Drayer Calls on Radiology Community to Support Research
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
RSNA Research & Education (R&E) Foundation Chair Burton P. Drayer, M.D., on Sunday called on the entire radiology community to band together in support of radiology research that will drive the specialty forward over the next 100 years.
"If we, as a professional community, want to ensure that our radiologist colleagues are leading healthcare in the future, we must take action and invest in our specialty," he said.
Dr. Drayer addressed about 2,000 attendees in the Arie Crown Theater, offering an update on the R&E Foundation's Inspire-Innovate-Invest: The Campaign for Funding Radiology's Future® launched at RSNA 2014 with a goal to raise $17.5 million by the end of 2017.
"To date, our Campaign has been a success with individuals, private practices and corporate donors who have generously pushed us just past the mid-way point of our goal," Dr. Drayer said. "There is still a long way to go and we hope all of you will share our zeal for the importance of this mission."
Dr. Drayer praised the leadership role of the R&E Foundation in supporting investigators and cultivating new leaders in translational and basic research, evidence-based clinical care, and innovation and discovery. In 2015, the Foundation supported 92 grants totaling a record $3.6 million.
"The role of the R&E Foundation is to nurture innovative researchers and foster their growth as the next generation of radiology leaders," he said.
One of the keys for enabling innovation is creating protected time for researchers, which is declining due to dwindling resources and increased competition for funds, Dr. Drayer said. An R&E grant provides critical protected time for innovation, discovery and teaching.
In addition, Dr. Drayer focused on continual improvement of teaching methods and delivery of education. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported nearly 1,200 projects and awarded $47 million in support for academic career development, he said.
Dr. Drayer added that support from the entire radiology community is needed to increase funding levels and continue to advance radiology-driven research efforts. He extended the Foundation's gratitude to those who have already offered support, including Centennial Pathfinders, Visionaries in Practice groups and Vanguard Companies.
"While pleased with our 25 percent funding rate, our number of worthy applicants continues to climb, and each year it is clear that many high-quality projects remain unfunded," Dr. Drayer said. NIH funding continues to be extraordinarily competitive. For many, an R&E grant provides a lifeline to remain committed to their academic pursuits," Dr. Drayer said.
For every dollar awarded, an R&E Grant recipient receives an additional $40 in future funding as a principal or co-investigator, he said. This translates to more than $1.8 billion in radiologic research funding.
"I invite each and every one of you to join your colleagues in supporting our specialty and our researchers—the future leaders of radiology," he said.
Meeting attendees are invited to visit the R&E Foundation booth (Level 3, Lakeside Center) this week to learn more about the projects funded by the Foundation. Donations are accepted at the booth. Visitors are also invited to participate in the Virtual Auction at RSNA 2015 with proceeds benefiting the R&E Foundation.
To learn more about the Foundation and the Virtual Auction, visit RSNA.org/Foundation.