New and Renewed Grants

2014 Founder's Fund Grant Recipients Announced - The Founders’ Fund was established by the UAB Department of Pediatrics to honor the exceptional lifetime achievements of the founders of Drs. John W. "Bill" Benton, Ralph E. Tiller and Paul A. Palmisano. In the 2014-2015 Founder’s Fund Award review cycle, the committee reviewed a record number of outstanding proposals granting full or partial funding to only nine projects:

Suresh Boppana, MD (ID) was awarded an NIH K18 (Role: PI) grant which provides for sabbatical training at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.   

Namasivayam Ambalavanan, MD (Neonatology) Cerebral Oxygenation and Autoregulation in Preterm Infants: Association with Morbidity and Mortality. Stanford University $6,600 05/23/2014 - 05/22/2015
 
Timothy Beukelman, MD (Rheumatology) CARRA Administrative Core Duke University $4,000 01/01/2014 - 12/31/2014
 
Joseph Chewning, MD (Hematology/Oncology) Predictive Biomarkers of Pediatric Graft-Versus-Host Disease Canadian Institutes of Health Research $10,000 10/20/2014 - 09/30/2016
 
Steven Rowe, MD (Med – Ped Pulmonary/Allergy/Critical Care) GALAPAGOS NV. $47,002 09/25/2014 - 09/24/2017

Dr. Suresh Boppana
(ID) received a RO1, "Acquisition of HCMV from breast milk-correlates of protection."  4 year award totaling $2.8M.

Dr. Gregory Friedman received a $40,000 Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally) and Vs. Cancer Foundation grant to support his research to fight brain cancer in children. Click here to see the article.

Dr. Namasivayam Ambalavanan, Neonatology, has received an NIH U01 award in the amount of $740,050 for the project "Alveolar DevMAP." The project period is 06/15/2014 – 04/30/2019.

Dr. Tim Beukelman, Pediatric Rheumatology, has been awarded a new U34 NIH Cooperative Agreement for his project, "The Effectiveness of Methotrexate to Prevent Extension of Early Limited JIA" in the amount of $356,864.

Dr. Rich Whitley, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and UAB will lead in the establishment of the Antiviral Drug Discovery and Development Center (AD3C), funded by an up to $35 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  See full article here.

Michele Kong, MD, has been awarded a K08 grant for her project "Matrix Metalloproteinase Driven Lung Inflammation in RSV disease" in the amount of $118,344 for the period: 05/01/2014 – 04/30/2019.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a grant in the amount of $6,270,702 to Dr. Rich Whitley, PI, for the "Antiviral Drug Discovery and Development Center - Overall."  The Award covers the period 03/01/2014 – 02/28/2019. 

2014 KPRI Recipients:

Rud Polhill Grant for Senior Faculty:
Thomas Howard, MD, Pediatric Hematology Oncology                          "A Common Sickle Cell Database to Enhance Sickle Cell Disease Research and Quality Improvement"
Junior Faculty Grants
Michael S. Stalvey, M.D.,
Pediatric Endocrinology
"Characterization of Glucose Regulation in the CFTR Knockout Rat"
Teresa G. Magruder MD, MPH, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine "Striving for Excellence in Pediatric Inpatient Asthma Management; A Closer look at Severe Asthma Exacerbations"
Kristin T. Avis, Ph.D., CBSM,
Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
"Does Modafinil Treatment for Hypersomnia Reduce Children's Injury Risk?"
Shannon A. Ross, MD-PI,
Sara Oliver, MD Co-Investigator
Pediatric Infectious Diseases

"Cytomegalovirus in the perilymph of patients undergoing cochlear implantation"
Robert T. Russell, MD, MPH,
Pediatric Surgery
"Characterizing Acute Traumatic Coagulopathy after Severe Pediatric Trauma"
Jeffery Lebensburger, MD
Pediatric Hematology Oncology
"Patient Centered Research to Enhance Transition Education"
Justin Roth, MD
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
"Engineering Tumor Vaccines into Oncolytic HSV"

Dr. Marjorie Lee White
is the recipient of two General Endowment Fund (GEF) Patient Oriented grants from the UAB Health Services Foundation. The first, for her application, "Simulation Infrastructure Expansion for Preclinical Health Professions Students."  The funding amount is $183,000 for the period November 1, 2013 - October 31, 2015. The second grant, "Simulation Infrastructure Expansion for Preclinical Health Professionals," will be funded in the amount of $183,000 for the period November 1, 2013 - October 31, 2015.

Michele Kong Maha, MD,
Critical Care, has received a CF Pilot Grant from the UAB CF Center for $130K over two years.

Masako Shimamura, MD
, Infectious Disease, received an NIH RO1 grant for $1.8M.

Gregory Friedman, MD,
Hematology/Oncology, received a Hyundai Hope on Wheels grant for $250K over two years, and a Rally foundation Grant for $40K for one year.

Wally Carlo, MD,
Neonatology, successfully renewed his NIH Global Network Grant for #3,397,691 over five years.

Tina Simpson, MD,
General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, received an ADPH - PErsonal Responsibility Education Grant for $132K for one year.

Kristin Avis, PhD,
Sleep Medicine, received a ResMed Foundation grant for $84K for one year.

Matt Stoll. MD,
Rheumatology, received and American College of Rheumatology grant for $375k over three years.

Drs. Matt Stoll and Randy Cron,
Rheumatology, were named Co-PI's on a NIH P60 grant (Chuck Elson, PI, Microbiology) for $950k over five years.