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Dr. Vasanawala and Colleagues Receive the Prestigious Caffey Award

Posted 8:48 AM, May 8, 2009, by jaruiz

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Dr. Shreyas Vasanawala, assistant professor of pediatric radiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and co-director of pediatric MRI at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, was awarded the Caffey Award for Outstanding Basic Science Research Paper at the annual meeting of the Society for Pediatric Radiology in Carlsbad, California, on April 24, 2009. The award was in recognition of his scientific paper "Faster Pediatric MRI Via Compressed Sensing."
His collaborators included . . .

Marcus Alley, PhD; Richard A. Barth, MD; Brian Hargreaves, PhD; John Pauly, PhD; and Michael Lustig, PhD. Please find short biographies of some of his collaborators below.

The Caffey Research Award is presented annually for the best original research to advance the care of children via imaging. The highly regarded Caffey Award recognizes Dr. Vasanawala's work for exploring a novel MRI method that is faster and permits higher resolution imaging with less motion-related blurring. This is highly relevant to the pediatric population as it holds tremendous promise for performing MRI either without or with substantially reduced sedation or anesthesia.

Dr. Vasanawala joined the Department of Radiology faculty in July of 2007, after receiving his degree and a PhD in biophysics from Stanford University, followed by residency training in radiology at Stanford University Medical Center and a pediatric radiology fellowship at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (LPCH). During his fellowship, Dr. Vasanawala received specialty training in pediatric musculoskeletal imaging at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and in pediatric cardiovascular imaging at Sick Kids in Toronto. At Stanford, Dr. Vasanawala's research aims to improve magnetic resonance imaging techniques for evaluating pediatric disease.

The Caffey Awards, established in 1969 as the "John Caffey Award Paper," are named in honor of John P. Caffey, MD, who is widely recognized as the father of pediatric radiology. He defined pediatric radiology as a specialty by writing the seminal text book, Pediatric X-Ray Diagnosis. First published in 1945, the book has remained in print continuously since then. The 11th edition was recently published (2008) as Caffey's Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging, 30 years after Dr. Caffey's death. John Caffey's enormous contributions to radiology and pediatrics improved the well being of children and are gratefully acknowledged through the recognition of excellent scientific and clinical work in the specialty he engendered.

(Text above is from the Packard Media Group, for release on April 27, 2009.)


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Marcus Alley, PhD, senior research scientist, received his BA in physics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and his MS (physics) and PhD (nuclear physics) from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he completed his thesis entitled "An Effective Range Determination of Phase Shifts for the Elastic Proton Helium-3 Reaction between the Energies of 0 and 12 MeV." Dr. Alley has been a member of the Stanford Department of Radiology since 1994, when he began as a postdoctoral fellow mentored by Norbert Pelc, ScD. After completing his postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Alley worked as an MR applications and software developer, and, in May of 2005, he became a senior research scientist in our Department. His current research involves developing MRI with compressed sensing for body and pediatric imaging. His past awards include a third place Scientific Paper Award for his paper entitled "Measurement of T1 of Flowing Blood, Extraction Fraction of Gd-DTPA and Single-Kidney GFR Using Interleaved Spiral Acquisition" from the Society of Uroradiology, Twenty-Fifth Scientific Assembly, in 2000. Dr. Alley also has over 35 publications and 7 patents.

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Brian Hargreaves, PhD, assistant professor of radiology, completed his doctoral degree in electrical engineering at Stanford University. In 2005, he joined the Stanford Radiology Department faculty. Dr. Hargreaves' research focuses on body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications (including abdominal, vascular, breast, and musculoskeletal imaging) and the development of novel excitation schemes, efficient imaging methods, and reconstruction tools that provide improved diagnostic contrast compared with current methods. Aside from work, he plays ice hockey and soccer, and he is on the volunteer ski patrol at Sugar Bowl ski resort. To view Dr. Hargreaves' pior blog postings, please access http://radiology.stanford.edu/blog/archives/2009/02/drs_gold_and_ha_2.html; http://radiology.stanford.edu/blog/archives/2009/01/drs_gold_and_ha.html; and http://radiology.stanford.edu/blog/archives/2008/04/awards_and_hono_31.html.

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Michael Lustig, PhD, engineering research associate, received his BSc in 2001 from the Department of Electrical Engineering, in Technion-IIT, Haifa, Israel. He completed his PhD in 2008 from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where his doctoral research focused on the application of compressed sensing to rapid MRI. Currently, he is a research associate in the Magnetic Resonance Systems Research Lab (MRSRL) in the Stanford Department of Engineering, where his research interests include medical imaging reconstruction, MR pulse sequence design, convex optimization, and inverse problems.

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