On May 4, 2014, The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation celebrated the 9th Annual Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Walk in San Francisco. Over 500 participants gathered to raise awareness and funds to support TAAF's research, educational outreach, and programs.
On the same day, TAAF established the first ever National Aneurysm and AVM Walk Day. Survivors, caregivers, and community members fundraised and walked in solidarity in their own neighborhoods across the country.
Walkers from 17 different states and countries helped to raise awareness and funds on May 4. More information coming soon.
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TAAF is excited to announce the recipient of the 2014 Cerebrovascular Research Grant award:
Research Study: Rapid Quantification of Aneurysm Flow and Device-Induced Flow Changes for Real-Time Analysis During Treatment
Principal Investigator: Aichi Chien, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Aneurysms that occur in certain locations can be difficult to treat by clipping and large and wide-neck aneurysms cannot be completely blocked off with coils. Recently a new treatment device–the flow-diverting stent (FDS)–was introduced to prevent rupture. However, clinical results have shown considerable variation in FDS treatment outcome as well as procedure-related complications. It is currently unclear why these complications occur.
The objective of Dr. Chien’s research is to develop a tool to analyze aneurysm blood flow by measuring an injected contrast agent flow. This measurement tool will provide physicians with a wealth of currently inaccessible and objective flow information with which to make informed treatment decisions.
These findings may be immediately relevant to clinical treatment by explaining how blood flow affects FDS outcome and complications. The availability of this real-time blood flow information can improve the use of devices and reduce stroke, patient mortality, and other complications.
Learn more on our Research Grants page.
William L. Young, the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care at UCSF, founder and director of the Center for Cerebrovascular Research, a member of TAAF’s Board of Directors, and a pioneer of cerebrovascular research passed away on August 1, 2013. Dr. Young’s career was largely devoted to the care of patients with vascular malformations and the study of AVMs. He built an extensive research portfolio, including TAAF's first grant to study gene expression in AVM patients.
TAAF is proud to maintain Dr. Young's legacy through the William L. Young Endowment Fund to recognize, honor, and promote excellence in research.
More information about the award for excellence in research coming soon.
To contribute the fund, click "DONATE" above and select The William L. Young Endowment Fund from the designation menu.
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