January 9, 2004

Researchers receive 2004 Discovery Grants

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Isabel Fiala, RN, (foreground) and Dr. Stephanie Horn, an ER resident on her toxicology rotation, answer phones in the Middle Tennessee Poison Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The center is now the only one of its kind in the state. Photo by Dana Johnson

Thirteen investigators were awarded Vanderbilt University Medical School-funded Intramural Discovery Grants starting this month. The recipients were chosen from a record number of 84 applicants. A total of $553,450 was awarded to the recipients for the first year.

The program consists of two different types of funding mechanisms intended to stimulate the development of new ideas. Faculty members are eligible for two categories of support: Interdisciplinary Grants and Pilot/Feasibility Studies.

The next round of applications will be accepted this fall.

Interdisciplinary Grants

Randy Blakely, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology, “Cardiovascular Analysis of Choline Transporter Deficient Mice.”

Dr. Min Chang, assistant professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, “Novel Therapeutic Lens to Promote Corneal Wound Healing.”

Dr. Mary Edgerton, assistant professor of Pathology, “Tools for Electronic Collaboration.”

Martin Egli, Ph.D., associate professor of Biochemistry, “Crystal Structure of the Master Clock Protein KaiC from S. Elongatus.”

Dr. Peter Hedera, assistant professor of Neurology, “Invertebrate Model of Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia.”

Dan Liebler, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry, “Peptide-based Proteome Profiling.”

Dr. Beth Ann Malow, associate professor of Neurology, “Sleep in Children with Autism.”

Dr. Richard Shelton, professor of Psychiatry, “Molecular Phenotyping of Mood Disorders.”

Carlos Vanoye, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Medicine, “Structural Biology of KCNE1, a K+ Channel Regulatory Subunit.”

Patricia Yancey, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Medicine, “Atherogenic Potential of B2-Glycoprotein 1.”

Pilot and Feasibility Grants

Dr. Ethan Lee, assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology, “Role of Axin Degradation in Wnt Signaling.”

Larissa Podust, Ph.D., research assistant professor of Biochemistry, “Structural Studies on Yeast NADPH-P450 reductase.”

Su-Wen Sun, Ph.D., assistant professor of Biochemistry, “Functions of Histone Ubiquitination and Methylation.”