May grants, awards surpass $4.3 millionPublished on Monday, June 22, 2015Published on June 22, 2015University of Mississippi Medical Center researchers garnered 22 grants - including 13 new, seven renewal and two startups for industry clinical trials - in May totaling $4,318,215.The following faculty obtained the largest new awards during the month (note: award amounts are calculated as annual figures):Duhe Dr. Roy Duhe, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, received a $250,000 grant from PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute) for the 70X2020 Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative.Elkin Dr. David Elkin, professor of psychiatry, received a $250,000 grant from a private foundation for the CAY (Center for Advancement of Youth) Phase II Expansion.Mo Dr. Yin-Yuan Mo, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, received two grants of $114,375 each from the U.S. Department of Defense: one for the project, "Identification of Androgen Receptor-Specific Enhancer RNAs," and one for the project, "Systematic Identification of Genes Required for Expression of Androgen Receptor Splice Variants."Konkle-Parker Dr. Deborah Konkle-Parker, professor of medicine, received a $53,135 grant from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the National Institute of Mental Health for the project, "Mechanisms and Longitudinal Effects of HIV Related Stigma on Women's Adherence and Outcomes."Alexander Dr. Barbara Alexander, professor of physiology and biophysics, and John Dasinger, a graduate assistant in the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, received a $26,000 grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) for the project, "Low Birth Weight and Women's Cardiovascular Health."Tandon Dr. Ritesh Tandon, assistant professor of microbiology, and Bernadette Derussy, a graduate assistant in the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, received a $26,000 AHA grant for the project, "Roles of pUL77 and pUL93 in Human Cytomegalovirus Maturation."Wilson Dr. James Wilson, professor of physiology and biophysics, received a $17,081 grant from Brown University and the AHA for project, "Genome Wide Analysis of Gene-Diet Interactions in Vascular Outcomes."O'Callaghan Dr. Richard O'Callaghan, professor of microbiology, received a $10,720 contract from a laser technology company for a research agreement.