Now accepting proposals for the ASE Foundation 2017 Research Grant. Up to $50,000 is available. Submission closes October 31, 2017.


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 grant 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 to 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

At the 2017 Scientific Sessions, Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE, presented the results of this research project. The full presentation is available below:


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.


Top 25 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, a special group of investigators are selected as the ASE Foundation’s Top 25.  These early career abstract presenters are selected by the Abstract Chairs based on the scientific merit of their research projects and are awarded grants to offset his/her Scientific Sessions travel expenses.

2017 Top 25 Travel Grant Recipient: Thomas S. Metkus, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD – “I want to thank the ASE Foundation for the Top 25 Travel Grant to support my research and attendance at the conference. My first ASE meeting was a terrific experience from educational sessions on clinically important topics, to stimulating conversation with other researchers and possible collaborators, and to opportunities for networking both within cardiology but also with others in the practice of echocardiography including cardiac anesthesiologists, emergency physicians, critical care medicine, and adult and pediatric sonography.”

2017 Top 25 Travel Grant Recipients:

  • Shae Anderson, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Sibley Heart Center Cardiology, Atlanta, GA
  • Renzo JC Calderon-Anyosa, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
  • Baljash Cheema, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, McGaw Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Seunghyun Choi, PhD, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea
  • Antonino Di Franco, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
  • David Elison, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Prabhakaran Gopalakrishnan, MD, Aultman Hospital, Canton, OH
  • Sassan Hashemi, MD, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  • Brandon Helfield, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nobuyuki Kagiyama, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Amara Majeed, MD, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
  • Tiffany Mao, MD, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO
  • Wadi Mawad, MD, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Diego Medvedofsky, MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Thomas S. Metkus, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Prashant Minocha, MD, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
  • Shun Nishino, MD, Miyazaki Medical Association Hospital, Miyazaki, Japan
  • Alaa M. Omar, MD, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
  • Rupesh Ranjan, MD, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sudarat Satitthummanid, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA and Chulalongkorn University and Cardiac Center, King Chulalongkorn Medical Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Jeremy Stone, MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Marija Vukicevic, PhD, Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX
  • Allen J. Weiss, DO, Mount Sinai St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY
  • Satoshi Yamaguchi, MD, Heart Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Yirong Zhou, MD, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

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.

2017 Winner: Federico Moccetti, MD, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR for his research titled “Ultrasound Molecular Imaging of Endothelial Activation and Platelet Adhesion in Remote Arteries after Myocardial Infarction: Implications for Reducing Risk for Remote Recurrent Atherosclerotic Events”

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.

2017 Winner: Leah M. Wright, BsC, DMU-Cardiac, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia for her research titled “Progression of Pulmonary Artery Pressure and RV Function as Predictors of Outcome in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension”

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.
2017 Recipient: 
  • Akhil Narang, MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

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