Competition produces creative proposals for obesity research

Seven researchers are halfway to the prize money for their winning entries in the annual Creativity is a Decision Awards, sponsored by UAB’s Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

The competition encourages submission of the most creative ideas for obesity-related research proposals by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff. To collect prize money, winners must submit their proposal to an extramural sponsoring authority by Nov. 5.

The selected faculty will receive $5,000 for their winning proposals:

  • Andrew Brown, Ph.D., research associate, School of Public Health, will submit an R01 award application to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for his proposal, “Processing and Preventing p-Fiddling in Nutrition Obesity Research.”

  • Joshua Speed, Ph.D., instructor in the Division of Nephrology, will submit a K01 award application to the National Institutes of Health his proposal, “Is Endothelin-1 the Link Between Dietary Salt and Obesity?”

  • Ceren Yarar-Fisher, Ph.D., an instructor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, will submit an R01 award application to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for her proposal, “Ketogenic diet is medicine.”  

The selected postdoctoral fellows will receive $2,500 for their winning proposals:

  • Megan Tipre, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Epidemiology, is using her proposal, “Exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM2.5) and obesity among adults and children in Alabama,” as the basis for a K99/R00 application to National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

  • Hui-Ju Young, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow with the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, will use his proposal, “Muscle Echo Intensity: Using Ultrasound as a Tool to Assess Intramuscular Fat and Obesity,” as the basis for a K99/R00 application to the National Institutes of Health.

The selected predoctoral students will receive $1,000 for their winning proposals:

  • Sarah Katherine Sweatt, a doctoral student in the department of Nutrition Sciences, is preparing a grant application to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Eliminating Health Disparities for her proposal, “A potential mechanism linking psychosocial stress, energy metabolism and disease.”

  • Louis Watanabe, a doctoral student in the Department of Biology, will submit his proposal, “The Impacts of Genetic Background and Epigenetics on Exercise Response in Drosophila melanogaster,” as an F31 application to the National Institutes of Health.