2nd Year UW Medical Student Wins RSNA Medical Student Grant

Posted on April 2010

Warren Chang (left) with Dr. Turski at WIMR

Warren Chang, a second year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is a recipient of the 2010 RSNA Medical Student Grant, supporting translational research he is doing with Dr. Patrick Turski in the Department of Radiology. His proposal, entitled “Low Wall Shear Stress Promotes Atherosclerotic Plaque Progression: A Pilot Clinical Study Using High Resolution PC-MR Velocimetry” uses revolutionary new techniques in magnetic resonance angiography developed by researchers in the Department of Medical Physics at UW-Madison and the University of Freiburg, Germany. The methods identify pathologic flow conditions in patients with atherosclerotic disease and brain aneurysms. The goal of the research is to identify patients at risk for strokes using non-invasive techniques. The proposal is part of a larger NIH project entitled “Functional Magnetic Resonance Angiography” in which Dr. Turski and collaborators are exploring several methods to image flow physiology. Chang will be presenting his research at national and international meetings in Texas, Sweden, and Boston this year and is very excited to have the opportunity to continue projects that he has been working on for the past two years with faculty mentors in the Departments of Radiology and Medical Physics. “I really feel like I’m on the cutting edge of research working here at UW. The resources available here in Radiology and Medical Physics are amazing, and I’ve been able to brainstorm research proposals with my mentors and turn them into real research projects. Here, it really feels like you’re really able to contribute to the overall body of knowledge in the field.”