Pilot Projects

Funding for pilot projects

Director: Diana Milewicz, MD, PhD
Co-directors: Maurie Markman, MD; Razelle Kurzrock, MD
Contact person: Linda Gilbert (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. Fellows (postdoctoral and clinical) and 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, medical fellows, and instructors and assistant professors, see T32 and K12 Training Grants.)

APPLICATIONS FOR PILOT PROJECT FUNDING ARE NOT CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED

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Year 1 Awardees

NAME AFFILIATION PROJECT
Nehal Parikh, MD Assistant Professor
Pediatrics-Neonatology
UTHSC-H Medical School
Evaluation of Diffusion Tensor Magnetic Resonance Imaging (DT-MRI) as a Surrogate Marker for Neurosensory Deficits in Extremely Preterm Infants
Blanca Restrepo, PhD Assistant Professor Epidemiology
UTHSC-H School of Public Health
Brownsville
Altered Expression of Immune Response Genes in Tuberculosis Patients with Diabetes
Mary Kay Ruppe, MD Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine-Endocrinology
UTHSC-H Medical School
The Role of Serum Profiles of Novel Phosphate Regulators in Improving Treatment Outcomes in X-Linked Hypophosphatemic Rickets
Tse-Kuan Yu, MD, PhD Assistant Professor
Radiation Oncology UTMDACC
Using Nanoshells Conjugated With Tumor-Specific Antibody to Detect Microscopic Breast Cancer Cells at Surgical Resection Margins

 

Year 2 Awardees

NAME AFFILIATION PROJECT
Lisa Armitige, MD, PhD Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases
UTHSC-H Medical School
Role of Trehalose Dimycolate in Human Tuberculosis
Andrew Bean, PhD Associate Professor
Neurobiology and Anatomy
UTHSC-H Medical School
Examination of a Candidate Biomarker in Neuroblastoma
Richard Frye, MD, PhD Assistant Professor
Pediatrics and Neurology
UTHSC-H Medical School
Rapid Sensory Processing In Well and Poorly Compensated Young Adults with Dyslexia
Kevin Hwang, MD Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine General Medicine
UTHSC-H Medical School
Social Support for Weight Loss Among Members of an Internal Weight Loss Program
Elizabeth Plimack, MD Fellow
Medical Oncology
UTMDACC
The Biological Effects of Decitabine and Pegylated Interferon in Patients with Advanced Melanoma
Nitin Tandon, MD Assistant Professor
Neurosurgery
UTHSC-H Medical School
The Anatomic and Physiologic Connectivity of Eloquent Language Regions
Naoto Ueno, MD, PhD Associate Professor
Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy
UTMDACC
Nonmyeloablative Allogeneic Hematopoietic

Stem Cell Transplantation with Bevacizumab for Advanced Solid Tumors

John Valenza, DDS Associate Professor
Diagnostic Sciences
UTHSC-H Dental Branch
SmartConsent: A Computerized Informed Consent for Patients
Rick Wetsel, PhD Professor
Research Center for Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases UTHSC-H Institute for Molecular Medicine

Transplantation of Lung Epithelial Cells Derived from Human Embryonic Stem (ES) Cells