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Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation Funds Howard Hughes Medical Institute Award
Date:8/16/2011

FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation launched a major new collaboration created with an eye toward the future of the specialty with its announcement that it will provide funding for one medical student conducting preclinical research in interventional radiology during 2012–13 in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) prestigious Medical Research Fellows Program.

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"The SIR Foundation, which seeks to further the growth of minimally invasive medicine into new areas of discovery, hopes to encourage talented students with an interest in interventional radiology to apply for acceptance into this exceptional program," commented Gordon McLennan, M.D., FSIR, chair of the SIRF board of directors. "Funding this initiative follows the SIR Foundation's mission of fostering research in interventional radiology for the purposes of advancing scientific knowledge, increasing the number of skilled investigators, and developing innovative therapies that lead to improved patient care and quality of life," added McLennan , an interventional radiologist with the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

"Interventional radiologists are researchers whose trademark is discovery," said SIR President Timothy P. Murphy, M.D., FSIR, who represents the national society of nearly 4,700 doctors, scientists and allied health professionals dedicated to improving health care through minimally invasive treatments. "Access to programs such as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Medical Research Fellows Program unlocks doors for a new generation of minimally invasive specialists," added Murphy, an interventional radiologist and director of the Vascular Disease Research Center at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

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