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NOSCAR™ Announces 2008 NOTES™ Research Award Winners

$500,000 in grants funded by Olympus Medical Systems

OAK BROOK, Ill., September 12, 2008 -The Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research™ (NOSCAR™), a joint effort of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), announce the 2008 NOSCAR™ Research Award winners. The funds, granted through Olympus Medical Systems’ Olympus Research Fund, will be distributed among 14 grant recipients supporting 16 research projects in the emerging transdisciplinary therapy known as Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery™ (NOTES™), an approach that could ultimately represent a major paradigm shift in minimally invasive therapy and patient care.  NOSCAR™ received 32 grant applications for the $500,000 in research funds. 

“We received an outstanding response for research funding reflecting the momentum this revolutionary technique has created,” said Michael L. Kochman, MD, FASGE, NOSCAR™ Research Subcommittee co-chair. “These grant recipients are conducting research that is pointing us to the next phase in the evolution of the NOTES™ procedure, which is multicenter human studies.”

The first NOSCAR™ Research Awards were announced in 2006. Since that time, 56 grants have been awarded. Recipients of the 2008 awards are conducting research in both animal models and humans.

Past NOSCAR™ Research Award winners recently presented data from their projects at the 3rd International Conference on NOTES™ held in San Francisco, Calif., July 10-12, 2008. Presentations included research on improving patient safety and multidisciplinary team efficiency, the physiologic and immunologic impact of NOTES™, drainage of abdominal abscesses, and gastric leak testing, among others. The Olympus Research Fund established in 2007 has already supported nine studies producing results that are advancing the understanding and applications of this innovative technique.

“NOSCAR™ is grateful to Olympus Medical Systems for supporting NOTES™ research and helping to advance this minimally invasive technique,” said Steven Schwaitzberg, MD, NOSCAR™ Research Subcommittee co-chair.

“For the second consecutive year Olympus, a global leader in endoscopy and surgical procedures, is proud to support the pioneering effort of NOTES™ research,” said Haruhito Morishima, President, Olympus Medical Systems Corporation. “As a company committed to surgical innovation, we believe that funding the responsible, effective and safe development of this new modality may lead to an approach that could ultimately represent a major paradigm shift in minimally invasive therapy.”

Awards Supported by Olympus Medical Systems

Juliane Bingener-Casey, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Randomized Double-Blinded Trial Comparing Laparoscopy and Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery Procedures in a Porcine Model

B. Joseph Elmunzer, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Endoscopic Full Thickness Resection of Gastric Lesions Using a Novel Grasp-and-Snare Technique: Evaluation in a Porcine Survival Model

Jeffrey Hazey, MD, Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, OH
Feasibility of Diagnostic Translumenal Endoscopic Peritoneoscopy for Abdominal Insufflation, Adhesiolysis and Trocar Placement in Patients Who Require Laparoscopic Access

Michael Marohn, DO, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Immune & Baseline Alterations on the Physiologic Response to Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES™): A Comparison Between Human Transvaginal and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Erica Moran, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN – 2 Awards

1) Randomized Controlled Trial Evaluating NOTES™ Repair of Hollow Viscus Perforation
2) Assessment of Methodology and Extended Outcome of Submucosal Endoscopy with
Mucosal Flap (SEMF) Myotomy for Treatment of Achalasia

Kiyokazu Nakajima, MD, PhD, Osaka University School of Medicine, Osaka, Japan
Comprehension of Current Limitations in Endoscopic Automatic CO2 Insufflation: Towards Pure NOTES™

Brant K. Oelschlager, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Assessment of a Simple, Novel Endoluminal Method for Gastrotomy Closure in NOTES™

Adrian Park, MD, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, MD
Quantitative Ergonomic Assessment of  NOTES™ Techniques: A Study of Physical and Mental Workload,
Body Movement and Posture

Richard Rothstein, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Patient Quality of Life and Utility for Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery

For more information on this course, visit www.asge.org or call 630-573-0600.

About NOSCAR
Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery™ (NOTES™) might represent the next major advancement in minimally invasive therapy. To address this emerging technology, a working group consisting of expert laparoscopic surgeons from SAGES and a group of expert interventional endoscopists representing ASGE have joined together as the Natural Orifice Surgery Consortium for Assessment and Research™ (NOSCAR™) Working Group on NOTES™.
The growing capabilities of therapeutic flexible endoscopy have ushered in a new era in treatment of gastrointestinal conditions. Refinements in laparoscopic surgery have progressed to the point that complex surgical procedures, such as gastric bypass, can now be performed in a minimally invasive fashion. These trends have set the stage for the development of even less invasive methods to treat conditions in both the gut lumen and in the peritoneal cavity. It seems feasible that major intraperitoneal surgery may one day be performed without skin incisions. The natural orifices may provide the entry point for surgical interventions in the peritoneal cavity thereby avoiding abdominal wall incisions.  For more information, visit www.noscar.org.

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