ASE Funded Research

Through its annual research award program, the ASE Foundation provides support for innovative and meritorious echocardiographic research activities that demonstrate the key role cardiovascular ultrasound plays in the diagnosis and management of patients with heart and vascular disease. Together, ASE and the ASE Education and Research Foundation have expended over $5 million to support echocardiographic research activities since 1996. The results of these projects have been published and presented all over the world.

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2012 ASE Foundation Research Awards The ASE Education and Research Foundation congratulates the recipients of its 2012 Research Awards. The support for these projects was generated by the success of the 2011 ASE Foundation Annual Appeal. Each is currently being funded for one year, beginning June 2012. Capture Career Development Award Moha Ah, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. “Determining Mechanisms of Right Ventricular Pacing-Induced Cardiac Dysfunction Using Speckle Tracking Strain Echocardiography and Impact on Therapy”


Capture1 Career Development Award Shahryar M. Chowdhury, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. “Validation of Non-Invasive Indices of Contractility in Children”



Capture2 Cardiovascular Sonographer Research Award Charlie E. Luoma, MS, RDCS, RCEP, Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare, La Crosse, WI. “Myocardial Performance at Rest and During Exercise in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction: Speckle Tracking Echocardiography – One piece of the puzzle.

2011 ASE Foundation Research Awards The success of the second annual ASE Foundation Awards Gala in Montreal allowed the ASE Foundation to support two Career Development Awards in 2011.

Career Development Award Benjamin H. Freed, MD, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL. “Comparison of Two Dimensional and Real-Time Three Dimensional Echocardiography with Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Determining Predictors of Clinical Worsening in Patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.”

Career Development Award Timothy C. Tan, MBBS, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. “The use of strain techniques and 3D echocardiography in the diagnosis of subclinical cardiotoxicity in breast cancer patients following treatment with anthracycline and trastuzumab chemotherapy.”

2010 ASE Foundation Research Awards The success of the first annual ASE Foundation Awards Gala in San Diego allowed the ASE Foundation to support two Career Development Awards in 2010.

Career Development Award Rory B. Weiner, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. “Left Ventricular Torsion in the Healthy Heart and in Common Forms of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy: Defining Reference Values and the Response to Hemodynamic Stressors.”

Career Development Award Ben A. Lin, MD, PhD, Yale University, New Haven, CT. “Analysis of Regional Myocardial Strain and Vortical Flow Dynamics as Predictors of Left Ventricular Remodeling after Infarction.”

2009 ASE Research Awards

Cardiovascular Sonographer Research Award Ann Liner, RDCS, FASE, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH. “Echocardiographic Assessment of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Induced by Overexpression of C-Myc.”

Echo Investigator Award Jeanne DeCara, MD, FASE, University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL. “Determining the Genetics of Atherosclerosis Using a Vascular Ultrasound Phenotype.”

Echo Investigator Award Judy Hung, MD, FASE, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. “Polymer Injection Therapy for Treatment of Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation.”

2008 ASE Research Awards

Career Development Award Diego Bellavia, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. “Combined Usefulness of Doppler Myocardial Imaging, Cardiac Biomarkers, and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance for Early Diagnosis of Cardiac Involvement and Risk Stratification in Patients with Systemic AL Amyloidosis.”

Career Development Award Jacob P. Dal-Bianco, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. “Mitral Valve Leaflet Area Quantification: A 3D Echo-Histology Study of Mitral Valve Adaptation in Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation.”

Career Development Award Hiroko Fujii, MD, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. “Molecular Imaging of Stem Cell Therapy Using Targeting Contrast Ultrasound.”

Career Development Award Diego Moguillansky, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. “Contrast Ultrasound for Quantification of Plaque Neovascularization: A New Method to Identify Vulnerable Plaque.”

Cardiovascular Sonographer Research Award S. Michelle Bierig, MPH, RDCS, FASE, St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO. “The Effect of Right Ventricular Pacing Site on Measures of Mechanical Ventricular Dyssynchrony.”

Cardiovascular Sonographer Research Award Jose Daniel Rivera, RCS, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. “Pulmonary Response by Echocardiography: The PURE Study.”

Echo Investigator Award G. Hamilton Baker, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. “Preload Recruitable Stroke Work derived from Three Dimensional Echocardiographic Pressure: Volume Loop Analysis in Congenital and Pediatric Heart Disease.”

Echo Investigator Award Randolph P. Martin, MD, FASE, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA. “Comprehensive Evaluation of the Systemic Right Ventricle by Two-Dimensional Strain Echocardiography in Patients with D-Transposition of the Great Arteries: Impact on Outcomes.”

2007 ASE Research Awards

Career Development Award

Benson A. Babu, MD, Mount Sinai Medical School, New York, NY. “Mechanisms of Diastolic Heart Failure after Myocardial Infarction: Relationship Between Extent of Myocardial Scarring, Infarct Location and Left Ventricular Relaxation and Stiffness.”

Career Development Award

Aaron L. Baggish, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. “Cardiac Structure, Function, and Exercise Capacity in Competitive Athletes: A Prospective, Longitudinal Investigation of Endurance Athletes.”

Career Development Award

Sanjiv J. Shah, MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. “Echo-Genomics: Identification of the Genetic Determinants of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy and its Pathophysiologic Consequences.”

Career Development Award

Jorge Solis-Martin, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. “Effect of Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy on Mitral Valve Geometry and LV Spatial Relationships.”

Career Development Award

Gillian A. Whalley, PhD, FASE, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. “Meta-Analysis Research Group in Echocardiography (MeRGE) Sub Analyses.”

Cardiovascular Sonographer Research Award Samantha J. Buckley, BS, RDCS, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY. “A Standardized Technician Facilitated Protocol for use in V-V Optimization of Biventricular Pacemakers for Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy.”

Cardiovascular Sonographer Research Award Alan D. Waggoner, MHS, RDCS, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. “Functional Measurements of Heart Failure and Clinical Outcomes after Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy: Correlation with Echocardiographic-derived Indices of Left Ventricular Function.”

Echo Investigator Award Karthikeyan Ananthasubramaniam, MD, FASE, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI. “Correlation Between Changes in Functional Mitral Regurgitation and Diastolic Dysfunction and Changes in BNP Level and Wall Stress During Hospitalization for Heart Failure and their Significance in Predicting Outcome.”

Echo Investigator Award Victor Mor-Avi, PhD, FASE, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. “Real-Time Three Dimensional Echocardiographic Quantification of Myocardial Perfusion.”