Pilot Studies Grant Awards - 2012 Grantees

Each year, Frontiers awards pilot grants to researchers at participating institutions. Grantees for 2012 are listed below in alphabetical order by principal investigator.

Robin Aupperle,  PhD, Assistant Professor
Psychology, UMKC
Investigating effects of cognitive training on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
In collaboration with Joan McDowd, PhD, Psychology , UMKC; Jared Bruce, PhD, Psychology, UMKC; Cherilyn DeSouza, MD, Psychiatry, Kansas City VA Medical Center; Mary Oehlert, PhD, Mental/Behavioral Health, VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System; Laura Martin PhD, Psychology, KUMC

Jared Bruce, PhD, Assistant Professor
Psychology, UMKC
Development of a Motivational Intervention to Improve Treatment Adherence in Multiple Sclerosis
In collaboration with Amanda Bruce, PhD, Psychologist, UMKC; Delwyn Catley, PhD, Clinical Health Psychologist, UMKC; Kathleen Goggin, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, UMKC; Sharon Lynch, MD, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, KUMC; Deborah Sobotka, APRN, Nurse/Recruit, Truman Medical Center

Lila Chrysikou, PhD, Assistant Professor
Psychology, KUMC
Functional Neuromodulation of Frontal Cortical Activity with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Unipolar Depression
In collaboration with Rick E. Ingram, PhD, Psychology, KUMC; Laura Martin PhD, Psychology, KUMC

Allen Greiner, MD, MPH Professor
Family Medicine, KUMC
African American Colorectal Cancer Health Disparities
In collaboration with Ishfaq Ahmed, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, KUMC; Daniel Buckles, MD, Gastroenterology, KUMC; Megan Eckles, MPH, Family Medicine, KUMC; Philip Hardwidge, PhD, Micorbiolgoy, Molecular Genetics and Immunology, KUMC; Christina Hester, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, KUMC; Minzhao Huang, Research Assistant, KUMC; Shahid Umar, PhD, Molecular and Integrative Physiology KUMC

Rajasingh Johnson,PhD, HCLD Assistant Professor
Cardiovascular Diseases, KUMC
Derivation of functional cardiomyocytes from human keratinocytes by using epigenetic modifiers
In collaboration with Buddhadeb Dawn, MD, Cardiovascular Diseases, KUMC; Jayakumar Thangavel, Postdoctoral Fellow, KUMC

Patricia Kluding, PT, PhD, Associate Professor
Physical Therapy and Rehab, KUMC
Exercise and Nerve Function in People with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy
In collaboration with Sandra Billinger, PhD, Physical Therapist, KUMC; Joseph LeMaster, MPH, Family Medicine, KUMC; Mamatha Pasnoor, MD, Neurology, KUMC; David Robbins, MD, Endocrinology, Metabolism and Genetics, KUMC; Douglas Wright, PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology, KUMC

Moben Mirza, MD,  Assistant Professor
Urologic Oncology, KUMC
Evaluation of Lithium and its Effect on Clinically Localized Prostate Cancer
In collaboration with Jeffrey M Holzbeierlein, MD, Urology Surgery, KUMC; Peter Van Veldhuizen, MD, Hematology/Oncology, KUMC; Benyi Li, MD, PhD, Urology Surgery, KUMC; Greg Reed, PhD, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, KUMC; David Duchene, MD, Urology Surgery, KUMC; J. Brantley Thrasher, MD, Urology Surgery, KUMC

Jason Stubbs, MD, Assistant Professor
Medicine, KUMC
Differential Effects of Ergocalciferol and Cholecalciferol Therapies in Chronic Kidney Disease
In collaboration with James B. Wetmore, MD, Nephrology and Hypertension, KUMC

Amber Watts, PhD, Research Associate
KU Alzheimer's Disease Center, KU-Lawrence
Measuring Unstructured Physical Activity in Older Adults With and Without Alzheimer’s Disease
In collaboration with Jeffrey Burns, MD, Alzheimer and Memory Program, KUMC; David Johnson, PhD, Neuropsychology, KU-Lawrence; Eric Vidoni, PhD, Alzheimer and Memory Program, KUMC; Richard Washburn, PhD, Cardiovascular Research Center, KUMC

Other Awards Made Possible By Funding Through:

$15K/$15k - Frontiers and Internal Medicine

Joel Mermis, MD, Assistant Professor
Internal Medicine, KUMC
Impact of Azithromycin on Monocyte Phenotype and Associated Pulmonary Epit helial Tight Junction Integrity in Cystic Fibrosis Patients
In collaboration with Navneet Dhillon, PhD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, KUMC; Amy O’Brien-Ladner, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, KUMC; Robert De Lisle, PhD, Anatomy and Cell Biology, KUMC

Wichita - WCGME-KBA funds

Nicole Klaus, PhD, ABPP Assistant Professor
Psychiatry, KUMC-Wichita
Spanish Psychoeducational Psychotherapy for Families of Children with Mood Disorders


Majed  Dasouki, MD, Professor
Pediatrics, KUMC
High throughput gene discovery of craniofacial birth defect
In collaboration with Brian Andrews, MD, Plastic Surgery, KUMC; Irfan Saadi, PhD, Plastic Surgery, KUMC

$15/$15 - Frontiers and UMKC

Jannette Berkley-Patton, BSEE, MA, PhD, Assistant Professor
Psychology, UMKC
STD Screening in African American Churches