CCTST Awards Faculty with Research Grants

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) awarded several pilot grants to UC College of Medicine faculty members to further support their research. 

The Pilot Translational Research and Innovative Core Grant Program supports projects by established principal investigators or by new/early stage investigators mentored by established investigators and promotes the establishment of new, innovative cores with a clear translational focus, to build a local or networked infrastructure among researchers.

The following researchers received up to $60,000 grants from the Pilot Translational Research and Innovative Core Grant Program for pilot projects:

  • Jack Rubinstein, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases.
  • George Deepe, MD, professor of internal medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases.
  • Frank McCormack, MD, professor and chief of the Division of Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine.
  • Stephen Waggoner, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics; Center for Autoimmune Genomics and Etiology (CAGE), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
  • Biplab Dasgupta, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics, Division of Oncology; Cincinnati Children’s.  
  • John van Aalst, MD, professor and division director of plastic surgery in the Department of Pediatrics; Cincinnati Children’s.

The following received up to $50,000 for the development of  core research facilities:

  • Dennis McGraw, MD, associate professor in the Division of Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and director, Cincinnati VA pulmonary (a new research bronchoscopy core at the Cincinnati VA).
  • Jason Woods, PhD, professor of pediatrics; Cincinnati Children’s (second year funding for a hyperpolarized-gas core). 
  • Artem Barski, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics; Cincinnati Children’s (second year funding for an epigenomics data analysis core).

The following received up to $60,000 for mentored pilot projects:

  • Paritha Arumugam, instructor of pediatrics; Translational Pulmonary Center, Cincinnati Children’s.
  • Joan Garrett, assistant professor in the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy. 

The following researchers received up to $7,500 for Just-In-Time grants:

  • Robert McCullumsmith, MD, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience.
  • Mary Beth Genter, PhD, professor of environmental health.
  • Michael Borchers, PhD, associate professor in the Division of Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine.
  • Eitaro Aihara, PhD, research instructor of molecular and cellular physiology
  • Nicolas Nassar, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics; Cincinnati Children’s.
  • Yrina Rochman, PhD, instructor of pediatrics; Cincinnati Children’s. 
  • Daniel Starczynowski, PhD, associate professor of pediatrics; Cincinnati Children’s
  • Jianqiang Wu, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics; Cincinnati Children’s. 

The mission of the Just-In-Time (JIT) grant program is to enable investigators to use UC or Cincinnati Children’s core facilities to obtain data for submission of a competitive extramural proposal, patent application or commercialization agreement. 

>> More information on the programs

The following researchers received KL2 and CT2 career development awards:

KL2: Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine.  

Also, Pierce Boyne, assistant professor of rehabilitation sciences at the UC College of Allied Health Sciences, was a recipient. 

CT2: Kristin Hudock, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine; and Amie Duncan, PhD, assistant professor of pediatrics; Cincinnati Children’s.  

Both programs are designed to provide mentorship in research and a career development experience in clinical and translational research for junior faculty, leading toward an independent interdisciplinary scientific career. The KL2 award is CTSA-funded, and the CT2 is its institutional equivalent, supported by the CCTST and the divisions where the researchers are housed.

>> More information on the KL2 and CT2 programs

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