Late in 2013 the ICTS co-sponsored an Unmet Clinical Needs workshop in Cardiovascular Medicine with the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technologies. This particular workshop was different from earlier workshops in the ongoing series. First, it covered multiple themes under the Cardiovascular Medicine umbrella: 1) Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction, 2) Ischemic and Valvular Heart Disease, and Aortic Dissection, 3) Delayed Failure Modes of Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repairs and 4) Stent Futures with multiple panel moderators and audience participation through breakout sessions. In addition to the panel discussions, the daylong event culminated with a poster session highlighting research in Cardiovascular Medicine. To further stimulate research in this area, the ICTS and Edwards Lifesciences Center announced that competitive pilot type grant(s) would be awarded in the thematic areas discussed at the workshop. The sponsors jointly supported a total funding level of $60,000. A rapid turnaround with application submissions and review resulted in the funding of 2 awards at $30,000 each before year’s end.
The successful applications for the seed funds were:
Professor Arash Kheradvar: Development of a Bio-Inspired Transcatheter Mitral Valve for Transapical Implantation
Professors Wendy Liu & Abe Lee: Immunomodulatory Materials for Bioabsorbable Stents. Given the interest in this coupled workshop and targeted pilot grant approach, the sponsors are working on organizing the event on an annual basis