Calvo-Garcia, Carolina Guimares.
John Kirkpatrick Young Investigator Award:
Incidence and Etiology of New Liver Lesions in Pediatric Patients Previously Treated for Malignancy, Ethan Smith, Sheila Salisbury, Rose Martin, Alexander Towbin
In addition, the radiology IT group received the Roger A Bauman Award at the Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) meeting for their paper: Standardized Reporting in Radiology: A Prospective Analysis of Error Rate and Turnaround Time. Matt Hawkins, Seth Hall, Judy Hardin, Shelia Salisbury, Alex Towbin. The award is given to the best student paper at the meeting. It is the only award for papers. Matt Hawkins also won one of the 4 New Investigator travel awards for this work.