Research

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 through research grants, 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 

Pamela S. Douglas, MD, FASE Research Scholar Award

NEW: The Pamela S. Douglas, MD, FASE Research Scholar Award will support the future workforce of echocardiographic researchers by granting a one-year scholarship of a minimum of $75,000 to support a clinical or translational research fellow in advanced cardiovascular ultrasound imaging at an institution with an ACGME accredited residency program (or equivalent outside the U.S). One scholarship will be awarded every alternate year. To be eligible, applicants be a physician or PhD in an advanced training program (e.g., fellowship) or should have completed primary specialty residency and be within the first three years of appointment to their first faculty position at the time of award activation. Applicants must have written letters of support from their department chair/head and their research mentor. Additional stipulations will be included in the application set to open September 2020.

E21 Research Grant for Clinician-Scientist and Engineering Partnership Program

This program provided funding for research that aimed to use engineering solutions to solve a relevant clinical problem in cardiovascular ultrasound. In 2019, the ASE Foundation offered funding in partnership with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the National Board of Echocardiography, Inc., Bracco, Inc., and Lantheus Medical Imaging, Inc. Three grants of up to $200,000 each were available and the recipients were also eligible for travel support to present the results of their projects at future ASE and AIUM scientific meetings.

2019 E21 Research Grant Recipients:

  • Oliver Kripfgans, PhD, FAIUM, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, for Bedside Cardiovascular Monitoring of Neonates with Patent Ductus Arteriosus
  • Babak Nazer, MD, Knight Cardiovascular Institute, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR, for Echocardiographic Optimization of Ultrasound Septal Reduction for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
  • Patricia Pellikka, MD, FASE, Division of Cardiovascular Ultrasound, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, for DeepEcho: Echocardiogram Image Normalization Using Deep Learning for Detection and Prognostication of Heart Failure

The ASE Foundation Value Grant

The Foundation’s 2014 Value Grant was a $200,000 multi-year grant targeting fusion imaging. 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

Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE, presented the results of this research project at the 2017 Scientific Sessions. 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 Investigator Travel Grant

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 Investigators. 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. Beginning in 2018, the Alan S. Pearlman Research Award was established to honor Dr. Pearlman’s ten years of service as JASE Editor-In-Chief Supported by a grant to the ASE Foundation by Elsevier, this annual award of $1,000 is given to the overall highest scoring investigator.

Priyanka Asrani, MBBS

2020 Alan S. Pearlman Research Award Winner:
Priyanka Asrani, MBBS,
Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

 

2020 Top Investigator Grant Recipients:

  • David Barris, MD, New York Presbyterian – Columbia University Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • Samuel Bernard, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Cameron Dockerill, BS, University of Oxford, Oxford, , United Kingdom
  • Alessandra Ferraro, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Nir Flint, MD, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Benjamin Frank, MD, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO
  • Danielle Harake, MD, University of Alberta, Stollery Children’s Hospital, Edmonton, AB, Canada
  • Danelle Hidano, MD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Ashton Lai, MD, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY
  • Hyun-Jung Lee, MD, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  • Charlotte Lee, BS, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
  • Dai-Yin Lu, MD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Christopher Mardy, MD, Stanford University – Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto, CA
  • Arvind Nishtala, MD, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
  • Andrew Peters, MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  • Amita Singh, MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Kavisha Singh, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Hongning Song, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dorchester, MA
  • James Wilkinson, MD, Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, TX

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

Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition

Ambarish Pandey, MD, MSCS

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.

2020 Arthur E. Weyman Young Investigator’s Award Competition Winner:
Ambarish Pandey, MD, MSCS, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX,

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

Brian Haluska Sonographer Research Award Competition

Courtney Cassidy, RDCS, FASE

The ASE Foundation’s annual Sonographer Investigator’s Award Competition was renamed as the Brian Haluska Sonographer Research Award Competition to honor the late Brian Haluska, PhD, MSC (HONS), MSC, RDCS, AMS, FASE and his incredible contributions to sonographer-led research over the course of his career. 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.

2020 Brian Haluska Sonographer Research Award Competition Winner:
Courtney Cassidy, RDCS, FASE,
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver, CO

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

TomTec Innovator Research Travel Grants

Megan Yamat, RDCS, RCS, ACS, FASE

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.

2020 TomTec Innovator Research Grant Recipient:
Megan Yamat, RDCS, RCS, ACS, FASE
, from the University of Chicago Hospital in Chicago, IL.