MICHR Awards 13 Pilot Grants for Health Research Studies

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) has awarded 13 new pilot grants, totaling more than $800,000. MICHR’s pilot grant program received a total of 26 submissions in its latest competition, representing a variety of health research studies. Funding for these grants is provided through MICHR along with matching dollars from partnering units in schools, colleges, and departments at U-M. Since 2007, U-M researchers have received more than $19M in funding through this program, resulting in more than $202M in extramural funding.

The funded submissions address the entire translational spectrum. Projects also promote the development of novel solutions that will ultimately improve patient and community health outcomes. Together, they represent MICHR’s commitment to accelerate discoveries toward better health. 

The 13 recipients of the spring 2015 MICHR pilot grants are listed below. Applications for the next round of pilot grants are due September 11. Please refer to our website for details. 

Pharmacists in Primary Care
PI – Lorraine Buis, PhD, Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, Medical School

Integrating Clinical Imaging and Biological Markers of TMJ Osteoarthritis
PI – Lucia Cevidanes, DDS, Assistant Professor in Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dentistry

Utilization of Novel, Non-ionizing and Three-Dimensional Ultrasound Imaging Modality to Facilitate Planning and Performance of Minimally Invasive Implant Surgery
PI – Hsun-Liang Chan, DDS, Clinical Assistant Professor in Periodontics & Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry

Wearable Brain Computer Interface to Assist Communication in Mechanically Ventilated patients in the Intensive Care Unit
PI – Omid Dehzangi, PhD, Assistant Professor in Computer & Information Science, College of Engineering, U-M Dearborn
Co-PI – Venkatakrishna Rajajee, MD, Clinical Associate Professor in Neurosurgery, Medical School

The Role of the Microbiome in the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
PI – Robert Dickson, MD, Clinical Lecturer in Internal Medicine – Pulmonary & Critical Care, Medical School

Restorative Reentry in Detroit: Implementing Family Conferencing Though a Therapeutic Community
PI – Paul Draus, Associate Professor in Sociology, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters, U-M Dearborn
Community Partner – Dwight Vaughter, CEO of Self Help Addiction Rehabilitation, Inc

Pre-Clinical Screening System for the Evaluation of Anabolic Bone Drugs in Osteogenesis Imperfecta
PI – Kenneth Kozloff, PhD, Associate Professor in Orthopaedic  Surgery, Medical School

Translating insights from behavioral economics and self-determination theory to promote sustained weight loss among obese employees
PI – Jeffrey Kullgren, MD, Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine-General Medicine, Medical School

Sexual and pelvic floor function in women with endometrial cancer: Patient reported outcomes and MR imaging correlates
PI – Katherine Maturen, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor in Radiology, Medical School
Co-PI – Shruti Jolly, MD, Clinical Associate Professor in Radiology Oncology, Medical School

Modeling Mood Affected Audio-Visual Emotion Perception: A Transformative Approach to Understanding Mood Disorders
PI – Emily Provost, PhD, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering

PIN1, A Therapeutic Target in Hedgehog-Driven Medulloblastoma
PI – Jean-Francois Rual, PhD, Assistant Professor in Pathology, Medical School

Modeling of Breast Compression and Study of Spatial Correlation of Tissue Locations in Multi-View Breast Images
PI – Ravi Samala, PhD, Research Investigator in Radiology, Medical School

MICHR is here to enable & enhance clinical & translational research at U-M and beyond. We do this by being a catalytic partner who educates, funds, connects, and supports research teams. Think of our helpful and knowledgeable staff as your extended research team.  

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