CTSI Announces the 2016 Pilot Awardees
The CTSI scientific community has come together once again to work in partnership in interdisciplinary research teams to enhance discoveries leading to better treatments and cures for today’s medical threats. CTSI seeks to cultivate inter-institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration between clinical and basic biomedical scientists, social scientists, ethicists, engineers, biostatisticians, informatics specialists, and all members of clinical health care delivery teams.
CTSI will fund 13 new research projects through its Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program, including one that reflects a vibrant new partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Cardiovascular Center (CVC) to support cardiovascular clinical and translational science research. This year’s investigative teams will conduct a broad range of clinical and translational research including: the development of app technology for patent to self-manage their symptoms and improve communication with their care team; investigation of cortical structure and function performance as possible mediators in stroke survivors; evaluation of EPR spectroscopy as a diagnostic tool for mitochondrial disease; understanding the effect of concussion on sensorimotor function in children; and much more.
New this year, the CTSI Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program has implemented a mechanism to increase the outcomes of pilot project through the CTSI Pilot Mobility Awards. The CTSI Pilot Mobility Awards will leverage NIH dollars and institutional resources in meritorious cases to provide further support to pilot projects funded in the previous year. This year we have awarded two CTSI Pilot Mobility projects: One will examine the feasibility of performing and comparing two methods of nutritional intake (24 hour food recall obtained by FaceTime and Mobile Food Record computer application) in children with special needs (SN). The other will further examine the predictive value of brief personality measures after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI), with focus on a dimensional metric of somatic symptoms that is agnostic to medical and psychiatric diagnosis.
CTSI funded pilot projects aim to create synergy through interdepartmental and inter-institutional collaboration and are specifically designed to lead to major future research support (i.e., PPG, SCORE, or large multi-PI interdisciplinary RO1 projects). The studies will explore the multidisciplinary and clinical potential of promising mechanistic findings that have the potential to be translated into improvements to clinical practice and community health.
The CTSI Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies Program advocates, facilitates and fosters the continuum of research from bench to bedside and from bedside to community practice.
Support for the 2016 Pilot Award Program comes from Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Research and Education Program (AHW REP) and is supported by grant UL1TR001436 from the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program of the National Center for Research Resources and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.