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Pilot and Feasibility Grant

To help develop clinical research across the hospital a new competitive internal grant program was established in 2009. Faculty and fellows (under faculty supervision) were encouraged to apply and a review process was used to select meritorious projects from multiple hospital departments. The topics and conditions include obesity and diabetes, end stage renal disease, causes of premature labor, vascular disease, gastrointestinal treatment and ovarian cancer. The primary goal of this enrichment program is to help clinical investigators test new ideas and obtain data in order to be in a better position to apply for and obtain external funding. Pilot data is critical for success in the highly competitive world of seeking grant support, so this program can play an important role in this process. Eight new grants are being funded in 2010 through this program. Investigators will be provided support through a group mentoring process and biostatistical consultation.

Current Awardees

  1. Collin Brathwaite, M.D. -
    The Impact of Roux-en-y gastric bypass (RYGB) on Glucose Dishomeostasis in obesity and Type-2-Diabetes Mellitus
  2. Daniel Kiefer, M.D. -
    Can non-invasive sampling determine the inflammatory status of the intra-uterine environment?
  3. Morgan Peltier, Ph.D. -
    Effect of H1N1/09 (“Swine Flu”) on Pregnancy Outcome
  4. Allison Reiss, M.D. -
    Impact of Anti-inflammatory Agents on Cholesterol Metabolic Signature in Humans
  5. Rahul Seghal, M.D. -
    Identification of Therapeutic Potential for B Cell Modulation in Giant Cell Arteritis
  6. Stavros Stavropoulos, M.D. -
    A prospective, single-center, randomized, animal study comparing the efficacy and safety of endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) using the new ERBE Jet® hybrid knife versus the standard Olympus® knives, in an acute porcine model
  7. Jeannine Villella, D.O. -
    The Effect of Genetic Polymorphisms in Indoleamine 2, 3-Dioxygenase in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer
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