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CCTS Pilot Grant Projects Funded

2009 Pilot Grant Projects Funded

The UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) is pleased to announce that it has awarded funding to seven projects in its 2009 Pilot Grant Program.  The program, supported by the Office of the Provost, and the Health Science Colleges, is devoted to clinical and translational research – specifically, in this round: (1) Translation of disease mechanisms based on laboratory science demonstrably relevant to human disease; and (2) Identification and development of procedures to reduce barriers to implementation of evidence-based prevention, screening/early detection, or treatment approaches into clinical practice.

Over eighty letters of intent were submitted.  Of these, 34 were selected to submit full proposals.  The funded projects include investigators from 15 different departments and 5 colleges.

The 2009 CCTS Pilot Grant recipients are:

“Raman spectroscopy tool for intraoperative pathology consultation”; PI: Andre Kajdacsy-Balla, Professor, COM, Pathology; Co-PIs: Rohit Bhargava, Assistant Professor, UIUC, Bioengineering and Bioimaging Science; and Aleksanderc Krunic, Associate Professor, COM, Dermatology. [Show Summary/Hide]

“A pilot study to introduce male circumcision (MC) services to prevent HIV infection in two high prevalence areas of the Dominican Republic“; PI: Maximo Brito, Assistant Professor, COM, Medicine; Co-Investigators: Robert Bailey, Professor, SPH, Epidemiology, Yeycy Donastorg, Research Associate, Instituto Dermatologico, and Claudio Volquez, Director, STI clinic, Instituto Dermatologico.[Show Summary/Hide]

“The feasibility of employing hexokinase 2, for the prognosis and targeted therapy of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)”; PI: Nissim Hay, Professor, COM, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics; Co-Investigators: Grace Guzman, Associate Professor, COM, Pathology, Scott Cotler, Associate Professor, COM, Medicine, and Pavel Pethukov, Associate Professor, COP, Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy.[Show Summary/Hide]

"Human Alzheimer’s disease pathology in a new transgenic mouse model"; PI: Mary Jo LaDu, Associate Professor, COM, Anatomy and Cell Biology.[Show Summary/Hide]

“Periodontal Disease and Risk for Oral Cancer”; PI: Joel Schwartz, Professor, COD, Oral Medicine and Diagnostics; Co-PIs: Guy Adami, Associate Professor, COD, Oral Medicine and Diagnostics, Lin Tao, Professor, COD, Oral Biology/Oral Microbiology, Praveen Gajendrareddy, Assistant Professor, COD, Periodontics,  Antonia Kolokythas, Assistant Professor, COD,  Oral Maxillofacial Surgery.[Show Summary/Hide]

“Sulfatase Activity in Cystic Fibrosis”; PI: Joanne Tobacman, Associate Professor, COM, Medicine; Co-Investigators, C. Lucy Park, Associate Professor, COM, Pediatrics.[Show Summary/Hide]

“Mechanism of reversal of type 1 diabetes by cord blood stem cell-modulated Tregs in humanized type 1 diabetic mice”; PI: Yong Zhao, Assistant Professor, COM, Endocrinology and Diabetes; Co-PI: Theodore Mazzone, Professor, COM, Endocrinology and Diabetes; Co-Investigators: Bellur Prabhakar, Professor, COM, Microbiology and Immunology, Randal Skidgel, Professor, COM, Pharmacology.[Show Summary/Hide]