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In this era of dwindling government research funding and support for research fellowships, the ASE Foundation plays a crucial role in supporting the progress and future of our field through investment in the discovery process and in the careers of investigators. Funding in this area preserves dedicated time for investigators, and also creates opportunities for researchers to interact with global experts in cardiovascular ultrasound, building relationships that lead to future research and professional collaborations.

Research Studies

Through its annual research award program, the ASE Foundation preserves dedicated time for investigators working to demonstrate cardiovascular ultrasound’s premier relevance in the changing healthcare environment, and to promote new and innovative applications of the technology. The Foundation’s most recent grant was the largest in its history, a $200,000 multi-year grant, which will explore the possibility of fusion of CTCA and 3D echocardiography for combined assessment of coronary stenosis. Learn more about this study here: “Echocardiographic Evaluation of Hemodynamic Significance of Coronary Stenosis in Patients with Chest Pain Undergoing CT Angiography.”

2014/2015 Value Grant Recipient: Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL - “This project will explore the possibility of ‘fusion’ of CTCA and 3D echocardiography for combined assessment of coronary stenosis and its functional significance, which may help in identifying patients who need intervention, and may thus have important implications in terms of reducing the number of unnecessary tests and resulting in significant savings.” ASE290

Learn more about ASE Foundation funded researchers and their projects here. Learn more about future funding opportunities at


Research Investigator Support

The presentation of original research on the latest advances in cardiovascular ultrasound from around the world is an integral component of ASE’s educational meetings. Young researchers are the scientific heart of our field, and each year ASE Foundation funding supports competitions to recognize exceptional work and travel grants to assist investigators with their travel expenses.


Abstract Presenter Travel Grants
The presentation of original research from around the world illustrating exciting new developments in cardiovascular ultrasound is an integral component of ASE’s Annual Scientific Sessions. Each year, the Program Committee recognizes a select group of abstract presenters with grants to offset his/her Scientific Sessions travel and registration expenses.

2015 Abstract Presenter Travel Grant Recipient: Michelle Carlson, MD, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN - “The ASE Foundation travel grant gave me the opportunity to present my research to a wide audience, from residents to echo techs to staff physicians. Their thoughts and questions gave me new insight into my own research, and I think have greatly improved the quality of my project. I very much appreciated this chance to interact with echocardiographers from around the world.” Carlson_Michelle

2015 Travel Grant Recipients:

  • Yohei Akazawa, MD, PhD, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
  • Tengku Winda Ardini, MD, University of Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia
  • Michelle Carlson, MD, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Andrew L. Cheng, MD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ming Chu, MD, Nanjing Medical University First Affiliated Hospital, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Zaher Fanari, MD, Jefferson Medical College/ Christiana Care Health System, Wilmington, DE
  • Ricardo Fonseca, MBBS, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • Prakriti Gaba, BS, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Xue Gong, MD, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Amir Hodzic, MD, University of Montreal Hospital Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Quan Huynh, MD, PhD, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
  • Joyce Johnson, MD, MS, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Attila Kovács, MD, Semmelweis University Heart and Vascular Center, Budapest, Pest, Hungary
  • Alex P. Lee, MD, FRCP, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, China
  • Jesse W. Lee, MD, Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA
  • Sumeet S. Mitter, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Patsy W. Park, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
  • Daniela Carmo Rassi, MS, Clinical Hospital of the Federal University of Goias, Goiania, Goias, Brazil
  • Zainab Samad, MD, MHS, Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Ericka Scheller McLaughlin, DO, Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Amita Singh, MD, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Arjun Sinha, MD, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Megan M. SooHoo, MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado Heart Institute, Aurora, CO
  • Masataka Sugahara, MD, Hyogo College of Medicine, Nishinomiya, Hyogo, Japan
  • Minmin Sun, MD, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • Yuta Torii, RCS, RVS, Tokushima University Hospital, Tokushima, Japan
  • Bethany Wisotzkey, MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Megan Yamat, RDCS, RCS, FASE, University of Chicago Hospital, Chicago, IL

Click here for a list of past Abstract Presenter Travel Grant recipients.


Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition
Young investigators under the age of 40 who are no more than five years from the end of their training are eligible for this annual competition supported by the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) in honor of their first president, Arthur E. Weyman, MD, FASE. Four finalists are selected to present their research to a panel of experts during the opening plenary sessions of the Annual ASE Scientific Sessions in June. The winner is then invited to present his/her research at the upcoming European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging’s EuroEcho-Imaging meeting in December, and the Japanese Society of Echocardiography’s Annual Scientific Meeting the following spring.

2015 Winner: Sukrit Narula, BA, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY for his research titled “Automated Morphological and Functional Phenotyping of Human Heart with Feature Tracking of 2D Echocardiographic Images Using Machine Learning Algorithms” NarulaS

Click here for a list of past Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition winners.


Sonographer Investigator’s Award Competition

Designed to highlight and support sonographer-led research, this annual competition recognizes non-physicians who served as the primary investigator on their project of original research. Four finalists are selected to present their work to a panel of judges during the ASE Annual Scientific Sessions.

2015 Winner: Lanqi Hua, RDCS, FASE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA for her research titled “Tissue Motion Annular Displacement for Assessment of Global Right Ventricular Performance” HuaL

Click here for a list of past Sonographer Investigator’s Award Competition winners.


TomTec Innovator Research Travel Grants

Supported by a grant to the ASE Foundation from TomTec Imaging Systems, this annual award is given to assist a promising young researcher presenting his/her work at the ASE Annual Scientific Sessions. Application is open to investigators under 40 years of age who have an abstract accepted for presentation in one of the following research categories: novel technologies (3D, Doppler, or strain), valvular heart disease, or ventricular function. For more than 20 years, TomTec has driven innovations in echocardiography and the ASE Foundation thanks them for investing in the young researchers who will continue to drive our field forward.
2015 Recipient: 
  • Diego Medvedofsky, MD, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Click here for a list of past TomTec Innovator Research Travel Grant recipients.