More investigators are exploring ways to improve the health of minority and underserved populations. Since 2005, the MHRC has provided over $4.1 million in seed money to 88 investigators through pilot research awards. This investment has resulted in a return of $118.5 million in extramural funding.

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Apply for Pilot Project Funding

Call for Pilot Studies:
Addressing Disparities in Kidney-Related Diseases

The UAB Nephrology Research and Training Center, the UAB-USCD O'Brien Center for AKI Research and the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center invite proposals for interested faculty to participate in the Pilot Award for research to address disparities in kidney-related diseases.  

Kidney and kidney-related diseases disproportionately affect the health of underserved populations. These disadvantages can be byproducts of racial, socio-economic, or environmental disadvantages and can serve as obstacles to optimizing health outcomes. The primary purpose of this award is not to generate further observational data documenting the presence of this disadvantage. Instead, this award is focused on supporting studies investigating potential solutions, treatments, or approaches to break down barriers to health access and clinical care that will improve the health and well-being of underserved persons. Projects focusing on social determinants of health as they related to kidney diseases will be of special interest.

We invite any faculty member of UAB to apply. The proposal could include pre-clinical, patient-oriented, or epidemiological studies regarding populations of interest and could address kidney transplant, acute kidney injury, CKD, ESKD, genetic kidney disease (Fabry, PKD, IgA nephtropahty, etc.) or other related kidney-related outcomes. 

Number of Awards: One award is anticipated to be funded. 
Award Budget: $40,000 in project-related direct costs.
Award Period:  November 2020 - October 2021  
Eligibility: Any UAB faculty member may apply.
Application Due Date: October 1, 2020, 5:00 pm.
Send an electronic copy via email to andringa@uab.edu.
Decision on initial applications: November 1, 2020
Anticipated start date of funding:
December 2, 2020
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Read the full RFA for additional requirements.


For additional information, please contact Dr. Anupam Agarwal aagarwal@uabmc.edu, Dr. Paul Sanders psanders@uabmc.edu or Dr. Kelly Andringa andringa@uab.edu.

 

Past Pilot Project Winners

Please select one of the years below to view winners, their organization, and project title. 

2016

Gabriela Oates, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Bikeshare for Low-Income Urban Communities: A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study

Caroline Compretta, PhD
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Kid Koders for Health: Promoting Physical Activity among Underserved Youth

Ariane Rung, PhD
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Mobile Mindfulness Training to Reduce Chronic Health Disparities in Louisiana Women

Bisakha Sen, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Social-Ecologocial Stressors, Obesity-Risk & Racial Disparities in Obesity: A Longitudinal Study

Olivio Clay, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Examining Associations between Social Determinants of Health, Obesity and Comorbid Conditions, and Longitudinal Outcomes among Older African American and Caucasian Medicare Beneficiaries

Arnita Norwood, PhD
University of Mississippi Medical Center
The Association Between Job-Related Factors and Ideal Cardiovascular Health Among African Americans with and without Diabetes

Adam Wende, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
100 Black Men of America, Inc. Novel Expression of Cardiac Gene Expression in African American Men in Heart Failure

Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Universal Screening for HIV, Hepatitis C and Colorectal Cancer among African American Men: A Collaboration between UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and 100 Black Men of America


Rhonda Jones-Webb, PhD
University of Minnesota
100 Black Men of America, Inc. Violence and Related Injuring among African American Male Youth: Pathways to Prevention Articulated by Community Members and Police Officers

Sunil Sudarshan, MD
University of Minnesota
100 Black Men of America, Inc.
DNA 5-hydroxymethylcytosine(5hmc): Guarding the Prostate Epigenome from Malignant Progression in African American Men


Jayanth Panyam, PhD
University of Minnesota
100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Fibrinolytics for Improving Lung Cancer Outcomes in African American Men


Susan Mayfield-Johnson, PhD
Daniel Le

University of Southern Mississippi & Boat People SOS
Measuring Vulnerability and Developing Resiliency with the Vietnamese Gulf Coast

Frederick Green, PhD
Deborah Martin

University of Southern Mississippi & Hattiesburg Public School District
Access to Extracurricular Athletic Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

2015

Patrick Packer
Black People Run, Bike and Swim

Yu-Mei Schoenberger, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Walk to Smartphone Application

Henry Nuss, PhD
Louisiana State University Health Science Center
Growing Healthy Roots: A social marketing campaign to increase the amount of fruit and vegetable purchases in the Hollygrove neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana

Gareth Dutton, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Stop Obesity Now (SONNY): A Family-Based Intervention to Reduce Obesity in the Black Belt

Elizabeth Baker, PhD
Irena Stepanikova, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham
Investigating the Relationship between Perceived Discrimination and Obesity among African Americans in Mississippi

Jonathan Daw, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
The Role of Behavioral, Family, and Community Effects on Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Comorbidity in Obesity, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Hypertension, and All-Cause Mortality

Irena Stepanikova, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Exploring Social and Lifestyle Factors in Minority Aging: Obesity, Perceived Discrimination, and Chronic Systemic Inflammation

William C. Cockerham, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
A Comparison of Black and White Racial Differences in Health Lifestyles and Cardiovascular Disease

Meifang Chen, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Association of Food Environment and Mediterranean Diet Adherence and Obesity in the US: A Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysis

Robert Collins, PhD
Dillard University
Segregation and the Disparities in the Built Environment

Anne Zinski, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Characterizing Healthcare Utilization in Black Males to Improve HCV Outcomes

Kylee Funk, PharmD
University of Minnesota
Improving Diabetes Medication Management through Face to Face and Social Media Support Among African American Men

Ruth A. Lindquist, PhD
University of Minnesota
Developing and Testing a New Model to Reduce Risks for Heart Disease and Stroke

Mohammad Saleem Bhat, PhD
University of Minnesota
Novel Biomarker that Discriminates Indolent from Aggressive Phenotype in AA Men

Voinea-Griffin Andreea, DDS, MBA, MSHA
Sonia White

Texas A&M University & Community Council of Greater Dallas
Compliance Barriers and Initial Outcomes of the Medicaid First Dental Home Policy in Dallas County

Amanda Staiano, PhD
Andrew Allen

Louisiana State University Pennington
Physical Activity and Screen-Time Regulations in Child Care Centers: Influence on Young Children's Health Behaviors

Roma Hanks, PhD
Barbara Estes

University of South Alabama & Via Health
Policies on Intergenerational Relationships in Livable Communities and Their Impact on Health Outcomes

Maureen Lichtveld, MD
Thao Yu

Tulane University & Mississippi Coalition for Vietnamese-American Fisher Folks and Families
Making Environmental Policy Work for Communities: A Culturally Competent CBPR Approach to Advancing the Health of Gulf Coast Vietnamese-Americans

2014

Richard Scribner, MD, MPH
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Monitoring Social Determinants of Obesity Outcomes in a Community Clinic

Abigail Gamble, PhD
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Connecting Health with Education in a Rural Setting with Health Councils

Nicole Redmond, MD, PhD
UAB School of Medicine, Preventive Medicine
Understanding Hypertension among Black Men in a Faith-Based Setting

Larrell Wilkinson, PhD, MSPH
UAB School of Education, Human Studies
Healthy Eating, Activitity, and Resting Together (HEART) Matters

Christopher Warlick, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota
Evaluation of the CCP Score Risk-Stratification Tool in African-American Men

Jerome Kolbo, PhD
University of Southern Mississippi
Community-Based Participatory Research of Policies and Practices Affecting Adolescent Sexual Health in Mississippi

Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD
UAB School of Public Health
Opt-Out HIV Testing Guidelines and Barriers to Implementation in Alabama

2013

Elizabeth Baker, PhD
UAB College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology
Child Obesity and Mother's Ratings of Health: Variation by Maternal Nativity

Adrienne Milner, PhD
UAB College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology
Walking Buses for Adults

Andrea Cherrington, MD
UAB School of Medicine, Preventive Medicine
Assessing Social Determinants of Health of Obesity for Latino Immigrants in an Emerging Community

Amanda Willig, PhD
UAB School of Medicine
Behavioral and Social Factors Impact Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Obesity in HIV-Infected Women

Douglas Moellering, PhD
UAB School of Health Professions
Adverse Effect of Life Stress on Obesity and Disease Risk Are Mediated by Diet Quality and Oxidative Stress

James Hempe, PhD
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Metabolic Determinants of Racial Disparity in Hemoglobin Glycation

2012

April Carson, PhD, MSPH
UAB School of Public Health
Racial Differences in Glycemic Markers, Diabetes, and Albuminuria

Peter Jezewski, DMD, PhD
UAB School of Dentistry
Epidemiology of Tooth Loss in an Underserved African American Population

Jayme Locke, MD
UAB School of Medicine
Educational Campaign to Increase Organ Donation among African Americans

Jesus Salazar-Gonzalez, PhD
UAB School of Medicine
Retrotransposon Element Profiling in Colorectal Cancer Racial Disparities

Kari White, PhD
UAB School of Public Health
Unintended Pregnancy and Contraceptive Use among Recent Latina Immigrants

2011

Olivio Clay, PhD
UAB College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
Racial Differences in Diabetes Distress: Factors Related to Health Disparities

Gareth Dutton, PhD
UAB School of Medicine, Preventive Medicine
Obesity Prevention Program for African American Female High-School Students

Teri Magruder, MD
UAB School of Medicine
Effects of Exercise on Asthmatic Responses in Obese Pediatric Asthmatics: A Multi-Investigator Study

Shantel Hebert-Magee, MD
UAB School of Medicine
Prognostic and Therapeutic Significance of P53 Codon 72 Polymorphism in Triple Negative Breast Cancer in African American Women

Dorothy Pekmezi, PhD
UAB School of Public Health
Feasibility and Acceptability of Using Interactive Internet Technology to Promote Physical Activity in Latinas

2010

Leona Council, MD
UAB School of Medicine
Molecular Basis for Chronic Hepatitis C–related Liver Disease and Hepatocellular Carcinoma in African Americans

Ambika Ashraf, MD
UAB School of Medicine, Pediatrics
Influence of Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D on Glycemic Control in Children with Type 2 Diabetes

Comfort Enah, PhD, RN
UAB School of Nursing
Developing and Evaluating an Electronic HIV Game for HIV Prevention with African American Rural Adolescents

Sonya Heath, MD
UAB School of Medicine
Acute HIV Infection: A Missed Diagnostic Opportunity Driving the HIV Epidemic

2009

Keshia Sims Elder, OD
UAB School of Optometry
Ocular Inflammation in African American and European American Patients with SLE

Derek DuBay, MD
UAB School of Medicine
Development of an African American Salon-Based Intervention to Increase Organ Donation

Laura Kelly Vaughan, PhD
UAB School of Medicine
Bad Genes or Genes Behaving Badly: Are Hispanic-American Children Predisposed to “Thriftiness” Resulting in Increased Fat Accumulation at the Expense of Bone Mass?

2008

Nefertiti Durant, MD, MPH
UAB School of Medicine
Self-Efficacy and Social Support of Exercise in Young African Women: Tools for Success?

Elizabeth Brown, PhD, MPH
UAB School of Public Health
Functional Genomics and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in a High-Risk Minority Population

Marcela Frazier, OD
UAB School of Optometry
Development and Pilot-Testing of an Intervention to Improve Access to Eye Care for Hispanic Children

Anthony Roberson, PhD, MPH
UAB School of Nursing
Assessing the Mental Health Needs of Impoverished African American Adolescents Residing in High-Poverty Neighborhoods in Alabama

2007

Raegan Durant, MD, MPH
UAB School of Medicine, Preventive Medicine
A Pilot Study of Social Support and Hospital Use for Heart Failure

Olivia Thomas - Affuso, PhD
UAB School of Public Health, Epidemiology
Effect of Exercise on Energy Balance in Overweight African American Youth

Andrea Cherrington, MD, MPH
UAB School of Medicine, Internal Medicine
Culturally Adapting a Proven Weight-Loss Intervention to Reduce Diabetes Risk in Latina Immigrants

2006

Mirjam-Colette Kempf, PhD, MPH
UAB School of Public Health
Antiretroviral Therapy Exposure in HIV-Positive Pregnant Women and Their Infants in the South

Myriam Peralta-Carcelen, MD, MPH
UAB School of Medicine
Mejorando La Salud de Los Niños Prematuros (Improving the Health of Premature Children)

Tina Simpson, MD, MPH
UAB School of Medicine
Improving Partner Communication Regarding Sexually Transmitted Infections

2005

Jamy Ard, MD
UAB School of Health Professions
Enhancing Weight-Loss Outcomes in African Americans Using a Modified EatRight Approach

Lucy Annang, PhD
UAB School of Public Health
Peer Education to Promote STI Prevention among Young Adult African American Women

Monica Baskin, PhD UAB School of Medicine Childhood Obesity Intervention at the Chris McNair Health Department

HDRTP Pilot Awards

Kesha Buster, MD UAB School of Medicine
Shadi Martin, PhD University of Alabama
JoAnn Oliver, PhD University of Alabama
Angela Jukkala, PhD UAB School of Nursing
Jamie Cannon, MD UAB Department of Medicine
Giyeon Kim, PhD University of Alabama
Allison Litton, DrPH UAB School of Medicine
Shannon Morrison, PhD UAB School of Nursing