The UAB CCTS Congratulates Latest Pilot Recipients

The UAB CCTS Congratulates Latest Pilot Recipients

Congratulations to the CCTS/Council of Center Directors' Translational Research Intramural (Pilot) Program Recipients

The CCTS would like to congratulate the recipients of this year's Translational Research Intramural (Pilot) Grant Program, a partnership between the CCTS and the Council of Center Directors (COCD).  The Council of Center Directors (COCD) is comprised of the Directors of all University-Wide Interdisciplinary Research Centers (UWIRCs). The goal of the program is to develop investigator-initiated pilot projects with a focus on creating new interdisciplinary clinical and translational research projects at UAB in order to grow mature research programs in these areas.

A two-step proposal process includes a pre-proposal application/review in the fall with selected applicants invited to submit full applications. The pilot program is led by Dr. Richard M. Allman and Dr. Kent T. Keyser.  An NIH-style review is conducted with the Pilot Steering Committee serving as the scientific review committee for applications. This year's recipients and their projects are:

Lorie Harper, MD /Mentor: Joseph Biggio, MD

A Novel Biomarker of Hyperglycemia for Detecting Gestational Diabetes in Obese Women

Co-Sponsor: Comprehensive Diabetes Center, Ob/Gyn – Div of Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Richard Kennedy, PhD /Mentor: Virgina G. Wadley Bradley, PhD

Depressive Symptoms and the Risk of Cognitive Impairment in Diabetes

Co-Sponsor: Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, Comprehensive Diabetes Center

Aimee Landar, PhD /Mentor: Richard Shelton, MD

Bioenergetics and mitochondrial dysfunction bipolar disorder

Co-Sponsor: Center for Free Radical Biology, Dept of Pathology


Spencer Melby, MD /Mentor:  Louis Dell'Italia, MD 

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Contribution of Oxidative Stress and Inflammation in Pericardial Fluid to Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Surgery

Co-Sponsor: Center for Free Radical Biology, Comprehensive Cardiovascular Center

On June 4, the CCTS/COCD Pilot Steering Committee met to review and recommend applicants for funding through the collaborative CCTS and Council of Center Director’s Translational Research Intramural (Pilot) Grant Program. From the 29 pre-proposal applications received, 11 were invited as full proposals. The due date was February 18, 2013. Internal and external reviews occurred in March and April. Center directors were asked to rank funding preferences among relevant proposals.  As is the policy of the Pilot program, co-sponsorship was also opened to additional co-sponsors such as academic units.  The four projects listed below were recommended for funding to the Council of Center Directors at the meeting on June 24, 2013 and then forwarded to Robert Kimberly, CCTS Principal Investigator and the CCTS Executive Committee for approval.  Letters of award were distributed and co-sponsoring entities have transferred funds to the CCTS for disbursement.