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UI researchers receive ICTS Pilot Grant Awards

Sixteen UI researchers from 13 departments have received one-year pilot grant awards ranging up to $50,000 each through the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS).

ICTS pilot grants are awarded each spring to junior investigators and established scientists. They enable preliminary and proof-of-concept studies and encourage the expansion of clinical and translational research into new areas. The ICTS pilot grant program is directed by Internal Medicine Vice-Chair of Translational Research Joseph Zabner, M.D.

The pilot grant awards go into effect June 1, 2011.

This year’s winners are investigating a plethora of areas from enhancing patients’ understanding of informed consent information for clinical trials to the identification and development of novel treatments for various diseases, some of which include lymphoma, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, bone erosion, and inflammation of the brain as well as renal dysfunction in newborns.

Pilot grant award winners include the following:

  • Aliasger Salem, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy
  • Amanda Haes, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Amnon Kohen, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Barbara Rakel, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, College of Nursing
  • David Hasan, M.D., assistant professor of neurosurgery, Carver College of Medicine
  • Helen Ann Schartz, Ph.D., J.D., director of the Research Health Policy, and Disability Center, College of Law
  • James R. Howe V, M.D. professor and director of the division of surgical oncology and endocrine surgery, Carver College of Medicine
  • Juan Caraballo-Fonseca, postdoc in the department of internal medicine, Carver College of Medicine
  • Kevin G. Rice, Ph.D., professor of medicinal & natural products chemistry and pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacy
  • Leonard R. MacGillivray, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Lina Maria Moreno Uribe, assistant professor of orthodontics, College of Dentistry
  • M. Kathleen Clark, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor of nursing, College of Nursing
  • Michael K Schultz, Ph.D., assistant professor of radiology, Carver College of Medicine
  • Mina Hanna, M.B., Ch.B., house staff fellow in neonatology, Carver College of Medicine
  • Punam Saha, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, College of Engineering
  • Thomas J. Raife, M.D., professor and medical director, DeGowin Blood Center, Carver College of Medicine

The number of ICTS pilot grant recipients has nearly doubled this year. Zabner attributes this increase to several new collaborations with department heads, center directors, and deans across the spectrum of UI colleges.

“University of Iowa leaders have been impressed with the pilot program. As a result, they have generously matched funds to launch even more innovative research projects, “ he said.

Learn more about the ICTS pilot grant program.

Publish Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 10:28