CTRI Announces 2015 Pilot Project Awardees

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 organizations."

Shelia Broyles, PhD, CTRI Community Engagement Unit liaison, oversaw the selection of the academic-community partnership projects.

The funding period for the projects is August 13, 2015 through March 31, 2016.