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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dr. Litmanovich awarded STR seed grant

The STR announces the funding of $19,926 to Dr. Diana Litmanovich and colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School for the proposal: “Functional MRI assessment as a primary imaging modality for diagnosis, follow-up and guidance of therapy decisions of COPD patients with tracheomalacia.”


Dr. Litmanovich is currently an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and serves as Director of Cardiac CT in the Department of Radiology of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston.   After graduating from Technion Medical School in Haifa, Israel, Dr. Litmanovich completed an internship in internal medicine and surgery and residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Rambam Medical Center, also in Haifa.  She finished her fellowship training in thoracic imaging at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2008 and joined the staff at the same institution.  She assumed the directorship of the Thoracic Imaging Fellowship program as well as the Longitudinal Primary Clinical Experience (PCE) Radiology course at Harvard Medical School and serves on national committees including the Cardiovascular Committee of the American College of Radiology Imaging Network as well as the Educational Committee of the North American Society for Cardiovascular Imaging.  


The proposed research project investigates the use of MRI to assess for tracheomalacia in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary decision.  Dr. Litmanovich and colleagues aim to refine and validate MRI techniques and measure the degree of tracheal collapse with MRI performed during exercise as compared to forced expiratory maneuvers. The overall goal is to provide a technique that detects clinically significant tracheomalacia without the use of ionizing radiation.


The STR seed grant process is aimed at offering seed grant support for young investigators to pursue novel research in thoracic imaging and related fields.  The submission deadline for seed grant proposals is September 15.  For more information, please refer to the STR research webpage at http://thoracicrad.org/research/guidelines.htm.