Recognizing the Future of Radiology

Celebrating Bracco-Funded Innovators in Imaging

In Bracco Diagnostics Inc.’s ongoing exploration of the crucial role of grant funding in radiology, they highlighted their grant funding initiatives and shared the results of grant investments. Now, they’re shifting the focus to some of the company’s exceptional grant recipients.


Driven by their unwavering dedication to advancing patient care and pushing the boundaries of diagnostic imaging solutions, these esteemed researchers have made remarkable contributions to the field of radiology. Through their innovative work, they have reshaped the landscape of radiological research, leaving an indelible mark on the field. Here, Bracco celebrates their achievements and recognizes the lasting impact they have made in advancing the frontiers of radiology.


Meet 5 Exceptional Grant Recipients Who Are Shaping the Future of Radiology
Bracco firmly believes that grant funding serves as a catalyst for innovation in the dynamic field of imaging. However, it is the remarkable individuals who utilize the grant funding in their research that truly drive progress by tirelessly exploring uncharted territories to revolutionize patient care in radiology.


Here are five of the 34 grant recipients Bracco has supported in their investigations:


Evan Calabrese
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Evan D. Calabrese, MD, PhD

Duke University School of Medicine

  • Assistant Professor of Radiology, Duke
  • Neuroradiology
  • Bracco Diagnostics Inc./RSNA Research Resident Grant (2020 - 2021)


MR Imaging Deep Learning and Radiomics Features for Guiding Individualized Therapy in Diffuse Gliomas


Read Dr. Calabrese’s Grant Abstract


“My RSNA Resident Grant helped to accelerate my research projects and played a role in me receiving a research tract academic job as well as an early career development grant.”


John Chen
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John W. Chen, MD, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School

  • Director, Institute for Innovation in Imaging
  • Director, Imaging Clinical Trials
  • Associate Professor of Radiology
  • Bracco Diagnostics Inc./RSNA Research Resident Grant (2003 - 2004)


“Enzymatically Activated MR Molecular Imaging Agents for Imaging High-Risk Plaques in Atherosclerosis”


Read Dr. Chen's Research Abstract


“The RSNA Resident Grant allowed me to gather sufficient data to obtain several societal awards and an NIH K08 award. Subsequently, I was able to leverage the knowledge gained in the K08 into multiple R01s and additional grants from industry, societies, and the Department of


Jingfei Ma
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Jingfei Ma, PhD

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Professor of Imaging Physics
  • Director of the MR Applications Laboratory
  • Primary Physics support for the Abdominal & Breast MR sections
  • Bracco Diagnostics Inc./RSNA Research Scholar Grant (2004 - 2006)


“Differentiation between Benign and Malignant Vertebral Compression Fractures with Quantitative Diffusion and Fat MR Imaging”


Read Dr. Ma’s Grant Abstract


“My Research Scholar Grant was very helpful in getting my career started and obtaining subsequent research funding from other sources.”


Jeremy J. Heit
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Jeremy J. Heit, MD, PhD

Stanford Medicine

  • Assistant Professor of Radiology (Neuroimaging and Neurointervention) and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery
  • Interim Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University
  • Bracco Diagnostics Inc./RSNA Research Scholar Grant (2016 - 2018)


Resting State Spontaneous Fluctuations of the BOLD Signal for Penumbra Assessment in Endovascular Stroke Candidates


Read Dr. Heit’s Grant Abstract


“The topic studied in my Research Scholar Grant generated ideas for innumerable papers and contributed to my R01 grant.”


Yoo Jin Lee
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Yoo Jin Lee, MD

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

  • Assistant Professor, Radiology
  • Bracco Diagnostics Inc./RSNA Research Scholar Grant (2022 - 2024)


“Imaging of Active Myocardial Fibrosis Using 68 Ga-FAP-2286”


Read Dr. Lee’s Grant Abstract


“The RSNA Research Scholar Grant has been an invaluable resource in facilitating my data collection efforts to pursue multiple grant applications and has also sparked new ideas and avenues for further research. The RSNA Research Scholar Grant has truly been a catalyst for my success, propelling me forward and opening up exciting opportunities for future advancements in my research.”


Recognizing the Future of Our Industry One Grant Recipient at a Time
Each of these exceptional grant recipients represents just a small sample of the talented researchers supported by Bracco’s grant funding. With each grantee's distinct expertise and unwavering dedication, they have embarked on groundbreaking projects that have expanded the industry’s understanding of diagnostic imaging, propelled technological advancements, and improved patient outcomes.


The thousands-strong team at Bracco is proud to have had a part in supporting these exceptional grantees with their remarkable research efforts.



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