SIO Research Grants

    We are very pleased that through the generosity of BTG, SIO has been able to fund the most meritorious, cutting-edge research that combines the strengths of interventional oncology and immuno-oncology—two disciplines that hold great promise for improving cancer therapy. The grant recipients were recognized in the welcoming address at the World Congress of Interventional Oncology in Boston on 8th June, 2017.

    The investigators and project proposals that have been awarded grants are:


    Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois

    Project Title:  Investigating the Immunobiology of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Patients undergoing Y90 Radioembolization

    Rafael Duran, MD
    Attending – Full time Interventional Radiologist
    Department of Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology
    Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois

    Lana Kandalaft, Pharm.D, Ph.D, MTR
    Director of the Center of Experimental Therapeutics
    CHUV & Ludwig Cancer Research Branch


    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Project Title: A Pilot Study of Cryoablation Combined with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy in Patients with PD-1 Refractory Metastatic Melanoma: Prospective Clinical Research and Correlative Laboratory Studies

    Florian J. Fintelmann, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital

    Ryan J. Sullivan, MD
    Assistant in Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center


    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Project Title: T-Cell Clonality and Cancer Neoantigen Presentation Following Interventional Oncology (IO) Therapies: Which IO Techniques Optimally Stimulate the Immune System?

    Joseph P. Erinjeri, MD, PhD
    Associate Attending Interventional Radiology Services
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Nadeem Riaz, MD, MSc
    Assistant Attending, Department of Radiation Oncology
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


    University of Pennsylvania

    Project Title: TAEVax: Immunobiologic Treatment Effects of Embolization in a Rat HCC Model

    Stephen Hunt, MD, PhD
    Clinical Instructor A
    Director,Penn Image-Guided Interventions Lab
    University of Pennsylvania

    David Kaplan, MD, MPH
    Director of Hepatology
    Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center


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