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November 25, 2013

Researchers Awarded 2013 Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Grants

OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 25, 2013 The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Research & Education (R&E) Foundation awarded the 2013 Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant to Soterios Gyftopolous, M.D. and two 2013 Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Resident Grants to Daniel S. Chow, M.D. and H. Benjamin Harvey, M.D., J.D. These grants are made possible by Toshiba America Medical Systems’ support of the RSNA R&E Foundation.

The 2013 Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Seed Grant provides $40,000 for a one-year project to test hypotheses and obtain pilot data in preparation for major grant applications.

Soterios Gyftopolous, M.D., New York University School of Medicine, will investigate rotator cuff tears in the preoperative and postoperative setting. Data from this study could lead to early intervention or a change in rehabilitation in the repairs that are on the path to failure.

The 2013 Toshiba America Medical Systems/RSNA Research Resident Grant is designed to give residents an opportunity to gain insight into a research career by providing dedicated time for research projects. The grant award is $30,000 for a one-year study.

Daniel S. Chow, M.D., Columbia University Medical Center, will study in-vivo optical imaging in an acute stroke model in rats, with the goal of examining the relationship between cerebral blood flow and metabolic demands in the development and evolution of the ischemic penumbra. A long term goal of this research is to combine this with simultaneous diffusion- and perfusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging to develop and refine imaging markers to better predict outcomes and guide treatment.

H. Benjamin Harvey, M.D., J.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, will evaluate an antenatal ultrasound screening program implemented in under-resourced regions of rural Kenya in an effort to reduce maternal and child mortality rates in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The RSNA R&E Foundation is awarding a total of 83 grants in 2013 valued at more than $3 million.

“The R&E Foundation is grateful for Toshiba America Medical System’s generosity in supporting the innovative research conducted by these inspiring investigators,” said James P. Borgstede, M.D., Chair of the RSNA R&E Foundation Board of Trustees. “The research projects pursued by this year’s awardees have translational and clinical implications that will most certainly move our specialty forward and improve patient care.”

About RSNA

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA®) is an international society of radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and related scientists with more than 51,000 members across the globe. The RSNA R&E Foundation provides grants to advance radiologic research, education and practice. Information on all of the Foundation’s funding opportunities is available online,

About Toshiba America Medical Systems, Inc.

With headquarters in Tustin, Calif., Toshiba America Medical Systems (TAMS) markets, sells, distributes and services radiology and cardiovascular systems, including CT, MR, ultrasound, X-ray and cardiovascular equipment, and coordinates clinical diagnostic imaging research for all modalities in the United States. For more information, visit the TAMS website at

About Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation

Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a leading worldwide provider of medical diagnostic imaging systems and comprehensive medical solutions, such as CT, X-ray and vascular, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and MRI systems, as well as information systems for medical institutions. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation has been providing medical products for over 80 years. Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba. Visit Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation’s website at

About Toshiba

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances.

Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba’s web site at