University of Mississippi Medical Center researchers garnered 52 grants - including 30 new, 20 renewal (one competing renewal), one supplemental and one transfer - from January-March totaling $4,599,667.
The following faculty obtained the largest new awards during the first quarter of 2015 (note: award amounts are calculated as annual figures):
Dr. James K. Rowlett, professor of psychiatry, received a $346,938 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the project, "Anxiolytic Effects and Abuse of BZ Receptor Ligands."
Dr. Romain Harmancey, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, received a $240,720 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for the project, "Unexpected Consequences of Insulin Resistance for the Heart."
Dr. Merry L. Lindsey, professor of physiology and biophysics, received a $195,787 sub-grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in conjunction with the University of California, Los Angeles, for the project, "A Community Effort to Translate Protein Data to Knowledge: An Integrated Platform."
Dr. Wu Zhou, professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences, received a $190,625 grant from the National Eye Institute for the project, "Horizontal Rectus Muscle Forced During Combined Eye Head Gaze Shifts."
Dr. Michael A. Puskarich, assistant professor of emergency medicine, received a $189,843 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for the project, "Platelet Activation in Septic Shock."
Dr. Yonggang Ma, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, received a $77,000 grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) for the project, "Neutrophil Polarization in Post-Myocardial Infarction Cardiac Remodeling."
Dr. Michael Griswold, professor of biostatistics, received a $62,776 sub-grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities in conjunction with the University of Michigan for the Michigan Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities.
Dr. Brian B. Borg, associate professor of digestive diseases, received a $46,856 pharmaceutical company award for an industry clinical trial.
Dr. Kristi A. Henderson, assistant professor of emergency medicine, received a $46,376 grant from the Delta Regional Authority for the Telehealth Training Program.
Dr. Donna Platt Rowlett, associate professor of psychiatry, received a $46,210 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism for the project, "GABA-A Receptor Subtype Mechanisms in Nonhuman Primate Models of Alcohol Abuse."
Dr. Jeffrey Brown, assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and pathology in the School of Dentistry, received a $30,000 Mississippi State Department of Health grant for the project, "Advanced Dental Services for PLWHA Eligible for RW Part B."
Dr. Robert Cox, professor of emergency medicine, received a $27,123 grant from the Denver Health and Hospital Authority for the Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-Related Surveillance System.
Ellen Gillis, a graduate assistant in the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Sasser, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, received a $26,000 AHA grant for the project, "Elucidating Mechanisms Responsible for the Pathogenesis of Preeclampsia Using the Dahl Salt Sensitive Rat as a Novel Model of Preeclampsia."
Dr. Bolaji Famuyide, associate professor of pediatric neonatology, received a $16,531 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in conjunction with the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi for "Right! From the Start, NICU Breastfeeding Project."
Dr. Thomas S. Helling, professor of surgery, received a $15,800 pharmaceutical company award for an industry clinical trial.
Dr. Mario Sims, associate professor of medicine at the Jackson Heart Study, received a $14,329 NIH sub-grant in conjunction with the University of Michigan for the Center of Excellence on MHHD: Bridging Social and Biological Factors.
Dr. Luis A. Juncos, professor of nephrology, received a $13,125 pharmaceutical company award for an industry clinical trial.
Dr. Nitin Gupta, assistant professor of digestive diseases, received a $12,066 pharmaceutical company award for an industry clinical trial.
Dr. Craig Long, assistant professor of cardiology, received a $10,000 pharmaceutical company award for an industry clinical trial.