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1st Quarter Grants and Awards top $31 million

Published on Friday, October 29, 2021

By: Karen Bascom, kbascom@umc.edu

The University of Mississippi Medical Center garnered 102 new, continuing, transferred and revised grants and awards from July through September 2021, totaling $31,009,775. The following personnel received the largest new and competitive renewal awards during the quarter. Dollar values shown represent the first year of funding or the anticipated total funding for a multi-year award.

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Granger

Dr. Joey Granger, dean of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, received a five-year, $20 million competitive renewal from the National Institutes of Health for the “Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research.”






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Walters

Dr. Bradley Walters, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, received a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the NIH for the project, “The role of Pou4f3 in age-related vestibular dysfunction.”






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Freeman

Dr. Kevin Freeman, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, received a five-year, $2.2 million competitive renewal from the NIH for the project, “Deterrents for prescription opioid abuse.”







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Gibert

Dr. Yann Gibert, associate professor of cell and molecular biology, received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the NIH for the project, “Mechanisms responsible for tooth morphogenesis in vertebrates.”






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McKenzie

Dr. Kendall McKenzie, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, received $750,000 from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for the “STORK program.”








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Tang

Dr. Shou-Ching Tang, professor of medicine, received $740,350 for an industry-sponsored research agreement.








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Brock

Dr. Ben Brock, associate professor of medicine, received $495,700 and $106,607 for two industry-sponsored research agreements.








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Majithia

Dr. Vikas Majithia, professor of medicine, received $455,800 for an industry-sponsored research agreement.








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Sarver

Dr. Dustin Sarver, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, received $455,586 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the project, “MAGNOLIA: Expanding child and family integrated behavioral healthcare in Mississippi.”






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Henegan

Dr. Clark Henegan, associate professor medicine, received $450,000 from the NIH and Oregon Health and Science University for the “SWOG network group operations center of National Clinical Trials Network.”






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Robinson

Dr. Ashley Robinson, professor of microbiology and immunology, received a two-year, $426,250 grant from the NIH for the project, “Modeling the emergence of MRSA strains.”








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Vallender

Dr. Eric Vallender, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, received a two-year, $426,250 from the NIH for the project, “Host genetic variation affecting the microbiome.”






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Chen

Dr. Jian-Xiong Chen, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, received $387,500 from the NIH for the project, “Endothelial PHD2 in hypertensive vascular remodeling.”








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McElmurray

Dodie McElmurray, CEO of UMMC Grenada and Holmes County, received $297,174 from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the “UMMC Vaccine Confidence Project.”






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Long

Dr. Craig Long, associate professor of medicine, received $250,749 for an industry-sponsored research agreement.








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McAfee

Dr. Nicholas McAfee, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, received $240,107 from the Department of Education and the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning for the project, “Tele-mental health needs assessment for Mississippi public university schools.”






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Mosley

Dr. Thomas Mosley, director of The MIND Center, received $107,415 from the NIH and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for the project, “Prognostic implications of home-based blood pressure monitoring in older adults” and $53,394 from the NIH and Johns Hopkins University for the project, “Clinical relevance of glucose patterns in older adults.”






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Mo

Dr. Yin-Yuan Mo, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, received $155,000 from the Department of Defense for the project, “Role of the IncRNA-encoded peptides involved in kidney cancer.”






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Glover

Dr. Sarah Glover, professor of medicine, received $77,500 for an industry-sponsored research agreement and $69,487 from the NIH and Yale University for the project, “Repurposing pharmacological agents for inherited mast cell disorders of the gut.”






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Sims

Dr. Mario Sims, chief science officer for the Jackson Heart Study, received $126,461 from the NIH and Drexel University for the project, “Cardiometabolic risk development and management in changing neighborhoods: The Jackson Heart Study.”






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Marquart

Dr. Mary Marquart, professor of microbiology and immunology, received $93,438 from the NIH for the project, “An innovative device to rapidly dissolve microbial keratitis.”








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Spradley

Dr. Frank Spradley, assistant professor of surgery, received $88,180 for an industry-sponsored research agreement.








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Summers

Dr. Richard Summers, associate vice chancellor for research, received $87,000 from the Robert Hearin Foundation for the project, “Mayo COVID-19 biobank at UMMC.”








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Mouton

Dr. Alan Mouton, instructor in physiology and biophysics, received $77,000 from the AHA for the project, Role of macrophage metabolism in cardiac remodeling during metabolic syndrome.”






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Milner

Dr. Carter Milner, associate professor of medicine, received $67,000 for an industry-sponsored research agreement.








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Omoto

Dr. Ana Omoto, postdoctoral fellow in physiology and biophysics, received $66,926 from the American Heart Association for the project, “Cardiac protection by CNS leptin administration after ischemia/reperfusion.”






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Garla

Dr. Vishnu Garla, associate professor of medicine, received $51,404 for an industry-sponsored research agreement.








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Compretta

Dr. Caroline Compretta, assistant professor of preventive medicine, received $50,000 from the NIH and the University of Mississippi for the project, “Student-centered outcomes research experience.”