Advance-CTR is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2020 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:

"Predicting Hemorrhage and Thrombosis in Mechanical Circulatory Support: A Study Using Machine Learning"


Adeel Abbasi, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, Clinician Educator
Lifespan, Rhode Island Hospital


Mentors: Carsten Eickhoff, PhDNeil Sarkar, PhD, Neel Sodha, MD, Corey Ventetuolo, MD

"Epilepsy and Neurocognitive Function in Patients with Neurogenetic Disorders"



Brian Kavanaugh, PsyD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
Lifespan, Bradley Hospital



Luca Bartolini, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Neurosurgery, and Neurology
Lifespan, Hasbro Children's Hospital

Mentors: Eric Morrow, MD, PhD; Judy Shih-Hwa Liu, Md, PhD

"Cord Metabolome and Childhood Obesity and Cardiometabolic Disease Risk"


Nan Li, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Research)
Brown University, School of Public Health


Kurt Pennell, PhD
250th Anniversary Professor of Engineering
Brown University, School of Engineering

Co-Investigator: Charles Eaton, MD
Mentor: Joseph Braun, PhD

"Transportability of Risk Prediction Models"



Jon Steingrimsson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics
Brown University, School of Public Health


Issa Dahabreh, MD, ScD
Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, and Epidemiology
Brown University, School of Public Health

Mentor: Christopher Schmid, PhD

"Are We 'Choosing Wisely' and Improving Value in Cancer Care?"

ami-vyas-200.pngAmi Vyas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy


Mentor: Stephen Kogut, PhD