2015 DTRI Supplemental Awards

The following faculty received CTSA-funded Supplemental Awards in 2015:


Wendy Prudhomme-O'Meara, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Global Health

“Novel mHealth platform to ensure quality of community-based malaria diagnosis”

Project Description:  We propose to implement a new mobile interface that automatically reads and troubleshoots malaria rapid diagnostic test cassettes. This device will allow us to establish an extensive quality assurance program within our community-based malaria diagnosis trial.


Yong-hui Jiang, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

“Developing In vivo Functional Biomarkers for Autism Clinical Trial”

Project Description:  Supported from the findings of abnormal structural and functional brain connectivity in Shank3 autism mouse model and potential treatment, we propose a translational  study of examining the structural and functional connectivity in human SHANK3 autism using EEG and diffuse tensor imaging methods.


Scott Palmer, MD, Professor of Medicine

"Proteomics of chronic lung allograft dysfunction"

Project Description:  This project is a cross-sectional proteomic analysis of existing bronchoalveolar lavage fluid samples from patients with distinct clinical forms of chronic lung allograft dysfunction that occur after lung transplantation. It will help define these distinct forms and will inform future studies.


Geoffrey Ginsburg, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Pathology, Biomedical Engineering

"Enhancing risk assessment data collection and sustainability through mobile technology"

Project Description:  We will develop a smartphone app that will: enhance study enrollment among lower resource patients, improve the quality and type of data collected by the risk assessment program, and add SMART-on-FHIR compatibility to enhance communication with sites’ electronic medical records.


Hiroaki Matsunami, PhD, Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

"Function of primate G-protein coupled vomeronasal (VNO) receptors"

Project Description: Humans and other animals use GPCRs to detect and discriminate amongst a myriad of chemosignals. Here we propose to generate transgenic mouse lines expressing lemur V1Rs, some of them are labeled with fluorescent proteins. Using these mice we will start to investigate function of these receptors.


These awards provide up to $25,000 to extend already funded research into new areas that were unanticipated when the researchers submitted the original grant.