Grants and Awards July - Sept. surpass $27MPublished on Thursday, December 14, 2017The University of Mississippi Medical Center garnered 99 new and renewed grants and awards during July through September 2017, totaling $27,174,811.The following faculty, administrators and trainees received the largest new grants and awards during the quarter. Dollar values are shown as annual figures.SummersDr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, received a $1,433,870 award from the Robert Hearin Foundation for the project, “UMMC-Mayo Clinical Research and Trials Collaborative.”JuncosDr. Luis Juncos, professor of medicine, received $579,500 and $565,820 for two industry-sponsored research agreements.Deirdre Rogers, director of the UMMC and Mississippi Cancer Registry, received a $750,000 award from the Department of Health and Human Services for the project, “Implementing, enhancing and sustaining the Mississippi Cancer Registry.”AdcockMichael Adcock, executive director of the Center for Telehealth, received a $600,000 award from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project, “Telehealth Center of Excellence.”RockholdDr. Robin Rockhold, deputy academic affairs officer, received a $536,940 award from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation for the project, “Mississippi Academy for Simulation Training (MAST) program.” RowlettDr. James Rowlett, professor of psychiatry and human behavior, received a $497,519 award from the National Institutes of Health for the project, “Tolerance and physical dependence after chronic benzodiazepine treatment.” Konkle-ParkerDr. Deborah Konkle-Parker, professor of medicine, received a $478,583 award from the Department of HHS for the project, “Provision of treatment for substance use disorders and mental health disorders in Mississippi to reduce transmission and improve clinical outcomes in people living with HIV.” FouquierDr. Kate Fouquier, associate professor of nursing, received a $439,145 award from the HRSA for the project, “Nurse education, practice, quality and retention – interprofessional collaborative practice.” SpurzemDr. John Spurzem, professor of medicine, received $211,870 and $198,020 for two industry-sponsored research agreements. BeechDr. Bettina Beech, dean of the School of Population Health, received a $401,982 award from the Bower Foundation for the project, “Executive master’s degree in population health management.” GeorgeDr. Eric George, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, received a $381,250 award from the NIH for the project, “A novel therapy for pre-eclampsia.” HidalgoDr. Jose Miguel-Hidalgo, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, received a $381,250 grant from the NIH for the project, “Astrocyte gap junctions, myelin integrity and depression-like behaviors.” WaltersDr. Bradley Walters, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, received a $324,063 award from the NIH for the project, “Molecular determinants of cell fate in the inner ear” and a $55,000 award from the American Otological Society for the project, “Brn3c as a novel target for auditory hair cell regeneration.” LongDr. Robert Long, associate professor of medicine, received $333,560 and $36,513 for two industry-sponsored research agreements. CorneliusDr. Denise Cornelius, assistant professor of emergency medicine, received $248,999 for the project, “Hypertension and Inflammation.” WilsonDr. Melanie Wilson, professor of microbiology and immunology, received a $248,412 award from the National Science Foundation for the project, “Leukocyte immune type receptors: gene structure and function.” HildebrandtDr. Drew Hildebrandt, associate professor of surgery, received a $246,103 subcontract from the Department of Defense and Hybrid Plastics for the project, “Evaluation of POSS in hemostasis and wound care.” WangDr. Junming Wang, professor of pathology, received a $222,813 award from the NIH for the project, “Long non-coding RNAs in alcohol-induced neural cell death.” JoseyDr. David Josey, associate professor of pediatrics, received $200,080 for an industry-sponsored research agreement. MenaDr. Leandro Mena, professor and chair of population health science, received $88,184 for an industry-sponsored research agreement and a $74,410 subcontract from the HRSA and Mississippi State Department of Health for the project, “Ryan White HIV care and services for MSDH clinics – early intervention service.” TaylorDr. Mary Taylor, professor and chair of pediatrics, received $144,840 for an industry-sponsored research agreement. JonesDr. Alan Jones, professor and chair of emergency medicine, received an $86,274 subcontract from the NIH and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for the project, “Vitamin D to improve outcomes by leveraging early treatment (VIOLET) Study” and a $56,000 subcontract from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the University of Washington for the project, “Comparing outcomes of drugs and appendectomy (CODA).” GriggsDr. Jason Griggs, associate dean of the School of Dentistry, received a $99,360 award from the HRSA for the project, “Dental faculty loan repayment.” GarrettDr. Michael Garrett, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, received $87,687 for an industry-sponsored research agreement. SarverDr. Dustin Sarver, assistant professor of pediatrics, received an $83,324 award from the HRSA for the project, “Behavioral health workforce education and training program.” HarkeyDr. Louis Harkey, professor and chair of neurosurgery, received $81,424 for an industry-sponsored research agreement. BerginDr. Patrick Bergen, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, received a $59,723 subcontract from PCORI and Johns Hopkins University for the project, “PREVENT CLOT study.” TaylorDr. Erin Taylor, instructor of physiology and biophysics, received a $57,066 award from the NIH for the project, “Autoantibodies and the pathogenesis of hypertension in systemic lupus.” ClemmerDr. John Clemmer, instructor of physiology and biophysics, received a $52,216 award from the American Heart Association for the project, “Computational modeling and predictive analytics to improve the treatment of resistant hypertension in African-Americans.” FosterElizabeth Foster, project manager for Batson Children’s Hospital, received a $50,000 award from Kohl’s, Inc. for the project, “Kohl’s Fit Kids.” Dr. Kevin Zand, house officer in radiology, received a $33,000 award from the RSNA Research and Education Foundation for the project, “Comparative effectiveness of noninvasive imaging tests for staging chronic liver disease.”Ramana Vaka, Ph.D. student in medical pharmacology, received a $26,844 award from the AHA project, “The role of NK cells as mediators of mitochondrial oxidative stress in response to placental ischemia.” His mentor is Dr. Babbette LaMarca, professor of pharmacology and toxicology.