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Sept. 4, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DANVILLE, Pa. – Andres Moreno De Luca, M.D., a diagnostic radiology resident for Geisinger Health System (GHS) and faculty investigator for the Geisinger Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute, has been named a recipient of the B. Leonard Holman Research Pathway by the American Board of Radiology (ABR). He is the first Geisinger recipient of this national award, which is determined annually by the ABR to exceptional radiology trainees who have both strong clinical abilities and a background in and commitment to research.
Dr. Moreno De Luca is a first-year radiology resident at Geisinger, where he also completed a pediatrics internship last year. He is conducting research at Geisinger in genomics, neurosciences, behavioral health, rare diseases and pediatrics, and has had his research on the genetics of cerebral palsy and more recently developmental brain dysfunction published in The Lancet Neurology, a leading clinical neuroscience journal.
Specifically for his Holman Research Pathway application, Dr. Moreno De Luca proposed a project to identify imaging biomarkers for either the early diagnosis or monitoring of therapeutic interventions for a broad range of genetically-caused developmental disorders.
“The overall idea is to combine our efforts in neurogenetics with neuroimaging genomics to study individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders,” said Dr. Moreno De Luca. “If we can identify these genetic and neuroimaging biomarkers, we can more precisely determine how to treat these developmental disorders in people afflicted by them.”
“Dr. Moreno De Luca’s desire is to become a leading academic pediatric neuroradiologist with a primary research focus on neurodevelopmental/neurogenetic disorders,” said John F. Cardella, M.D., FSIR, FACR, FAHA, radiology chair and medical director of the radiology service line, GHS. “He is a hardworking and thoughtful young physician scientist who is eager to contribute to the field of academic radiology and possesses the requisite skills to have a very high likelihood of success.”
Dr. Moreno De Luca came to Geisinger from Emory University, Atlanta, where he conducted a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurogenetics with David H. Ledbetter, Ph.D., FACMG, who is now the executive vice president and chief scientific officer at GHS, as well as with Christa Lese Martin, Ph.D., who is now director of Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute. Ledbetter and Gregory J. Moore, M.D., Ph.D., vice chair of research and informatics, GHS radiology, serve as Dr. Moreno De Luca’s research mentors at Geisinger.
“The American Board of Radiology only awards six to eight of these per year nationally, and they primarily go to candidates at elite institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and Yale,” Ledbetter said. “For one of our resident and faculty investigators to receive this kind of national research award is a significant achievement that recognizes the quality of the research being performed at Geisinger.”
While there is no monetary award associated with the Holman Research Pathway, it provides the awardee access for resident research grant awards from the Radiological Society of North America. It also provides them additional time to focus on their research.
“The Holman Research Pathway is a remarkable opportunity and allows the recipient to spend a significant amount of time in research during their training in diagnostic radiology,” said Dr. Moore, a past recipient of a Holman Research Pathway. “It allows those with a deep commitment in research to not have to take a four- to five-year break during their clinical training, but maintain that research continuity.”
“There is currently great emphasis in radiology to develop and promote researchers in imaging. This recognition for one of our residents demonstrates Geisinger’s participation in this endeavor and makes our program one of interest to those seeking careers in academics and research,” added Anne P. Dunne, M.D., director of the radiology residency program, GHS.
About Geisinger Health System
Geisinger Health System is an integrated health services organization widely recognized for its innovative use of the electronic health record, and the development of innovative care models such as ProvenHealth Navigator® and ProvenCare®. As the nation’s largest rural health services organization, Geisinger serves more than 2.6 million residents throughout 44 counties in central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The physician-led system is comprised of more than 19,000 employees, including a 1,000-member multi-specialty group practice, six hospital campuses, two research centers and a 413,000-member health plan, all of which leverage an estimated $6.1 billion positive impact on the Pennsylvania economy. The health system and the health plan have repeatedly garnered national accolades for integration, quality and service. In addition to fulfilling its patient care mission, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or follow the latest Geisinger news and more on Twitter and Facebook.
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