From L to R: Dr. Bill Geerts, Dr. Susan Kahn and Dr. Robert McLafferty. Photo credit: Vascular Disease Foundation.

On September 14 and 15 2011, the Venous Disease Coalition (VDC) presented its annual research awards at the Vascular Disease Foundation’s eighth annual meeting in Washington. The awards recognize the important research relevant to the understanding and/or treatment of venous diseases.

The awards for studies published in 2010 in peer-reviewed medical literature are made in three distinct categories, including Basic Science, Clinical Outcomes and Quality Improvement and Implementation of Best Practices. The winning studies must provide important or novel insights for each category.

The 2011 Clinical Outcomes Research Award was presented to Dr. Susan Kahn (Kahn SR, Shrier I, Shapiro S, et al) for her group research entitled “Six-month exercise training program to treat post-thrombotic syndrome: a randomized controlled two-centre trial.” (Canadian Medical Association Journal 2011; 183:37).

Dr. Susan Kahn is a Professor of Medicine and an Associate Member of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University. She completed a MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University and currently heads the Epidemiology of Thromboembolism Unit within the centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community Studies at the Jewish General Hospital, where she is also Director of the Multidisciplinary Thrombosis Clinic. Dr. Kahn is the Chair of the CIHR Randomized Controlled Trials Grants Committee. Dr. Kahn’s clinical interests are focused on diagnosis, prevention, treatment and screening issues relating to thrombotic disorders. Her research interests include etiologic mechanisms and outcomes of thromboembolism.

To view the original press release issued by the Venous Disease Coalition (in English), click here.

For more information about the Venous Disease Coalition and its 2011 Research Award Winners, visit their website.