Funded Projects

(as of June 30, 2016)

  • Paola Pergami was awarded $38,914 in the T1-T4 Competition.  Her project is titled “Can we predict Motor and Cognitive Outcome After Ischemic Brain Lesions by Combination of Resting State fMRI and Measures of White Matter Integrity?”
  • Daniel McNeil was awarded $25,000 from WVCTSI and $25,000 from Indiana CTSI for a total of $50,000 in the CTSA Partnership Grant Competition.  His project is titled “Enhancing exposure for dental phobia using D-Cylcoserine.”
  • Stephen Alway was awarded $50,000 in the T1-T4 Competition.  His project is titled “Phase I (T1) translation of basic to clinical research: Offsetting Sarcopenia with Exercise and Resveratrol.”
  • Rajesh Naz was awarded $25,000 from WVCSTI and $25,000 from UK CCTS for a total of $50,000 in the CCTS Joint Pilot Award.  His project is titled “Investigation of Ovarian Transcription Factors, Chemokines, and Proteases in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Disease.”
  • Erik Bey was awarded $46,805 in the T1-T4 competition.  His project is titled “Modulation of Oxidative Stress Regulators Alters the Invasive of Non-small Cell Lung Cancers.”
  • Kelly Gurka was awarded $48,941 in the Community Engagement and Outreach competition.  Her project is titled “Acceptability to Key Constituencies and Feasibility of Opioid Overdose Prevention Program (OOPP) with Take-home Naloxone in Rural West Virginia.”
  • Gregory Konat was awarded $48,780 in the T1-T4 competition.  His project is titled “Genetic Basis of Seizure Hypersusceptibility Induced by Peripherally Restricted Inflammation.”
  • Sudjit Luanpitpong was awarded $30,000 in the T1-T4 competition.  Her project is titled “Lung Carcinogenesis of Mountaintop Mining Particulate Matter.”
  • Elena Pugacheva was awarded $50,000 in the T1-T4 competition.  Her project is titled “Phase I Pre-clinical Studies to Determine Efficacy of Aurora A (AURKA) Kinase Inhibitors MLN8052 in Prevention and Treatment of Breast Cancer Metastasis in Transplanted Stage III and IV Breast Cancer Patients.”
  • Miranda Reed was awarded $49,138 in the T1-T4 competition.  Her project is titled “Increased Clearance of Extracellular Glutamate as a Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease.”
  • Michael Regier was awarded $25,000 in the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Methodological Project competition.  His project is titled “Finding an Optimal Non-linear Interpretable Regression Smoother with Application to Epidemiological, Biomarker Clinical and Translational Research.”
  • David Siderovski was awarded $47,189 in the T1-T4 competition.  His project is titled “Establishing GPSM3 as a Novel Biomarker and/or Drug Discover Target for Inflammatory Arthritides.”
  • Sijin Wen was awarded $24,928 in the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Methodological Project competition.  His project is titled “A Bayesian Adaptive Design Evaluating Molecular Aberrations and Targeted Agents in Cancer Patients.”
  • Steven Kinsey was awarded $25,000 from WVCTSI and $25,000 from Indiana CTSI for a total of $50,000 in the CTSA Partnership Grant Competition. His project is titled “Controlling arthritic pain and inflammation by enzyme blockade”
  • Sana Akbar is the first recipient of an award from WVCTSI’s Small Grant program. She was awarded $5,000 for her project titled “Uric Acid and Sepsis."
  • Bryan Richmond was awarded $25,000 from WVCSTI and his research partner, Mark Evers from the University of Kentucky, was awarded $25,000 from UK CCTS for a total of $50,000 in the CCTS Joint Pilot Award. Their project is titled, "Randomized Controlled Trial Laproscopic Cholecystectomy vs. Non-Operative Treatment for Gallbladder Dyskinesia." 
  • Mark Olfert was awarded $3,770 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program. His project is titled, "Inflammatory responses in A1AT COPD patients."
  • Takashi Komabayshi was awarded $5000 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program.  His project is titled, "Micro CT evaluation of endodontic retreatment."
  • Leann Long was awarded $24,749 through the WVCTSI Biostatistics Pilot competition. Her project is titled, "Meta-Analysis Implementation and Other Advanced Statistical Methods for Alternating Treatment Single Case Design Data."
  • John Barnett was awarded $5,000 through WVCTSI's Small Grants Program. His project is titled, "Inhibition of bone erosion using haloanalides as blockers of osteoclast differentiation."
  • Julie Hicks-Patrick was awarded $5,000 through WVCTSI's Small Grants Program. Her project is titled, "Methodological Advances in Daily Experience Sampling."
  • Julie Brefczynski-Lewis was awarded $5,000 in through WVCTSI's Small Grants Program. Her project is titled, "Less Stress App for stress relief in heart failure  patients and age-matched controls." 
  • Matt Dietz was awarded two $5,000 grants through the Small Grants Program. The first project is titled, "Development of Novel Diagnostic Techniques for Periprosthetic Joint Infections," and the second is, "Dialing in the Correct Range of Motion: Smartphone Assessment of Knee Motion Compared to Radiographic Standards."
  • Hawley Montgomery-Downs was awarded $75,000 in the Fall 2013 T1-T4 for her project titled, "Mechanism of Infant Feeding Method Protection against Pediatric Sleep-Disordered Breathing." 
  • Bernard Scheurs was awarded $50,000 in the Obesity, Metabolic Disease and Diabetes Competition. His project is titled, "The role of metabolic syndrome in cognition and dementia." 
  • Mark Olfert was awarded $50,000 in the Obesity, Metabolic Disease and Diabetes Competition. His project is titled, "Use of Nutritional Interventions to Identify Modifiable Metabolomic Risk Factors."
  • Cecil Pollard was awarded $25,000 in the 2014 Kentucky CCTS/WVCTSI Competition. His project is titled, "The West Virginia-Kentucky Health Research Data Collaborative."
  • Scott Weed was awarded $62,000 in the Spring 2014 T1-T4 Competition. His project isi titled, "Development of an Organotypic Model to Evaluate Human Tongue Cancer Invasion."
  • John Hollander was awarded $37,500 in the Spring 2014 T1-T4 Competition. His project is titled, "Therapeutic Manipulation of Mitochondrial Protein Import in the Type 2 Diabetic Patient Heart." 
  • Jeffrey Wimsatt was awarded $74,208 thoug the Spring 2014 T1-T4 Competition for his project, "A novel treatment approach for colorectal cancer: validation in familial, pro-inflammatory and primary human xenograft models."
  • Christiaan Abildso was awarded $50,000 in the Fall 2014 T1-T4 Competition for his project, "SMART (Smartphone Mediated Activity Response Trial) Pilot Study."
  • Linda Vona-Davis was awarded $50,000 in the Fall 2014 T1-T4 Competition for her prject, "Molecular Profile of Tumor-Associated Adipose in Obese Women with Breast Cancer."
  • Manish Monga and Steven Frisch were awarded $37,500 in the Spring 2014 T1-T4 Competition or their study titled, "Studies on metformin (MF) as presurgical therapy for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) and investigation of the effects of MF, tumor genotype and MF-genotype interactions, on tumor metabolism and anoikis."
  • Sergiy Yakoveno was awarded $36,500 in the Spring 2014 T1-T4 Competition. His project is titled, "Quantitative measurement of spinal and cortical impairments and interventions to restore neuromuscular gait control." 
  • James Simpkins was awarded $100,000 in the Multi-PI Compeition for his project, "Intermittent Infection/Inflammation and Cognitive Aging." 
  • Paul Chantler was awarded $50,000 for his project, "The Diabetic rHeart," through the WVCTSI Partner Site Competition. 
  • Brock Lindsey and Jonathan Karnes were awarded $3,200 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program. Their project is titled, "Incorporation ofIL-12 in PLGA nanospheres as a novel delivery system for osteosarcoma immunotherapy."
  • Marie Abate was awarded $45,865 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Integration of a Statewide Poisoning Database and Forsenic Drug Database to Predict Drug-Related Risks and Enable Collaborative Community Based Prevention Efforts”.
  • Chris Adkins was awarded $50,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Identifying and Isolating Dormant Breast Cancer Cells in Murine Brain”.
  • Ariel Agmon was awarded $50,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Role of somatostatin-containing interneurons in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease”.
  • Maureen Bashu was awarded $4,735 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program. The project is titled, “Development of for vaginal estrogen delivery in a rodent model of volvovaginal atrophy”.
  • Melissa Blank was awarded $ 49,938 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Smoking Cessation and Opioid Dependence Treatment Integration Does Timing Matter”.
  • Cassie Brode was awarded $50,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Bari-Award: Healthy Living after Bariatric Surgery: Awareness of Changing Eating Emotions”.
  • Candice Brown was awarded 49,922 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Serum alkaline phosphatase and mitochondrial dysfunction in sepsis”.
  • Randy Bryner was awarded $4,993 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program. The project is titled, “Effects of respiratory muscle training in patients with chronic low back pain”.
  • Roger Carpenter was awarded $5,000 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program. The project is titled, “Focus Group Study on How to Better Manage Diabetes”.
  • Christopher Cifarelli was awarded $48,200 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Modulation of Radiosensitivity in High Grade Glioma via Manipulation of Epithelial-mesenchymal Transition (EMT)”.
  • Matthew Dietz was awarded $49,945 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Electrolysis as an Adjunct Treatment in Postoperative Orthopaedic Implant Infections”.
  • Gianfranco Doretto was awarded $50,000 through the WVCTSI Launch Pad Competition. The project is titled, “Immersive Virtual Reality Portal into Cellular and Subcellular Brain Structure”.
  • Sanford Emery was awarded $4,989 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program. The project is titled, “Developing a novel rat discitis model using bioluminescent staphyloccus aureus”.
  • Jeff Frisbee was awarded $5,000 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program. The project is titled, “Cardiovascular and Metabolic Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery”.
  • Werner Geldenhuys was awarded $50,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “mitoNEET ligands in Parkinson’s disease”.
  • Peter Giacobbi, was awarded $45,848 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project was titled, “App Development and Feasibility Testing for Overweight and Obese Pregnant Women in WV”.
  • Lori Hazlehurst was awarded $50,000 though the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Development of MTI-101 for Treatment of EGFR Driven Lung Cancer”.
  • James Lewis was awarded $50,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Delineating Autism Subtypes based on Sensory Profiles and Neuronal Functioning”.
  • Brock Lindsey was awarded $49,547 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Evaluation of Combined IL-12 and Anti-PD/PD-L1 for the Treatment of Osteosarcoma”.
  • Patrick Ma was awarded $ 50,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Cell Adhesion Biomarkers Discovery in Lung Cancer”.
  • Ivan Martinez was awarded $25,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition, and was co-funded by the WV IDeA funded INBRE with $25,000 in matching funds. The project is titled, “Importance of the long Non-coding RNA PRYP4 locus in the Differences between Male and Female Response to Radiation in Treatment in non-small Cell Lung Cancers”.
  • Daniel McNeil was awarded $5,000 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program. The project is titled, “Factors in Oral Health Disparities in Appalachia: Longitudinal Assessment”.
  • Albier Mousa was awarded $49,655 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program. The project is titled, “TeleHealth Care Monitoring to Reduce Post Discharge Complications and Surgical Site Infections Following Infraguinal Vascular Interventions”.
  • Xiaopeng Ning was awarded $25,000 through the WVCTSI UK CCTS collaborative funding competition. The Project is titled, “Toward an objective and quantitative assessment of lower back pain: understanding patients’ biochemical changes after lumbar facet nerve block”.
  • Ed Pistilli was awarded $49,975 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Breast Cancer Induced Skeletal Muscle Cachexia”.
  • Dovenia Ponnoth was awarded $5,000 through the WVCTSI Small Grants Program. The project was titled, “Angiotensin II and vascular AT1 receptors in asthma”.
  • Michael Ruppert was awarded $50,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Kruppel-like factors in resistance to HER2-targed Therapy”.
  • Rebecca Schmidt was awarded $50,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Utility of an Integrated Tool for Patients with Stages 4&5 Chronic Kidney Disease”.
  • Vincent Setola was awarded $50,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Evaluating Gene Variations Implicated in Opioid Abuse and Treatment Outcomes in the Chestnut Ridge Center Substance Abuse Clinic”.
  • Robert Stansbury was awarded $46,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Initiation of CPAP for Newly Diagnosed OSA in Hospitalized Heart Failure Patients: A Randomized Clinical Trial”.
  • Laurie Theeke was awarded $49,983 though the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Feasibility and Acceptability of LISTEN in Stroke Survivors”.
  • Suzy Walter was awarded $32,273 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Evaluating a Self-Management Intervention in Adolescents with Recurrent Primary Headache”.
  • Michael Schaller was awarded $100,000 through the WVCTSI Multi-PI RFA. The project is titled, “An Integrated Approach for the Rational Treatment of Recurrent Head and Neck Cancer”.
  • Han-Gang Yu was awarded $50,000 through the WVCTSI Open Competition. The project is titled, “Gene Expression Profiling of Human Obesity-related Cardiac Hypertrophy”.