CTRC Junior Investigator Pilot Grant Program Award Recipients Announced

07/2/2009

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.