November

UMMC July-Sept. grants exceed $26.3 million

Published on Thursday, November 3, 2016

Published on November 03, 2016

Medical Center faculty and students garnered $26,277,907 from 23 grants and awards from July through September 2016.

The following individuals obtained the largest awards during the period (note: amounts are calculated as total anticipated figures through the indicated duration of the award):

Dr. James Wilson, professor of physiology and biophysics, received a five-year, $19,856,370 cooperative agreement award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for the project, “Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research,” and a three-year, $295,552 subaward agreement from the University of Washington and National Institutes of Health for the project, “Community-Based Evaluation of APOL1 Genetic Testing in African Americans.”

 


 

 

Dr. Frederick Barr, professor of pediatrics, and Dr. Robert Annett, professor of pediatrics, received a four-year, $1,921,500 cooperative agreement award from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health And Human Development for the project, “Mississippi Pediatric Clinical Trial Network.”

 


 

Dr. Amol Janorkar, associate professor of biomedical materials science, received a four-year, $1,385,944 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the project, “3D Spheroid Model of Adipose Pathophysiology.”

 


 

Dr. Lique Coolen, professor of physiology and biophysics, received a three-year, $753,697 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for the project, “Determining Sensory Plasticity and Developing Recovery for Sexual Dysfunction in Chronic Spinal Cord Injured Male Rats.”

 


 

Dr. Bernadette Grayson, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, received a three-year, $738,083 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for the project, “Metabolic disease in a clinically-relevant rodent model of spinal cord injury.”

 


 

Dr. Jia Long Zhuo, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, received a one-year, $381,250 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for the project, “The Na+/H+ Exchanger 3, Pressure Natriuresis, and Hypertension.”

 


 

Dr. Drazen Raucher, professor of biochemistry, received a one-and-a-half-year, $199,992 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project, “Thermally Targeted Biopolymers for the Delivery of Anticancer Drugs.”

 


 

Dr. Eric George, assistant professor of biochemistry, received a two-year, $154,000 grant from the American Heart Association for the project, “Novel Therapy for Preeclampsia.”

 


 

Dr. Denise Cornelius, instructor in emergency medicine, received a one-year, $136,210 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for the project, “Hypertension and Inflammation.”

 


 

Dr. Frank Spradley, instructor in surgery, received a one-year, $89,221 grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for the project, “Effect of obesity on antiangiogenic and inflammatory mechanisms mediating hypertension during pregnancy.”

 


 

Dr. Alan Jones, professor of emergency medicine, received a four-year, $80,000 subaward agreement from the University of Michigan and the National Institutes of Health for the project, “L-Carnitine Pharmacometabolomics in Sepsis (CaPS).”

 


 

Dr. Bettina Beech, dean of the School of Population Health, received a one-year, $49,552 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for the project, “A Disparities Paradox? Food Insecurity and Obesity Among Vulnerable Populations.”

 


 

Dr. John Spurzem, professor of medicine, received a one-year, $47,810 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the project, “CFF Care Centers - 35/202 Adult Care Center.”

 


 

Ashley Newsome, an M.D./Ph.D. student in physiology and biophysics, received a two-year, $31,982 fellowship award from the National Institutes of Health for the project, “Low Birth Weight, Blood Pressure, and Kidney Disease.” Her mentor is Dr. Barbara Alexander, professor of physiology and biophysics.

 


 

Dr. Xinchun Zhou, assistant professor of pathology, received a one-year, $30,000 award from the UMMC Intramural Research Support Program for the project, “The role of cholesterol esters in progression and racial disparity of prostate cancer.”

 


 

Dr. Keli Xu, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, received a one-year, $30,000 award from the UMMC Intramural Research Support Program for the project, “Roles of Lunatic Fringe in Putative Cell of Origin and Cancer Stem Cells of Pancreatic Cancer.”

 


 

Kasi McPherson, a Ph.D. student in medical pharmacology, received a one-year, $27,576 fellowship award from the National Institutes of Health for the project, “The role of ET-1 in lipid accumulation during the development of glomerular injury associated with MetS.” Her mentor is Dr. Jan Michael Williams, associate professor of pharmacology and toxicology.

 


 

Dr. Anderson Collier, associate professor of pediatrics, received a one-year, $25,000 subaward agreement from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute for the project, “Home or Away from Home: Comparing Clinician and Patient/Family-Centered Outcomes.”