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CyberHeart presents a publishing competition

Investigational Cardiac Radiosurgery

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$3,000

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CyberHeart is proud to collaborate with Cureus on the first publishing competition of its kind: Advanced Retrospective Studies for the Investigational Use of Non-invasive Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Cardiac Arrhythmia and Other Cardiovascular Conditions. We are seeking the following article submissions:

  • Case reports documenting clinical rationale, details, and outcomes
  • Technical reports focused on related radiation planning and motion management
  • Original articles analyzing cardiac radiobiology
  • Review articles analyzing cardiac radiosurgery applications and considerations

Cardiac arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia, can be treated effectively with catheter ablation (CA). However, many patients fail or cannot undergo CA due to inaccessible substrate or comorbidities. Non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery is being investigated for safety and effectiveness in targeting and ablating the left superior and inferior pulmonary veins. In limited feasibility clinical trials, preliminary outcomes under an IRB / FDA approved trial have observed early positive subject outcomes with no procedural complications. Investigational studies are ongoing.

This competition was designed to promote continued scientific discovery and knowledge sharing for this potential new frontier in the area of radiobiology for cardiac arrhythmia. All articles published as part of this competition will be indexed in PubMed Central and distributed to large communities of relevant clinicians around the globe. We encourage you to contribute!

Unrestricted educational grants for this competition have been provided by CyberHeart.

Competition Entries

The entry period is now closed. Competition entries appear below as they are published. Now is your chance to score and discuss these articles. Remember, a lone prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the highest-scoring article!

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6.8
July 20, 2016
Original Article

Treatment Planning Considerations for Robotic Guided Cardiac Radiosurgery for Atrial Fibrillation

Oliver Blanck, Svenja Ipsen, Mark K. Chan, Ralf Bauer, Matthias Kerl, Peter Hunold, Volkmar Jacobi, Ralf Bruder, Achim Schweikard, Dirk Rades, Thomas J. Vogl, Peter Kleine, Frank Bode, Jürgen Dunst
SIQ
6.8
July 26, 2016
Original Article

Analysis of Pulmonary Vein Antrums Motion with Cardiac Contraction Using Dual-Source Computed Tomography

Houda Bahig, Jacques de Guise, Toni Vu, Carl Chartrand-Lefebvre, Danis Blais, Martin Lebeau, Nhu-Tram Nguyen, David Roberge
SIQ
6.0
July 11, 2016
Original Article

A Treatment Planning Study of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Atrial Fibrillation

Ping Xia, Rupesh Kotecha, Naveen Sharma, Martin Andrews, Kevin L. Stephans, Carlos Oberti, Sara Lin, Oussama Wazni, Patrick Tchou, Walid I. Saliba, John Suh
SIQ
5.2
July 15, 2016
Original Article

Stereotactic Arrhythmia Radioablation (STAR) of Ventricular Tachycardia: A Treatment Planning Study

Lei Wang, Benjamin Fahimian, Scott G. Soltys, Paul Zei, Anthony Lo, Edward A. Gardner, Patrick J. Maguire, Billy W. Loo Jr.
SIQ
-.-
August 15, 2016
Case Report

Late Gadolinium Enhancement Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Post-robotic Radiosurgical Pulmonary Vein Isolation (RRPVI): First Case in the World

Edgar Monroy, Jose Azpiri, Cuauhtémoc De La Peña, Carlos Cardona, Miguel Hinojosa, Rafael Zamarripa, Jose Assad

Requirements

Competition entry and article submission is entirely free. All submitted work must be previously unpublished. Eligible entries include case reports, technical reports, review articles and original articles focusing on the continued scientific discovery of investigational cardiac radiosurgery.

All articles must be submitted and formatted via the template-driven, self-publishing Cureus platform. Authors are encouraged to include supporting animations and videos within their article submissions. Reference limits vary by article type. For additional information on publishing with Cureus, please refer to our Author Guide.

Statement of Independence 

  • Cureus Publishing Competitions are intended to encourage medical discovery, document clinical experiences – be they positive, negative, or neutral - and foster broader educational outreach through open access publication that is free to both authors and readers.
  • Article submissions must adhere to the described “call for articles” and are open to any and all related manufacturer or vendor technologies.
  • As a firewall to ensure objective and credible science, article selection, editorial review, peer review and publication are strictly independent of sponsoring company. 
  • Winning articles are determined exclusively via peer review panel and community crowdsourced scoring. Neither sponsoring company, nor Cureus, can determine competition outcome.

Other Stipulations

  • All clinical studies must be compliant with applicable regulatory, ethics / IRB, and other rules governing protection of human subjects.
  • All non-clinical studies must be compliant with applicable AAUC, AAALAC, and other related regulations.
  • This program is not intended to promote or otherwise encourage unapproved, un-cleared use of products or any product for unapproved new use.
  • This program in no way promotes or purports to encourage any research that is not in compliance with any local, federal, or other applicable governing laws.​
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Awards

A single $3,000 USD monetary prize will be awarded to the published article that receives the highest Cureus SIQ™ (Scholarly Impact Quotient™) score.

SIQ is Cureus’ unique crowdsourced, post-publication peer-review process. In addition to measuring engagement, SIQ allows the community-at-large to rate the quality of individual articles. Reviewers assign scores from 1 to 10 on criteria including clarity and rationale, clinical importance, study design and methods, data analysis, novelty of conclusions and quality of presentation.

Aggregated community SIQ scores allow clinicians and researchers to quickly assess quality in a manner similar to that of Amazon® and Yelp® community reviews.

As engagement and scoring is critical to winning, authors are highly encouraged to share their published articles via social media and email.

Peer Review Panel

We’ve assembled a world-class peer review panel to review all submitted articles. Click on a reviewer name to learn more.

Article analysis and commentary performed by the peer review panel are strictly independent of the sponsor.​

Billy W. Loo Jr.

Billy W. Loo Jr.

Associate Professor, M.D., Ph.D. | Radiation Oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University School of Medicine; Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, California, United States
Jiunn-Lee Lin

Jiunn-Lee Lin

Ph.D. | Cardiology

Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital
Taiwan Province, Taiwan, Province of China
Paul Zei

Paul Zei

M.D., Ph.D. | Cardiology

Cardiology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, California, United States
Georg A. Weidlich

Georg A. Weidlich

Ph.D., M.Sc. | Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology, National Medical Physics and Dosimetry Comp., Inc
Palo Alto, California, United States
Steve Axelrod

Steve Axelrod

Ph.D. | Internal Medicine: Gastroenterology

Executive Management, G-Tech Medical
Mountain View, California, United States
Arjun Sharma

Arjun Sharma

M.D. | Cardiology

Medical Safety, Boston Scientific
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Cliff Robinson

Cliff Robinson

M.D. | Radiation Oncology

Radiation Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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Key Dates

  • Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – Competition begins; articles may now be submitted.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016 – Article submission deadline @ 5:00 pm PT.
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2016 – Peer review of all eligible articles concludes @ 5:00 pm PT.
  • Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – Community post-publication review (SIQ) ends @ 5:00 pm PT.
  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – Winning articles announced; the winning author(s) will be contacted and formally announced on the Cureus website.