RSNA Awards More Than $3 Million in Grants

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The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research and Education Foundation has announced that it will fund 85 grants totaling more than $3 million this year. It is the largest amount ever awarded by the Oak Brook, Ill.-based Foundation in a single year. Since 1984, when the grant program was initiated, the Foundation has provided seed grants to “launch careers and provide a pathway to subsequent funding” for nearly 1,000 researchers and educators. The Foundation estimates the more than $40 million it has given out over nearly 30 years now has enabled more than $1 billion in radiological research. The grants are made possible by RSNA’s donors, which include individuals, private practices and corporations. According to the press release, among the research projects funded this year are a study on PET/CT image-guided stereotactic ablative radiotherapy in prostate cancer and multimodal MRI to detect brain injury in athletes. Educational initiatives that received grants included the development of a curriculum for hybrid molecular imaging and evidence-based clinical practice, and creation of a high-fidelity simulated environment for assessment of radiology residents prior to independent call.