September 10, 2015
UC San Diego Clinical and Translational Research Institute
(CTRI) is pleased to announce the selection of 15 Pilot Project grant awardees
for 2015. Pilot Project grants are one-year competitive cash awards for
researchers to obtain preliminary data. The 2015
awardees are all from UC San Diego and represent 10 departments. In the
categories of clinical
research, translational research, innovative technology, and personalized
medicine there were 13 recipients. In the category of academic-community partnership there were two recipients. Both academic-community
partnership teams also included a co-investigator from San Diego State
University and a partner from the local community.
Pilot Projects for 2015 range
from evaluating the development of brain structure in pre-term infants, to studying
the health-related quality of life of pediatric patients with facial
deformities, to optimizing vaccine efficacy in organ transplant recipients.
"We received outstanding submissions for a wide range of studies,
and were very impressed by the breadth and creativity of the projects
proposed," said Murray Stein, MD, MPH, director of CTRI Pilot Project Funding.
"We are excited about this year's selection and look forward to seeing the
results of early data from each study." Stein led the selection committee for
the first four categories of projects.
Howard Taras, MD, director of the CTRI Community Engagement
Unit, developed the academic-community partnership grant program. "The
academic-community partnership program is a great way to encourage the local
community to become involved in clinical research," said Taras. "We are very
pleased to support these worthy projects, which tie together UC San Diego
investigators, researchers from other local institutions, and community
Shelia Broyles, PhD, CTRI Community Engagement Unit liaison,
oversaw the selection of the academic-community partnership projects.
funding period for the projects is August 13, 2015 through March 31, 2016.