Using Imaging to Transform Medicine: Advanced Imaging Pilot Research Grants

Harvard Catalyst sponsored the Advanced Imaging Pilot Research Grants and Concept Development Prizes. The goal was to encourage the Harvard community to develop innovative research projects and ideas that would use advanced imaging technologies (PET, Optical or Physiological MR) to directly address areas of unmet clinical need.

This pilot grant opportunity sought proposals for collaborative, innovative research projects that applied advanced imaging technologies to pressing medical issues. The intent of the Concept Development Prize was to develop speculative and novel ideas that addressed a potential application or evolution of advanced imaging to solve a key medical question. Participation in an Advanced Imaging Symposium was required to be eligible to apply for these funding opportunities.

Funding decisions for the Advanced Imaging funding opportunities were announced in May 2012. Fourteen Pilot Grants were awarded in amounts of up to $50,000 for each one-year project. Four Concept Development prizes were awarded in the amount of $2,000 each.

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Robert Brown MD | MR Elastography for Assessment of Kidney Fibrosis in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
Teresa Chen MD | Spectral Domain OCT 3-Dimensional Neuroretinal Rim Analysis of the Optic Nerve Head
Jeffrey Cheng PhD | Optical Coherence Tomography: A Revolutionary Noninvasive Diagnostic Tool for Middle Ear Disease
Sylvain Gioux PhD | Real-Time Endoscopic Guidance using Near-Infrared Fluorescent Light for Thoracic Surgery
Alexandra Golby MD | Transforming Brain Tumor Surgery Through Coherent Raman Microscopy
Mukesh Harisinghani MD | Pre-Operative Nodal Staging of Thyroid Cancer Using Ferumoxytol
Jacob Hooker PhD | Assessing Activation of Brain Microglia in Chronic Pain with Simultaneous MR-PET
Stephanie Jones PhD | Electrophysiological Basis of Cortical Abnormality in Children with Encephalopathy of Prematurity
Eliot Katz MD | Functional Modeling of the Pediatric Airway in Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Anand Kumar PhD | Hybrid Optical X-Ray CT for Head and Neck Cancer Diagnosis and Surveillance
Neil Martin MD, MPH | Relationship Between Multiparametric MRI and Prostate Cancer Aggressiveness
Marc Normandin PhD | Imaging Pancreatic Amyloid with PET
Nisha Sainani MD | Pilot Evaluation of 11C-D-Deprenyl Uptake in Chronic Pancreatitis: A Potential Diagnostic PET-MRI Biomarker
Seok-Hyun Yun (Andy) PhD | Early Detection of Corneal Ectasia with In Vivo Brillouin Optical Imaging of Corneal Biomechanical Properties