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NOSCAR announces 2010 NOTES research award winners

OAK BROOK, Ill., April 5, 2010 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), today announce the 2010 NOSCAR Research Award winners. The funds, granted through Olympus Medical Systems' Olympus Research Fund will be distributed among five grant recipients supporting 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 21 grant applications for the $250,000 in research funds. This grant increases Olympus' total funding to $1.5 million for basic research.

"We continue to receive an outstanding response for basic research funding and are grateful to Olympus Medical Systems for recognizing the importance of supporting research that is helping to advance this minimally invasive technique," said Michael L. Kochman, MD, FASGE, NOSCAR Research Subcommittee Co-Chair.

NOTES is performed by using the patient's natural openings for surgery. The first NOSCAR Research Awards were announced in 2006. Since that time, 61 grants have been awarded. Recipients of the 2010 awards are conducting research in both animal models and humans.

"These grant recipients are conducting research that is adding to the growing evidence on the feasibility of this revolutionary procedure," said Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, NOSCAR Research Subcommittee Co-Chair.

In July 2008, NOSCAR leadership granted funds to determine topics requiring further basic research in order to make the NOTES platform feasible. That grant, used for research called the Delphi Study, gathered data from physicians and researchers around the world to identify those areas requiring additional research and investigation. Some of the topics identified are being funded through this current grant from Olympus as listed below.

2010 NOSCAR Research Award Recipients

Mohammad Al-Haddad, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Ind.
Propofol Sedation for Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES): Feasibility Study in Dogs

Juliane Bingener-Casey, MD and Erica Moran, MD
Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minn.
Feasibility of Translumenal Endoscopic Omental Patch Closure of Perforated Viscus

Elena Dubcenco, MD
St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Canada
A Long-Term, Randomized, Comparative, Survival, Porcine Model Study Evaluating Effectiveness of Adhesiolysis (Adhesion Re-Formation): Transgastric NOTES vs. Laparoscopy

Eric S. Hungness, MD
Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill.
Transrectal NOTES Appendectomy in Humans: A Feasibility Study

Erica Moran, MD
Mayo Clinic Rochester, Rochester, Minn.
Mediaststinal Lymph Node Sampling using NOTES Techniques: Creation of a Training Model and Feasibility of Techniques


Contact: Anne Brownsey
American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

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