Pilot Studies Grant Awards - 2011 Grantees

Each year, Frontiers awards 10 pilot grants of $30,000 each to researchers at participating institutions. Grantees for 2011 are listed below in alphabetical order by principal investigator.

Sandra A Billinger, PhD, Assistant Professor*
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, KUMC
Moderate-Intensity Recumbent Stepping Exercise on Cardiovascular Health In Stroke
In collaboration with Randolph J. Nudo, PhD, Molecular and Integrative Physiology,  KUMC; Michael Rippee, MD, Neurology,  KUH; Marilyn M. Rymer, MD, Neurology, Saint Luke's Health System.

Amanda Bruce, PhD, Research Assistant Professor*
Psychology, UMKC
Food for Thought:  Can Stomach Surgery Change the Brain?
In collaboration with Jared M. Bruce, PhD, Psychology, UMKC; Cary R. Savage, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, KUMC.  

Byron Gajewski, PhD, Associate Professor
Biostatistics, KUMC
Expediting Clinical and Translational Research via Bayesian Instrument Development (BID)
In collaboration with Marge Bott, RN, PhD, School of Nursing,  KUMC; Diane Boyle, PhD, School of Nursing, KUMC.

Andrew Godwin PhD, Professor
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, KUMC
Molecular Mechanisms of Differential Allele-Specific Expression of BRCA1 in TNBC
In collaboration with Priyanka Sharma, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Internal Medicine, KUMC; Larry Geir, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Internal Medicine, KUMC; Nan He, PhD, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, KUMC.

Jianghua He, PhD, Assistant Professor*
Biostatistics, KUMC
Examining and Modeling the Dynamic Association of Body Weight and Mortality
In collaboration with Jonathan Mahnken, PhD, Biostatistics, KUMC; Qing Yu, MA, Biostatistics, KUMC; Hiuquan Zhang, MS, Biostatistics, KUMC.

Jennifer Lundgren, PhD, Associate Professor*
Psychology, UMKC
Functional Neuroanatomy of Impulsivity in Obese Shorter and Longer Sleepers
In collaboration with Laura Martin, PhD, Preventive Medicine & Public Health, KUMC; Cary Savage, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,  KUMC; Lauren Pollack, BA, Psychology, UMKC.

Renee Mijal, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor*
Preventive Medicine and Public Health, KUMC
Glutathione S-Transferase Polymorphisms and Mechanisms of Male-Infertility
In collaboration with Ajay K. Nangia, MBBS, Urology Surgery, KUMC; Katherine Roby, PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology, KUMC; Sacha A. Krieg, MD, PhD, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, KUMC

Priyanka Sharma, MD Assistant Professor*
Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, KUMC
Expediting Clinical and Biomarkers of Response to Platinum Chemotherapy in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
In collaboration with Roy Jensen, MD, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, KUMC; Andrew Godwin, PhD, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, KUMC.

Connie Wang, MD, Assistant Professor*, Nephrology, Department of Internal Medicine, KUMC. High Resolution MRI IN Polycystic Kidney Disease: Implications for prognosis, in collaboration with Jared Grantham, MD, Nephrology, KUMC; Louis Wetzel, MD, Radiology, KUMC.

Kristine Williams, PhD, Associate Professor
School of Nursing, KUMC
Home Monitoring and Feedback for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia
In collaboration with Anne Arthur, ARNP, KUMC.

*Denotes Junior Faculty Member