CTRC Junior Investigator Pilot Grant Program Award Recipients Announced


The Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC), part of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT), recently announced the recipients of the 2009-2010 Junior Investigator Pilot Grant Program awards.

The awards support the work of promising junior investigators by providing grant support of up to $20,000 per year for up to two years, as well as reduced cost access to the infrastructure and support services of the CTRC.

There were a total of 29 applications, and the following list includes the eight Children’s Hospital and Penn investigators who were selected for funding, as well as the titles of their proposals:

  • Neha Vapiwala, M.D., Department of Radiation Oncology, “Acquisition of Prostate Tissue During Electromagnetic Transponder Placement for Imaging Correlation and Biomarker Analysis of Targeted Radiosensitizers”
  • Jose Pascual-Lopez, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Surgery, “HTS vs. Mannitol for Brain Injury: An RCT Seeking Mechanism of Action”
  • James Lee, M.D., Division of Pulmonary Medicine, “Dietary Antioxidant Therapy for the Prevention of Primary Graft Dysfunction in Lung Transplantation”
  • Colin Greineder, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, “Endothelial Targeted Antioxidant Enzymes During Cardiac Arrest”
  • Rajat Deo, M.D., Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, “Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System and Cardiac Arrhythmias”
  • Sogol Mostoufi-Moab, M.D., Division of Hematology/Oncology, “Bone Density and Structure in Pediatric and Young Adult Survivors of Bone Marrow Transplantation”
  • Meghan Marsac, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, “Initial Development of the Coping With Trauma Inventory
  • for Children”
  • Dorit Koren, M.D., Division of Endocrinology, “Glucagon-like Peptide-1 (GLP-1) and Beta-cell Biomass in Newly Diagnosed Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes”

More information regarding this program is available on the ITMAT Web site at www.itmat.upenn.edu.