The American Heart Association (AHA) announced this year’s recipients of the Innovative Project Award. Dana Peters, PhD, professor of radiology and biomedical imaging, Edward J. Miller, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine and radiology, Lauren A. Baldassarre, MD, associate professor of medicine and radiology, Albert J. Sinusas, MD, professor of medicine, radiology, and biomedical engineering and director of Yale Translational Research Imaging Center (Y-TRIC), and Jennifer M. Kwan, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, received a two-year award for their project, “Deuterium metabolic imaging (DMI) of Sarcoid.”
The award recipients, all from the Yale School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, have a combined expertise in MRI-based technologies and Yale is a designated Sarcoidosis Center of Excellence according to the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research. Deuterium metabolic imaging or DMI is a non-invasive state-of-the-art method for metabolic imaging that could have broad implications for clinical research.
The $100,000 award will support high-potential research that could lead to critical discoveries for people with sarcoidosis and this tool can be leveraged to understand metabolic derangements in other cardiovascular diseases, including heart failure, myocarditis and clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (CHIP).