April 17, 2020

14 awarded COVID-19 research grants

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The School of Medicine has partnered with the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute to fund 14 Principal Investigators an award to study various implications of COVID-19. Part of the funds, $350,000, were philanthropic gifts to the School of Medicine, and another $300,000 was funded by the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute. The average award was $46,000. There was a tremendous response to the RFA, with over 50 applications.

The awardees are listed below: 

PI (alphabetical order) Department Name Title
Chatham, W. Walter Department of Medicine, Division of Immunology and Rheumatology Early Identification and Treatment of Cytokine Storm Syndrome in COVID-19
Davis, Randall Department of Medicine; Department of Microbiology; Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics Defining Serologic and Neutralizing Humoral Immunity to COVID-19
DeShane, Jessy Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care Medicine Human Lung Tissue Model of SARS-CoV-2 Infection to Monitor Treatment Response
Feldman, Sue Department of Medical Education; School of Public Health Department of Health Services Administration HelpBeatCovid19: Crowdsourced COVID-19 Symptom Tracker
Goepfert, Paul Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Establishment of a Biospecimen Repository to Enable SARS-CoV-2/COVID19 Research at UAB
Harrod, Kevin Department of Anesthesiology SARS-CoV-2 Interventions for Mitigating COVID-19.
Khodneva, Yulia General Medicine Fellow Baseline Use of Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) Inhibitors and the Risk of Severe Novel Coronavirus Infection (COVID19)
Larimer, Benjamin Department of Radiology Development of a Rapid and Scalable COVID-19 Antibody Epitope Mapping Platform by Phage Display
Leal, Sixto Department of Pathology Optimization of SARS-CoV-2 Diagnostic Testing Throughput and Prognostic Significance
Lennemann, Nicholas Department of Microbiology Fluorescent Cell-based Reporter Platform for Detecting SARS-CoV2 Infection
Petit, Chad Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Targeting nsp1 of SARS-CoV-2 for Antiviral Development
Randall, Troy
Lund, Fran
Department of Medicine, Division of Immunology and Rheumatology; Department of Microbiology Development of SARS-2 Recombinant Proteins for Diagnostics, Vaccine Testing and Research.
Rowe, Steve Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine A Ferret Model of COVID-19 Pathogenesis and Treatment
Zaky, Ahmed Department of Anesthesiology Inhalational Bitter Taste Receptors Agonists for the Treatment of SARS-COV-2