Participation in research has been an important part of the activities of the Interventional Radiology division at Albany Medical Center. We are regularly involved with presentations and exhibits at national radiology meetings. Interventional Radiology is a field that is constantly moving forward into unexplored areas for minimally invasive technology. As a result, we are highly dependent as a specialty on the performance of high-quality and forward-thinking research. It is expected that fellows actively participate in these activities during the year to gain exposure to research methodology, to gain experience for a possible career in academic medicine, and to understand the importance of research to the specialty of Interventional Radiology
The Interventional Radiology division frequently participates in single center and multicenter clinical trials. Fellows are expected to fully participate in these trials. At the present time, our active clinical trials are listed below:
- REDUCE HTN Global Pivotal Clinical Study: An Evaluation of Renal Denervation in the Treatment of Hypertension.
- SLENDER 1 STUDY: Feasibility and Early Safety of Gastric Artery Embolization in Decreasing Ghrelin Levels in Obese Patients: A Pilot Study.
- BEST PROTOCOL: Prospective, Randomized, Controlled Investigation of Prostate Artery Embolization with Embosphere Microspheres Compared to Transurethral Resection of the Prostate for the Treatment of Symptomatic Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.
- HIQUALITY TRIAL: Phase III Prospective Randomized Blinded and Controlled Investigation if Hepasphere/Quadrasphere Microspheres for Delivery of Doxorubicin for the Treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
- The Assessment of Pelvic Arterial Anatomy in Male Patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) using 64-slice CT Angiography.
Clinical trials are one component of a research program in Interventional Radiology. Investigator-initiated retrospective studies are important as well and contribute important information to the field. Besides participating in ongoing clinical trials, fellows should be prepared to initiate a retrospective study on the topic of their choosing. Topic ideas and methodology should be discussed with our attending staff and appropriate approvals from the IRB should be obtained before moving forward with retrospective research projects. All fellows gain training in research through the ONLINE University of Miami-CITI Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects.