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NOSCAR announces 2008 NOTES Research Award winners

OAK BROOK, Ill., September 12, 2008 The Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research (NOSCAR), a joint effort of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), announce the 2008 NOSCAR Research Award winners. The funds, granted through Olympus Medical Systems' Olympus Research Fund and by KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America, Inc., will be distributed among 14 grant recipients supporting 16 research projects in the emerging transdisciplinary therapy known as Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), an approach that could ultimately represent a major paradigm shift in minimally invasive therapy and patient care. NOSCAR received 32 grant applications for the $750,000 in research funds.

"We received an outstanding response for research funding reflecting the momentum this revolutionary technique has created," said Michael L. Kochman, MD, FASGE, NOSCAR Research Subcommittee co-chair. "These grant recipients are conducting research that is pointing us to the next phase in the evolution of the NOTES procedure, which is multicenter human studies."

The first NOSCAR Research Awards were announced in 2006. Since that time, 56 grants have been awarded. Recipients of the 2008 awards are conducting research in both animal models and humans. Past NOSCAR Research Award winners recently presented data from their projects at the 3rd International Conference on NOTES held in San Francisco, Calif., July 10-12, 2008. Presentations included research on improving patient safety and multidisciplinary team efficiency, the physiologic and immunologic impact of NOTES, drainage of abdominal abscess, and gastric leak testing, among others.

"NOSCAR is grateful to Olympus Medical Systems and KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America for supporting NOTES research and helping to advance this minimally invasive technique," said Steven Schwaitzberg, MD, NOSCAR Research Subcommittee co-chair.

Awards Supported by Olympus Medical Systems

Juliane Bingener-Casey, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Randomized Double-Blinded Trial Comparing Laparoscopy and Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery Procedures in a Porcine Model

B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Endoscopic Full Thickness Resection of Gastric Lesions Using a Novel Grasp-and-Snare Technique: Evaluation in a Porcine Survival Model

Jeffrey Hazey, MD, Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH
Feasibility of Diagnostic Translumenal Endoscopic Peritoneoscopy for Abdominal Insufflation, Adhesiolysis and Trocar Placement in Patients Who Require Laparoscopic Access

Michael Marohn, DO, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Immune & Baseline Alterations on the Physiologic Response to Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES): A Comparison Between Human Transvaginal and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Erica Moran, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 2 Awards
1) Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating NOTES Repair of Hollow Viscus Perforation
2) Assessment of Methodology and Extended Outcome of Submucosal Endoscopy with Mucosal Flap (SEMF) Myotomy for Treatment of Achalasia

Kiyokazu Nakajima, MD, PhD, Osaka University School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan
Comprehension of Current Limitations in Endoscopic Automatic CO2 Insufflation: Towards Pure NOTES

Brant K. Oelschlager, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Assessment of a Simple, Novel Endoluminal Method for Gastrotomy Closure in NOTES

Adrian Park, MD, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Quantitative Ergonomic Assessment of NOTES Techniques: A Study of Physical and Mental Workload, Body Movement and Posture

Richard Rothstein, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Patient Quality of Life and Utility for Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery

Awards Supported by KARL STORZ Endoscopy-America

Erica Moran, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
NOTES Retroperitoneal Access Using Prone Positioning in Humans

Mark Sawyer, MD, Case University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Transgastric Extravesical Partial Cystectomy: Acute and Chronic Porcine Study with Histopathologic Evaluation of Cystotomy Healing

Georg O. Spaun, MD, Legacy Health System, Clackamas, OR
The Role of Flexible Endoscopy in Mediastinal Dissection for Esophageal Surgery

Thadeus Trus, MD, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
The NOSCAR Delphi Project: Towards a Research Agenda in Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery

Mark Whiteford, MD, Legacy Health System, Portland, OR
An Incisionless Approach for Radical Sigmoid Resection and Primary Anastomosis

Oliver J. Wagner, MD, University Hospital Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
NOTES Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: An Experimental Surgical Study in Pigs


Contact: Anne Brownsey
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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