2017 DERC P&F Grants AWARDED

Pilot and Feasibility Projects in Endocrinology & Diabetes
Pilot & Feasibility Program, Director: Peter Tontonoz

On behalf of the UCSD/UCLA Diabetes Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Grant Committee, the UCSD/UCLA DRC Center is delighted to announce that we have awarded 7 outstanding projects for seed funding in 2017 out of 17 superb applications. The number and quality of the applications is clear evidence for the remarkable scientific environment that exists in our universities for supporting diabetes research especially among promising young scientists. The UCSD/UCLA DRC funds four grantees per year at approximately $40,000-$50,000.

THE UCSD/UCLA DERC is Proud to Announce the 2017 P&F AWARDEES:

Junior Faculty Developmental Award winner:

Wenxian Fu,PhD, UCSD, for the proposal “Role of interleukin 2 receptor signaling in type 1 diabetes.”

P&F awardees:

  • Steven Bensinger, VMD, PhD UCLA, for the proposal “Determining the impact of SREBP signaling in macrophages on type I IFN-mediated inflammation and diabetes.” .
  • Wei Ying, PhD , UCSD, and LIAI, for the proposal “Adipose tissue macrophages secrete exosomal miRNAs as paracrine molecules to directly modulate insulin target cell function in response to obesity.” .
  • Marc Liesa-Roig,PhDUCLA, for the proposal “A novel mitochondrial target determining hepatic insulin sensitivity in the obese.” .
  • Jorge F. Giani, PhD, CEDARS-SINAI, for the proposal "The role of ACE on interleukin-1 beta production by renal tubular epithelial cells.”
  • Ju Youn Kim, PhD, UCSD, for the proposal "New Role of Caspase 2 in SREBP activation and de novo Lipid Synthesis via S1P cleavage.
  • Phillip Gordts, PhD, UCSD for the proposal “Genetic Analysis of adipocyteassociated Proteoglycans in type-2 diabetes and obesity.
Please join us in congratulating these promising young investigators!

See a full history of our P&F awardees here: History of successful applications

Final report and presentation at the annual retreat
    A report on each pilot and feasibility study conducted will be provided at the end of the study period and an update will be provided yearly for four years after the completion of the award. These brief reports will contain professional career status at the time of the award and at the time of the report; an overview of the project including its significance and salient results; a list of resulting publications; and peer-reviewed subsequent funding in the same or related areas. Funded P&F investigators will attend the annual DRC retreat as well as a meeting of Regional P&F awardees, and present the results of their work in the year immediately following their award. Travel to these meetings will be charged to the individual P&F awards.