August 4, 2006

Discovery Grants promote research development ideas

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William Richards, M.D., left, John Wikswo Jr., Ph.D., and Alan Bradshaw, Ph.D., in front of the device which measures magnetic fields produced in the stomach and small bowel.
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Discovery Grants promote research development ideas

Twelve investigators were recently awarded Vanderbilt University Medical Center Discovery Grants.

The recipients were chosen from 104 applications.

A total of nearly $600,000 in funding was awarded for the first year of the two-year grants, which began on July 1.

This year, the program included two categories of grants designed to stimulate the development of new research ideas — traditional, single-investigator grants to support pre-RO1 research and special awards to fund research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

The applications were evaluated on scientific merit and the likelihood that the project will be competitive for external funding.

CAM Award Recipients

• Nancy Wells, Ph.D., research professor of Nursing and director of Nursing Research, “Examining the Effect of Healing Touch on Radiotherapy Induced Fatigue.”

• Satish Raj, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine, “Water and the Gastropressor Response: A Novel Treatment for Orthostatic Hypotension.”

Discovery Grant Recipients

• Luc Van Kaer, Ph.D., professor of Microbiology and Immunology, “Cell Fate Mapping of Bone Marrow Stem Cells.”

• Utpal Dave, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine, “Retroviral Insertion Site Analysis of Adult T-Cell Leukemia.”

• Vsevolod Gurevich, Ph.D., associate professor of Pharmacology, “Arrestin-Mediated Signaling in Photoreceptor Survival.”

• Malcolm J. Avison, Ph.D., professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, “fMRI Mapping of Somatosensory Cortex in Non-Human Primates.”

• Kevin Currie, Ph.D., assistant professor of Anesthesiology, “Control of Stimulus-Secretion Coupling by a Novel CaMKII-Ca2+ Channel Interaction.”

• Pampee Young, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Pathology, “Creating 'Super' Stem Cells.”

• William Lawson, M.D., instructor in Medicine, “Allergy-Pulmonary, Epithelial and Immune Dysfunction in IPF.”

• Linda Sealy, Ph.D., associate professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, “C/EBPbeta — A New Regulator of Autophagy?”

• Igor Feoktistov, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of Medicine, “Role of Adenosine on Homing of Human Endothelial Progenitor Cells.”

• Timothy Blackwell, M.D., associate professor of Medicine, “Allergy-Pulmonary, Role of NF-kB in Development of Lung Cancer.”