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CTSI Announces the 2018 Pilot Awardees

CTSI Announces the 2018 Pilot Awardees

The CTSI community has come together once again to work in partnership in interdisciplinary research teams to advance research discoveries that lead to improved 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. 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.

CTSI will fund 14 new traditional pilot research projects this year, supporting 23 Principal Investigators from 4 different institutions and an additional 31 Co-Investigators, representing all the CTSI partner institutions. Investigative teams are conducting a broad range of clinical and translational research including factors that contribute to cancer disparities, novel therapies and interventions for patients with congenital heart disease, and new approaches to treating children with IBS. Congratulations to this year’s awardees and their investigative teams. We look forward to following their progress.

2018 Traditional Pilot Award Research Projects PIs & Co-PIs

Pediatric SM – THINK (Self-Management Transition to Home Intervention): Nursing Intervention to Improve Hospital Discharge Outcomes | Stacee Lerret, PhD, (MCW); Norah Johnson, PhD (MU)

Microbial Dysbiosis and Gene Expression May Explain Disparate Health Outcomes in Ethnic Minorities | Panna Codner, MD; Lucas Torres, PhD (MU); Jennifer Knight, MD (MCW)

Optimizing Educational Outcomes for Patients with Congenital Heart Disease: School Intervention as a Component of Comprehensive Follow-up Care | Cheryl Brosig, PhD (MCW); Karen Stoiber, PhD, (UWM)

Dysphagia in Survivors of Mechanical Ventilation: Mechanisms and Novel Therapy | Rahul Nanchal, MD (MCW)

MYH6 variant effect on cardiomyocyte biomechanics and patient outcomes in Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome | Aoy Mitchell, PhD (MCW)

Translating Novel Diffusion MRI Markers of Chronic Spinal Cord Injury | Matthew Budde, PhD (MCW)

Neuropsychological & Neurobiological Markers of Attentional Control Fluctuations Associated with Anxiety | Adam Greenberg, PhD (UWM); Christine Larson, PhD (UWM); Edgar DeYoe, PhD (MCW)

CTSI Pilot Award: Translating Medical Reports For Patients | Bradley Crotty, MD, MPH (MCW); Jay Urbain, BS Eng., MSEE, MBA, PhD (MSOE)

Milwaukee Day Cares Indoor Air Quality Assessment and Educational Response Study | Joshua Steinberg, MD (MCW); Anne Dressel, PhD, CFPH, MLIS, MA (UWM)

Effect of Curcumin Food Supplement on Gut Microbiota in Children with Irritable Bowel Syndrome | Manu Sood, MD (MCW)

Nitric oxide administration during pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass surgery to prevent platelet activation | Robert Niebler, MD (MCW)

Functional Assessment of Concussion Tool (FACT) Development | Danny Thomas, MD, MPH (MCW)

Ensemble Learning Integrated with Cancer Survivor Intervention Trials (ELICiT) for understanding the factors contributing to cancer disparities in underserved populations such as African American and Hispanic breast cancer survivors. | Anjishnu Banerjee, PhD, MS, MStat, BStat (MCW)

Total Cell-Free Deoxyribonucleic Acid (total cf-DNA) as a predictor of severity of illness and outcome following pediatric cardiac surgery | Michael Mitchell, MD (MCW); John (Jake) Scott, MD (MCW)

Support for the 2018 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.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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