Advance-CTR is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2018 Pilot Projects Program. 

The awarded teams represent cross-disciplinary, inter-institutional collaborations among junior investigators and senior mentors on a wide-range of projects that address the Rhode Island’s health priorities. The program provides up to $75,000 in direct costs to multi-PI teams and $37,500 in direct costs to single-PIs.  The awardees are as follows:

 

Modification of Orthopaedic Biomaterials with Osteolysis Inhibitors and Osteoconductive Peptides

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Valentin Antoci, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics at Rhode Island Hospital

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Douglas Moore, MS
Associate Director, Rhode Island Hospital 

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Wentian Yang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at Rhode Island Hospital 

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Anita Shukla, PhD
Assistant Professor of Engineering, and Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology at Brown University

Mentors: J.J. Trey Crisco, PhD; and Roy Aaron, MD

 

The Development of a Personalized, Real-time Intervention for Substance-Using Emerging Adults Leaving Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization

 

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Claire Blevins, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research) at Butler Hospital

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Ana Abrantes, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Butler Hospital

Mentors: Ana Abrantes, PhD; and Michael Stein, MD

 

New Methods to Evaluate the Effects of Opioids in Provider-Based Networks

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Ashley Buchanan, DrPH
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy

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Jeffrey Bratberg, PharmD
Clinical Professor at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy

Mentors: Joe Hogan, ScD; and Steve Kogut, PhD, MBA

 

Development of Surface Enhanced Resonance Raman Spectroscopy Nanoprobes to IL13R2α for Specific Labelling of Glioma

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Ou Chen, PhD
Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Brown University

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Steven Toms, MD
Professor of Neurosurgery and Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital

Mentor: Nikos Tapinos, MD, PhD

 

Memory Bias of Affective Responses to Physical Activity: A Novel Intervention Target for Increasing Physical Activity

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Kathryn Demos, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research) at The Miriam Hospital

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Jessica Unick​, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research) at The Miriam Hospital

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David Williams, PhD
Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Brown University School of Public Health

Mentor: David Williams, PhD

 

Translating an Area-Based Socio-Economic Deprivation Index Into Clinical Practice

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Annie Gjelsvik, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health

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Adam Sullivan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at the Brown Univeristy School of Public Health

Mentors: Patrick Vivier, MD, PhD; and Amal Trivedi, MD

 

Towards Testing the Cross-Cultural Validity of Dual Process Models of Alcohol Use

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Hector Lopez-Vergara, PhD
Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research) at the Brown University  School of Public Health

 

Mentor: Kristina Jackson, PhD

 

Anti-Angiogenic Therapy in the Treatment of Ovarian Cancer: Agent-Specific Toxicity, Response and Resistance

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Cara Mathews, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women and Infants Hospital 

 

Mentors: Paul DiSilvestro, MD; and Surendra Sharma, MD, PhD

 

Identification of Gene Pathway Involved in Phenotype Modification of Pompe Disease

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Mari Mori, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Rhode Island Hospital

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Ece Uzun, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital

Mentor: Jim Padbury, MD

Automated Assessment of Nuclear Stress Test Appropriateness and Downstream Patient Outcomes

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Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice
Providence VA Medical Center 

 

Mentor: Wen-Chih (Hank) Wu, MD, MPH
 

Post-Hospitalization Community Pharmacy Medication Therapy Management for Heart Failure

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Tracey Taveira, PharmD
Professor of Pharmacy at the Providence VA Medical Center

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Philip Haines, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital

Mentor: Wen-Chih (Hank) Wu, MD, MPH

 

Enhance Antitumor Immunity via Modulating Myeloid-Derived Suppressor Cells

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Yuan Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor at the University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy

 

Mentors: Bingfang Yan, DVM, PhD; and Ruitang Deng, PhD