Department of Medicine Members Funded by Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

pilot award funding for translational research

The following Department of Medicine faculty members and their collaborators have received funding from the 2017 Pilot Awards Program from the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR): 

Translational Basic & Clinical Pilot Awards ($50,000 over one year)

  • PIs: Barak Blum, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Cell and Regenerative Biology and Matthew Merrins, PhD, assistant professor, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. Proposal title: Robo-Signaling Controls the Organization of the Islets of Langerhans
  • PIs: Freddy Caldera, DO, assistant professor (CHS), Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and Mary Hayney, PharmD, MPH, professor (CHS), School of Pharmacy. Collaborators: Arnold Wald, MD, professor (CHS) and Sumona Saha, MD, MS, associate professor (CHS), both of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Proposal title: Identifying Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Patients with Altered Immunity at Risk for Herpes Zoster
  • PIs: Shigeki Miyamoto, PhD, professor, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, and Natalie Callander, MD, professor (CHS), Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care. Proposal title: Investigation of a Novel Role for HAPLN1 in Multiple Myeloma Drug Resistance

Novel Methods Pilot Grant Awards ($50,000 for 12 months)

  • PI: Scott Reeder, MD, PhD, professor, Department of Radiology. Collaborators: Diego Hernando, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Radiology, Adnan Said, MD, MS, associate professor (CHS), Gastroenterology and Heptaology, Rashmi Agni, MD, associate professor (CHS), Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Rao Watson, MD, assistant professor (CHS), Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Proposal title: Advanced Quantitative Tissue Characterization with Confounder-Corrected MRI

ICTR Co-Funding of 2017 UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Awards (up to $30,000 over one year)

  • Heather Johnson, MD, associate professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Lindsay Clark, PhD, assistant professor (CHS), Geriatrics and Gerontology. Collaborators: Nihal Ahmad, PhD, professor, Department of Dermatology and Stefan Schieke, MD, assistant professor, Department of Dermatology. Proposal title: Association of Cardiovascular Risk Factors with Micro- and Macrovascular Cerebral Function in Whites and African Americans

Clinical & Community Outcomes Research Pilot Awards ($75,000 for 12 months)

  • PI: Christopher Crnich, MD, PhD, associate professor, Infectious Disease. Academic Collaborators: Marlon Mundt, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and Paula Lueras, MD, MPH, clinical instructor, Geriatrics and Gerontology. Proposal title: Instrument Development for a Social Network Analysis (SNA) of Antibiotic Prescribing in Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • PI: Amye Tevaarwerk, MD, associate professor (CHS), Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care. Academic Collaborators: Mary Sesto, PT, PhD, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, James Haine, MD, clinical assistant professor, General Internal Medicine, and David Hahn, MD, senior scientist, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Proposal title: Engineering cancer survivorship care planning to address primary care information needs in order to improve health outcomes for cancer survivors

Dissemination & Implementation Research Awards ($150,000 for 18 Months)

  • PI: Douglas Wiegmann, PhD, associate professor, College of Engineering. Academic Collaborators: Jeff Pothof, MD, associate professor, BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine and Tosha Wetterneck, MD, MS, associate professor (CHS), General Internal Medicine. Proposal title: Testing Novel Methods for Analyzing and Correcting Root Causes of Patient Harm