Nov. 15, 2018

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UMMC's July-Sept. grants, awards exceed $17M

The Medical Center garnered 66 new, renewed and continuing grants and awards during July-Sept. 2018 totaling $17,018,919.

The following faculty and administrators received the largest new grants and awards during the quarter. Dollar values are shown as annual figures for the first year of funding:

Walters
Walters

Dr. Bradley Walters, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, received a $775,467 grant from the Office of Naval Research for the project, “Zeiss 880 Confocal with Airyscan to Study Auditory/Vestibular Function” and a $54,250 grant from the National Institutes of Health for the project, “Molecular Determinants of Cell Fate in the Inner Ear.”

 

 

 

 

McNaull
McNaull

Dr. Melissa McNaull, associate professor of pediatrics, received $307,129 for an industry-sponsored research agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tang

Dr. Shou-Ching Tang, professor of medicine, received $246,552 for an industry-sponsored research agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

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Zhu

Dr. Hong Zhu, professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences, received a $232,303 grant from the National Institutes of Health for the project, “A Novel Animal Model of Blast-induced Vestibular Deficits.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Amankonah

Dr. Thomas Amankonah, associate professor of medicine, received $138,880 for an industry-sponsored research agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lindsey

Dr. Merry Lindsey, professor of physiology and biophysics, received $85,600 for an industry-sponsored research agreement and a $51,844 grant from the AHA for the project, “Metabolic Dysfunction and Hypertension Effects on Post-MI Macrophage Physiology.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Wilkinson

Dr. Kelly Wilkinson, assistant professor of medicine, received $133,095 for an industry-sponsored research agreement.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chade

Dr. Alejandro Chade, professor of physiology and biophysics, received a $100,000 grant from the American Heart Association for the project, “Selective Renal Targeting to Counteract Inflammation in Chronic Kidney Disease Via Kidney-specific Delivery Technology.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Freeman

Dr. Kevin Freeman, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, received a $57,599 subcontract from the NIH and ElSohly Laboratories for the project, “An Opioid/Cannabinoid Analgesic that Boosts Pain Relief and Blocks Opiate Reward.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Cunningham

Dr. Mark Cunningham, instructor of pharmacology and toxicology, received a $77,000 grant from the AHA for the project, “Inflammation and Oxidative Stress in the Heart and Brain During Pregnancy and in Postpartum Rats with Placental Ischemia.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Simino

Dr. Jeannette Simino, assistant professor of data science, received a $55,444 subcontract from the NIH and University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston for the project, “Trans-omics Analysis to Unravel Molecular Underpinnings of Heart, Lung and Blood Disease Risk Factors.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Spankovich

Dr. Christopher Spankovich, assistant professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences, received a $55,000 grant from the American Otological Society for the project, “Cool Vestibular Caloric as a Novel Approach to Prevention of Drug-induced Hearing Loss.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Bakrania

Dr. Bhavisha Bakrania, postdoctoral fellow in physiology and biophysics, received a $54,316 grant award from the AHA from the project, “Soluble Guanylyl Cyclase as a Therapeutic Target for Preeclampsia.”

 

 

 

 

 

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spurzem

Dr. John Spurzem, professor of medicine, received a $54,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the project, “Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Staphylococcus Aureus Proteases and Toxins in CF Exacerbations.”

 

 

 

 

 

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davis

Gwen Davis, Ph.D. student in physiology and biophysics, received a $28,300 grant from the American Physiological Society for the project, “Increased Blood Pressure in the Aging IUGR Female Rat.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Younes

Subhi Younes, M.D./Ph.D. student in physiology and biophysics, received a $26,844 grant from the AHA for the project, “The Role of Anti-angiogenic Factors in Cerebrovascular Dysfunction of Preeclampsia.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Wolf

Victoria Wolf, Ph.D. student in physiology and biophysics, received a $26,844 grant from the AHA for the project, “Impact of Immunosuppression on Estrogens, Hypertension and the Kidney During Autoimmune Disease.”