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Nine Clinical and Translational Research Projects Receive Grant Funding through Frontiers Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program

August 20, 2018

By Marion During

Frontiers: the University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute has awarded $170,000 to nine research projects as part of the 2018-2019 Frontiers Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program. The program is designed to promote research development in high priority areas that will compete successfully for external funding. Special emphasis is on projects that focus on the science of translation and those that stimulate collaborate team science.

"We are excited about supporting these research projects with the Frontiers Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program. These funds are essential for our investigators to launch their clinical and translational science ideas," said Richard Barohn, M.D., Director of Frontiers and Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of Kansas Medical Center. "The goal is for them to collect initial data and to use that as preliminary data for a NIH grant submission. The number of applications we received was an all-time high and the selection process was very competitive. We believe we have selected the best of the best and are looking forward to the research findings of these projects."

Jennifer Alsworth, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the department(s) of Biomedical and Health Informatics, UMKC School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City, will receive funding for her project titled "Changes in Labor Management and Racial Disparities in Cesarean Deliveries."

Allen Greiner, M.D., professor and research director in the department of Family Medicine, KU School of Medicine, KU Medical Center, will receive funding for his project titled "Comparison of stool microbiota of non-smokers and heavy smokers from racially/ethnically diverse patient populations."

Charley Lewis, M.P.H., Research Instructor of Family Medicine and Assistant Director for Data Management, Center for American Indian Community Health, KU Medical Center, will receive funding for his project titled "Understanding American Indian knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors surrounding alternative tobacco product usage."

Tara Lin, M.D., associate professor of medicine in the department of Internal Medicine, KU School of Medicine, KU Medical Center, will receive funding for her project titled "Low Dose Daunorubicin to Target the Leukemia Stem Cell in Newly Diagnosed Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia."

Crystal Lumpkins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine in the KU School of Medicine, KU Medical Center, will receive funding for her project titled "Exploring Attitudes, Perceptions and Beliefs towards Genetic Counseling and Testing Risk Communication among Underserved and Minority Patient Populations.

Laura Martin, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, KU School of Medicine, and Associate Director of fMRI, Hoglund Brain Imaging Center, KU Medical Center, will receive funding for her project titled "Changing how the brain responds when making healthy decisions: Translating neuroscience into population health."

Catherine Siengsukon, P.T., Ph.D., Associate Professor in the department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, KU School of Health Professions, KU Medical Center, will receive funding for her project titled "Assessment of the feasibility of two innovative CBT-I delivery strategies in people with MS with symptoms of insomnia."

Jason Springer, M.D., assistant professor in the department of Internal Medicine, KU School of Medicine, KU Medical Center, will receive funding for his project titled "Development of Immunogenicity to Rituximab in ANCA-associated vasculitis."

Yuxia (Lisa) Zhang, Ph.D., assistant professor in the department of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Therapeutics in the KU School of Medicine, KU Medical Center, will receive funding for her project titled "Targeting RNA-binding protein HuR in liver cancer."


The Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program is part of the Clinical and Translational Pilot Research Grant program. As part of its mission to accelerate research, stimluate new ideas and support researchers of today and tomorrow, Frontiers provides a variety of funding options throughout the year. Learn more about our Funding Opportunities.

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