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Pilot Projects

Funding for pilot projects

Director: Diana Milewicz, MD, PhD
Contact person: Tricia Hill-Thomas (Tricia.Hill-Thomas@uth.tmc.edu) 713-500-7923

The CCTS awards grants of up to $50,000 to be used over 1-2 years for new, unfunded, hypothesis-driven clinical and translational research studies. Faculty are eligible for funding.  Basic-sciences studies and studies for which the applicant currently has funding will not be considered.  Proposals that involve collaborative teams from several CCTS institutions/schools (UTHSC-H schools, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Hermann Hospital) are encouraged.  New investigators are encouraged to apply, and applications are also accepted from established investigators moving into new fields of endeavor in clinical and translational research.  (For information on additional funding for  PhD students, and instructors and assistant professors, see T32 and K12 Training Grants.)

APPLICATIONS FOR PILOT PROJECT FUNDING ARE NOT CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED

WATCH FOR THE NEXT APPLICATION DEADLINE.

2015 Awardees

NAME

AFFILIATION

PROJECT

Valentin Dragoi, PhD*

Neurobiology and Anatomy
UTHealth Medical School

New Optogenetics Tools for Dissecting Large-Scale Neuronal Circuits in Behaving Monkey

Refaat E. Gabr, PhD

Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
UTHealth Medical School

Patient Adaptive Scanning and Optimization of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Nicholas Justice, PhD*

Institute for Molecular Medicine
UTHealth Medical School

Transcriptomic Analysis of Corticotropin Releasing Factor (CRF) Neurons

Duck-Hee Kang, PhD, RN, FAAN

UTHealth School of Nursing

Cranial Stimulation for Symptom Reduction in the Palliative Care Setting

Richard J. Kulmacz, PhD

Internal Medicine, Hematology
UTHealth Medical School

Pilot Study of Cytochrome b Reductase 1 (CYBRD1) and Erythrocyte Antioxidant Defenses

Mike K. Liang, MD

Surgery
UTHealth Medical School

Patient-Reported Outcomes in Ventral Hernia Repair – A Qualitative Study

A.J. Marian, MD

Institute for Molecular Medicine
UTHealth Medical School

Cleaved Plasma MYBPC3 As a Biomarker for Acute Myocardial Infarction and Heart Failure

David W. Marshak, PhD*

Neurobiology and Anatomy
UTHealth Medical School

Structure and Function of G5 Retinal Ganglion Cells: A Connectomics Approach

Remesha Papanna, MD, MPH

OB/GYN
UTHealth Medical School

Umbilical Cord Outer Layer as a Regenerative Patch for In-Utero Spina Bifida Repair

Stephanie Planque, PhD

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UTHealth Medical School

Does HIV Develop Resistance to Antibodies Directed against a Linear CD4 Binding Site Epitope?

John Redell, PhD*

Neurobiology and Anatomy
UTHealth Medical School

Characterizing Disruptions in Neural Circuit Connectivity after Mild TBI

Nahid Rianon, MD, DRPh

Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
UTHealth Medical School

Association of Hip and Spine BMD with Trunk Fat Mass and Visceral Fat in an Older Diabetic Hispanic Population: A Pilot Study using CCHC Cohort Participants

Christophe P. Ribelayga, PhD*

Ophthalmology and Visual Science
UTHealth Medical Science

A Unique Neuron in the Retina Controls Visual Contrast Sensitivity

Claudio Soto, PhD*

Neurology
UTHealth Medical School

Production of a Human Cerebral Organoid Model of Alzheimer’s Disease

Qingchun Tong, PhD*

Institute for Molecular Medicine
UTHealth Medical School

Deconstructing the Neurocircuit from LH to PVN that Regulates Feeding and Obsessive Behaviors

*Joint program with the UTHealth Neuroscience Research Center’s Mini-BRAIN initiative.

2014 Awardees

NAME

AFFILIATION

PROJECT

Yeonseok Chung, PhD

Institute of Molecular Medicine
UTHealth Medical School

Interplay between Mast Cells and Type 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells in Chronic Rhino-sinusitis

Yi-Ping Li, PhD

Integrative Biology and Pharmacology
UT Health Medical School

Significance of UBR2 Elevation in the Muscle of Cancer Patients with Cachexia

Siddharth Prakash, MD PhD

Internal Medicine, Genetics
UTHealth Medical School

Genetic Risks for Bicuspid Aortic Valve Disease

Blanca Restrepo, PhD

UTHealth School of Public Health
Brownsville Regional Campus

Impact of the Glucose-Lowering Medication Metformin on Blood Monocyte Immune Responses to Tuberculosis in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Diane Santa Maria, DrPH, MSN, RN, APHN-BC

Nursing Systems
UTHealth School of Nursing

Pilot and Feasibility Testing of a Clinic-to-Community Translation of a Parent-Based Adolescent Sexual Health Intervention

2013 Awardees

NAME

AFFILIATION

PROJECT

Ibrahim Aboshady, MD
L. Maximillian Buja, MD
Issam Raad, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA

Cadiovascular Surgery,
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
UTHealth Medical School
Infectious Diseases,
UT MDACC

A Novel Triple Antimicrobial-Bonded Aortic Graft for the Prevention of Perioperative Aortic Infection

David G. Gorenstein, PhD
Kevin P. Rosenblatt, MD, PhD
David E. Volk, PhD
Anil K. Sood, MD
Menashe Bar-Eli, PhD
Pratip Bhattacharya, PhD
Gabriel Lopez-Berestein, MD*

Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering and Proteomics and Systems Biology,
UTHealth Medical School;
Gynecological Oncology, Cancer Biology, Experimental Diagnostic Imaging, and Experimental Therapeutics,
UT MDACC

Personalized X-Aptamer-Nanoparticle Therapeutics for Ovarian or Melanoma Cancers and a Novel Detection Mechanism

Ariadne Letra, DDS, MS, PhD
Renato Silva, DDS, MS

Endodontics,
UTHealth School of Dentistry
Pediatric Research Center,
UTHealth Medical School

Tooth Agenesis as a Clinical Marker for Cancer

Heinrich Taegtmeyer, MD, DPhil

Cardiology,
UT Medical School

Reversal of Lipotoxicity Following Bariatric Surgery

Karen J. Vigil, MD
Roberto C. Arduino, MD

Infectious Diseases,
Internal Medicine,
UTHealth Medical School

Variations in the Blood and GI Microbiome of non-HIV-Infected Subjects and the Impact of Use of Antiretroviral Therapy for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

Nadarjah Vigneswaran, BDS, DrMed Dent
Ann Gillenwater, MD, FACS

Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences,
UTHealth School of Dentistry;
Head and Neck Surgery,
UT MDACC

Autofluorescence Imaging and Quantitative Cytomorphometric Analysis of Oral Brush Biopsy for Early Detection of Oral Cancer in Fanconi Anemia Patients

*Multidisciplinary Research Program $125,000 awardee.

2010 Awardees

NAME

AFFILIATION

PROJECT

Timothy Ellmore, PhD*

Neurosurgery
UTHealth Medical School

Lateralizing Memory Function in Epilepsy Patients with Oxygen-Enhanced fMRI

Patricia Evans, MD*

Pediatrics
UTHealth Medical School

A Prototype Clinical Information Exchange to Improve Care and Reduce Costs for High-Risk Children

Camilo Jimenez, MD*

Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders
UT MDACC

Pilot Study of Clinical Validity of Veridex Cell Search™ Assay in Patients with Malignant Pheochromocytoma and Malignant Paraganglioma

Huiqi Qu, PhD*

UTHealth Public Health
Brownsville Regional Campus

Exploration of Molecular Mechanisms of Tuberculosis Susceptibility by Genetic Association and Functional Genomics

*AARA awardee.

 

2009 Awardees

NAME

AFFILIATION

PROJECT

 

Said Akli, PhD*

Experimental Radiation Oncology
UT MDACC

LMW Cyclin E as a Novel Prognostic Marker in Human Salivary Gland Tumors

Sao Jiralerspong, MD, PhD*

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
UT MDACC

Snail as a Biomarker in Invasive Breast Cancer: Potential for Anti-metastasis Therapy

Hyunggun Kim, PhD*

Internal Medicine, Cardiology
UTHealth Medical School

Patient-Specific Structural Evaluation of Mitral Valve Apparatus using Three-Dimensional Echocardiography

Ajoy Samanta, PhD*

Molecular Pathology
UT MDACC

Jak2 Regulates Bcr-Abl Signaling in Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML): Destruction of Bcr-Abl by Jak2 Inhibition in CML Stem Cells

Douglas Boyd, PhD**

Cancer Biology
UT MDACC

Prostate Cancer in the US Air Force

Angela Stotts, PhD**

Family Medicine
UTHealth Medical School

Pilot Study of Bupropion to Promote Smoking Cessation during Pregnancy

*AARA awardee
**Multidisciplinary Research Program $125,000 awardee.

2008 Awardees

NAME

AFFILIATION

PROJECT

Perry Bickel, MD*

Internal Medicine, Endocrinology UTHealth Medical School

Lipotoxicity and Obesity-Related Risk of Endometrial Carcinoma

Heinrich Taegtmeyer, MD, DPhil*

Internal Medicine, Cardiology
UTHealth Medical School

Pathways of Protein Degradation and Substrate metabolism in Normal and Diseased Heart and Vascular Smooth Muscle

*Multidisciplinary Research Program $125,000 awardee.

 

2007 Awardees

NAME

AFFILIATION

PROJECT

Lisa Armitage, MD, PhD

Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases
UTHealth Medical School

Role of Trehalose Dimycolate in Human Tuberculosis

Andrew Bean, PhD

Neurobiology and Anatomy
UTHealth Medical School

Examination of a Candidate Biomarker in Neuroblastoma

Richard Frye, MD, PhD

Pediatrics and Neurology
UTHealth Medical School

Rapid Sensory Processing in Well and Poorly Compensated Young Adults with Dyslexia

Kevin Hwang, MD

Internal Medicine General Medicine
UTHealth Medical School

Social Support for Weight Loss Among Members of an Internet Weight Loss Program

Elizabeth Plimack, MD

Medical Oncology
UT MDACC

The Biological Effects of Decitabine and Pegylated Interferon in Patients with Advanced Melanoma

Nitin Tandon, MD

Neurosurgery
UTHealth Medical School

The Anatomic and Physiologic Connectivity of Eloquent Language Regions

Naoto Ueno, MD, PhD

Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy
UT MDACC

Nonmyeloablative Allogeneic Hematopietic Stem Cell Transplantation with Bevacizumab for Advanced Solid Tumors

John Valenza, DDS

Diagnostic Sciences
UTHealth Dental Branch

SmartConsent: A Computerized Informed Consent for Patients

Rick Wetsel, PhD

Institute for Molecular Medicine
UTHealth Medical School

Transplantation of Lung Epithelial Cells Derived from Human Embryonic Stem Cells

 

 2006 Awardees

NAME

AFFILIATION

PROJECT

Nehal Parikh, MD

Pediatrics, Neonatology

UTHealth Medical School

Evaluation of DT-MRI as a Surrogate Marker for Neurosensory Deficits in Extremely Preterm Infants

Blanca Restrepo, PhD

UTHealth Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus

Altered Expression of Immune Response Genes in Tuberculosis Patients with Diabetes

Mary Ruppe, MD

Internal Medicine, Endocrinology
UTHealth Medical School

The Role of Serum Profiles of Novel Phosphate Regulators in Improving Treatment Outcomes in X-Linked Hypophosphatemic Rickets

Tse-Kuan Yu, PhD

Radiation Oncology

UT MDACC

Using Nanaoshells Conjugated With Tumor-Specific Antibody to Detect Microscopic Breast Cancer Cells at Surgical Resection Margins