School of Public Health Seed Grant Recipients

In June, Deans Bess Marcus and David Savitz introduced the School of Public Health Seed Grant Program to connect faculty collaborators across our Research Centers who have not previously worked together but have complementary interests and capabilities. This program is intended to support new applications for external funding and builds upon the Center structure to encourage faculty to come together in novel and creative ways. The School-wide program is designed to facilitate enhanced research productivity and stimulate highly competitive grant applications that likely would not have been developed otherwise.
 
Many high-quality proposals were received, and carefully reviewed by senior faculty members who generously volunteered their time. The proposals and teams selected to receive awards are:

Modeling the Effect of First-line Nondrug Interventions that Manage Dementia Related Behavioral Symptoms

  • Eric Jutkowitz, Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research; Health Services, Policy & Practice
  • Stavroula Chrysanthopoulou, Center for Statistical Sciences; Biostatistics
  • Rowan Iskandar, Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health; Health Services, Policy & Practice  

Understanding the Influences of Cravings and Aversions During Pregnancy

  • Alison Field, Centers for Epidemiology and Environmental Health; Epidemiology
  • Patrick Vivier, Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute; Health Services, Policy & Practice  

Estimating the Optimal Positivity Criterion for Lung Cancer Screening with Low-Dose Computed Tomography: A Decision Modeling Approach

  • Rowan Iskandar, Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health; Health Services, Policy & Practice
  • Orestis Panagiotou, Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research; Health Services, Policy & Practice
  • Ilana Gareen, Center for Statistical Sciences; Epidemiology  

The Adverse Health Impacts on Families and Communities of the US Opioid Overdose Epidemic

  • Brandon Marshall, Centers for Epidemiology and Environmental Health; Epidemiology
  • Gregory Wellenius, Center for Environmental Health and Technology; Epidemiology
  • Kate Weinberger, Center for Environmental Health and Technology; Epidemiology  

A Virtual Senior Center Pilot Intervention to Address Social Isolation Among Homebound Older Adults

  • Emily Gadbois, Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research; Health Services, Policy & Practice
  • Amy Nunn, Rhode Island Public Health Institute; Center for Health Equity Research