MICHR Awards 15 Pilot Grants for Health Research Studies


The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) recently awarded more than $671,573 in pilot grants for health research studies at the University of Michigan. Matching funds from the Medical School along with partnering U-M departments, schools, centers, and institutes have made it possible to fund the best 15 proposals in this round. 

A majority of the funded projects are related to significant public health needs in Michigan, such as cancer, asthma, and liver disease. Projects also address major health concerns identified by Michigan community members and advocates, such as mental health, substance abuse, obesity, and access to care. Together, they represent MICHR’s commitment to accelerate the process of transforming scientific discoveries into real health gains. 

The 15 recipients of the first round of 2012 MICHR pilot grants are listed below. Applications for the second round of 2012 pilot grants are due September 14. Details are available here. 

Periostin and Allergic Airways Disease
PI- John Kelley Bentley, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School

Characterization of naturally occurring papillomaviral infection status and the vaginal microbiome in a baboon model of female reproductive disease
PI – Ingrid Bergin, VMD, Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, Medical School

Mineralocorticoids in Obesity-Related Hypertension
PI – James Brian Byrd, MD, MS, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School

A Placebo-controlled Crossover Trial Using Cyproheptadine To Treat Children with Functional Abdominal Pain
PI – Daniel Clauw, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Medical School

Pharmacometabolomics of Bipolar Disorder Treatments
PI – Vicki Ellingrod, PharmD, Department of Clinical Social & Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Neural Predictors of Response to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
PI – Kate Fitzgerald, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Medical School

Evaluation of a Bioresorbable Splint for Treating Tracheobronchomalacia
PI – Glenn Green, MD, Department of Otolaryngology , Medical School

3D Sonographic Measurement of Volumetric flow in Transjugular Intrahepatic Porto-systemic Shunts (TIPS)
PI – Oliver Kripfgans, PhD, Department of Radiology, Medical School

Buenos Vecinos Survey: Building Capacity to Promote Washtenaw County Latino/a Health
PI – Daniel Kruger, PhD, Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health

Longitudinal Patterns of Speech in Bipolar Disorder
PI – Melvin McInnis, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Medical School

Oxytocin, Parenting, Stress-Related Eating Behavior, and Obesity in Low-Income Preschoolers
PI – Alison Miller, PhD, Department of Health Behavior & Health Education, School of Public Health

Cytokine-mediated Glycan Structural Alterations in Esophageal Epithelium
PI – David Misek, PhD, Department of Surgery, Medical School

Moms 4 Moms:  Community-Participatory Parenting Project for African American Teen Moms in Metro Detroit
PI – Maria Musik, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Medical School

Serum Glycoproteome Characterization for Prediction of Intestinal Fibrosis in Crohn's Disease
PI – Ryan Stidham, MD, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical School

High-Density Deafness Gene-Centric (DGC) Array
PI – Marwan Tayeh, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Medical School

Since 2007, U-M researchers have received more than $13M in funding through this program, resulting in $82M in extramural funding.

Funding for these grants is provided through MICHR along with matching funds from participating departments at U-M. MICHR holds University of Michigan’s Clinical & Translational Research Award (CTSA). Working together as a national consortium, 60 CTSA institutions have committed to improve human health by streamlining science, transforming training environments and improving the conduct, quality and dissemination of clinical and translational research. The CTSA program is led by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health.

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