Pilot Studies Awards - 2013 Grantees

Each year, Frontiers awards pilot grants of $30,000 for research projects by investigators at participating institutions. Typically, Frontiers grants 10 pilot awards. In 2013, Frontiers partnered with other organizations and units to support a larger number of meritorious applications. In some cases, these units took advantage of Frontiers' peer review board and fully funded the awards.

Grantees for 2013 are listed below in alphabetical order by prinicipal investigator. Unless otherwise indicated, Frontiers fully funded the listed project (NCATS grant #ULTR000001).

2013 Pilot Award Recipients

Omar Aljitawi, M.D., assistant professor of Hematology/Oncology, KU Medical Center.
Hyperbaric oxygen to improve engraftment post-cord blood transplantation.

Christie Befort, Ph.D., assistant professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, KU Medical Center.
Reducing sedentary behavior to prevent weight regain among breast cancer survivors.
Award funded by Frontiers and the KUMC Research Institute Clinical Pilot Program.

Marco Bortolato, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Kansas.
Therapeutic use of Finasteride for levodopa-induced dyskinesias.

Gabriel Converse, Ph.D., assistant professor of Cardiac Surgery, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.
Bioreactor-Engineered Living Heart Valves for Children Using Bone Marrow Cells.
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Award funded by Frontiers and Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.

Jared Grantham, M.D., distinguished professor of Nephrology, KU Medical Center.
A New Diet for Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease.
Award funded by Frontiers and the KUMC Research Institute Clinical Pilot Program.

Jessie Huisinga, Ph.D., assistant professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, KU Medical Center.
Assessment of gait and balance in persons with multiple sclerosis using wireless sensors.
Award funded by Frontiers and the KUMC Research Institute Clinical Pilot Program.

Hartmut Jaeschke, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Therapeutics, KU Medical Center.
Mechanisms of Cholestatic Liver Injury in Humans.
* Award funded by Frontiers and the KUMC Research Institute Clinical Pilot Program.

Kostas Kokkinakis, Ph.D., assistant professor of Speech-Language-Hearing, University of Kansas.
Binaural speech perception with auditory prostheses.

Phil Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KU Medical Center.
Quantification of morphological changes in the human brain with multiple sclerosis.
Award funded by Frontiers and the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE). (NIH P20 Grant #GM103418)

Steven LeVine, Ph.D., professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KU Medical Center.
An intervention for Krabbe Disease.
* Award funded by the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE). (NIH P20 Grant #GM103418)

Laura Martin, Ph.D., assistant professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, KU Medical Center.
Relationships between exercise, craving and brain responses among smokers.

Utako Minai, Ph.D., assistant professor of Linguistics, University of Kansas.
Pre-birth Assessment of Language Ability: a Fetal EMG Study.

Nicole Nollen, Ph.D., associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, KU Medical Center.
Moderate intensity exercise as an adjunct to smoking cessation treatment for African-American women.
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Award funded by Frontiers and the KUMC Research Institute Clinical Pilot Program.

Sripriya Raman, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatric Endocrinology, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.
Role of HbA1c Variability in Risk Prediction Models for Diabetes Mellitus (DM) Nephropathy in Children with Type I Diabetes.
Award funded by Frontiers and Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.

G. Sullivan Read, Ph.D., professor of Cell Biology and Biophysics, University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Exploring the Herpes Simplex Virus UL41 Protein as a Target for Anti-Viral Drugs.
Award funded by Frontiers and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Catherine Siengsukon, P.T., Ph.D., assistant professor of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, KU Medical Center.
The effects of aerobic exercise on daytime sleepiness and speed of information processing in individuals with multiple sclerosis.
Award funded by Frontiers, the KUMC School of Health Professions, and KUMC's Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science.

Aravind Sugumar, Ph.D., assistant professor of Internal Medicine, KU Medical Center.
Targeting Patient Derived Pancreatic Cancer Cells with Novel Flavanoid P276.
* Award funded by the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant. (Grant #IRG-09-062-01)

Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., R.D., professor of Dietetics and Nutrition, KU Medical Center.
Alzheimer's Disease Ketogenic Diet Feasibility and Retention Trial.
* Award funded by Frontiers and KUMC's Alzheimer's Disease Center. (Grant #P30AG035982)

Russell Swerdlow, M.D., professor of Neurology, KU Medical Center.
Ovaloacetate Pharmacokinetics and Safety.
* Award funded by the KUMC Department of Neurology's Ziegler Investigator Award Program.

Eric Vidoni, P.T., Ph.D., assistant professor of Neurology, KU Medical Center.
A Clinical Intervention to Increase Physical Activity in Those with MCI.
* Award funded by the KUMC Department of Neurology's Ziegler Investigator Award Program.

Douglas Wright, Ph.D., professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology, KU Medical Center.
Glyoxalase 1 Protects Epidermal Axons in Human Diabetic Neuropathy.
* Award funded by Frontiers and the KUMC Research Institute Clinical Pilot Program.