The ASE Foundation has made its selection for the 2016 TOMTEC Innovator Research Travel Grant. The ASE Foundation received 57 applications for this year’s grant. Per the agreed upon criteria for this grant, applicants had to be under 40 years of age and have an abstract on one of the following research topics accepted for presentation at the ASE Scientific Sessions in Seattle:

  • Novel technologies (3D Echocardiography, Doppler and/or Strain Echocardiography)
  • Valvular Heart Disease
  • Ventricular Function

Investigators were invited to apply for the grant by providing a brief statement of need, as well as an innovation statement explaining why they think their project is novel or innovative. All applications were reviewed by Dr. Geoffrey Rose, ASE’s Scientific Sessions Abstract Chair, and Dr. Sunil Mankad, the Abstract Co-chair. The chairs have selected Andrea Montero, MD from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA as this year’s recipient. Dr. Montero presented the poster P1-01: Left Ventricular Rotational Indices in Children with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Unique Characteristics and Differences from Adults during Poster Session 1 (P1) on Sunday, June 12.

In selecting Dr. Montero for this grant, Dr. Rose said, “By applying advanced analytic techniques to left ventricular (LV) strain data, Dr. Montero’s work has identified complex aspects of LV function that may account for clinical differences between children with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and their adult counterparts. Her work not only underscores the imperative for evaluating the LV as a 3-dimensional structure if we are to truly understand its performance in states of both health and disease, but also it provides novel physiologic insights that may direct development of future strategies to improve LV performance.”