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Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation: Medical students will make a difference
Date:8/28/2012

FAIRFAX, Va.The Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) Foundation announced the second year of collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) prestigious Medical Research Fellows Program. Created with an eye toward the future of the specialty, SIR Foundation will provide funding for one medical student conducting preclinical research in interventional radiology during 2013. The online application is available at http://www.hhmi.org/grants/individuals/medical-fellows/.

"The SIR Foundation places great emphasis on this kind of high-quality, focused research that nurtures future physician-scientists and is so beneficial to the specialty," said John A. Kaufman, M.D., FSIR, SIR Foundation chair. "By funding this initiative, SIR Foundation provides an opportunity for students who seek to make a difference in medicine and reinforces the importance of following in the footsteps of our specialty's founders," added Kaufman, an interventional radiologist and professor of radiology, medicine and surgery at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland and chief of vascular and interventional radiology and director of the Dotter Interventional Institute, Portland, Ore.

HHMI funds up to 66 applicants, and SIR Foundation's commitment allows for the funding of one high-achieving, medical student engaged in full-time research at the interface of the disciplines of science, medicine and engineering. HHMI also has collaborations with other organizations to fund additional students.

"Interventional radiologists consistently design and improve on innovative treatments that lead to improved patient care and quality of life," said SIR President Marshall Hicks, M.D., FSIR, head of the division of diagnostic imaging at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "This highly competitive and prestigious award will help cultivate futu
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