Mass General’s Research Awards and Honors: June 2017

Massachusetts General Hospital’s talented and dedicated researchers are working to push the boundaries of science and medicine every day. In this series we highlight a few individuals who have recently received awards or honors for their achievements:

PulliBenjamin Pulli, MD, Department of Radiology resident, has been awarded a Research Resident Grant from the Radiological Society of North America for his research, Multimodal Molecular Imaging Profiling of Thrombus in Acute Ischemic Stroke.

Pulli’s faculty mentor is John W. Chen, MD, director of Imaging Clinical Trials in the Division of Neuroradiology, and he will be co-mentored by Peter Caravan, PhD, of the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and Aman Patel, MD, director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery.

“Receiving this research grant from the RSNA is an extraordinary opportunity to continue research in molecular imaging techniques I have been a part of for the last several years.

With scientific advisor John W. Chen, M.D., Ph.D. (Division of Neuroradiology and Center for Systems Biology), and co-advisors Aman Patel, M.D. (Dept. of Neurosurgery) and Peter Caravan, Ph.D (Martinos Center), I will investigate thrombus composition in a mouse model of acute ischemic stroke with molecular imaging agents targeted at key clot components.

Results from these pre-clinical animal studies will be confirmed by testing samples obtained from stroke patients, and correlated with clinical information to generate specific imaging signatures and establish imaging predictors for clot retrieval success.

I hope that these experiments will lay the foundation towards personalized medicine in stroke treatment by using clot-imaging characteristics to optimize patient selection to different therapeutic approaches.”

SucciMarc Succi, MD, second year Radiology resident, has received an Innovator Award for his recent device inventions in the field of medicine.

The award was given at the inaugural Partners Innovation Award night.

“My research is primarily in low-cost medical devices, medical entrepreneurship and patent innovation.

One particular device I am developing is a low-cost, reusable, bedside nasogastric and feeding tube detector to replace x-ray confirmation of these tubes, thereby reducing radiation dose and saving significant associated personnel and technical costs.

Other devices I am co-investigating include modified introducer needles for faster vascular access in vascular interventional radiology; a device for safe opioid medication dispensing to reduce addiction; modified surgical bougies for expedited bariatric surgery procedures and intestinal stem-cell based re-growth methods for inflammatory bowel disease sufferers.

I was thrilled and honored to be recognized with the Partners Innovation Award, and I think the recognition and associated conference helps foster a productive community of innovators in an already academically charged community. I hope to continue to contribute to this elite community as it grows and makes significant advances in healthcare.”

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