Trail Blazer Award Recipients

Since March 2013, Frontiers has awarded Trail Blazer awards of $5,000 or less in support of clinical and translational research projects (complete details on the program available here). 

Recipients of Trail Blazer awards through January 2014 and their projects are listed below:

Christie Befort, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine, KU Medical Center
Reducing Sedentary Behavior to Prevent Weight Regain Among Breast Cancer Survivors: Impact on Postpranial Insulin
Awarded in January 2014

Lauren Little, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Education, KU Medical Center
Neural Mechanisms of Gustatory Processing in Autism
Awarded in January 2014

Russell Swerdlow, M.D., Professor, Neurology, KU Medical Center
Pharmacokinetics of Oxaloacetate (POX) Study
Awarded in December 2013

Nikki Nollen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine, KU Medical Center
Understanding disparities in quitting in African-American and White smokers
Awarded in October 2013

Jill Hamilton-Reeves, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dietetics and Nutrition, KU Medical Center
Effect of soy intake on cardiovascular disease biomarkers in subclinical hypothyroid participants
Awarded in October 2013

Mark Patterson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Missouri-Kansas City
A study assessing the feasibility and value of using automated case-finders to identify high-risk heart failure patients
Awarded in September 2013.

Neena Sharma, PT, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, KU Medical Center
The Effect of Yoga in Chronic Low Back Pain
Awarded in September 2013

Kathleen Gustafson, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Neurology, University of Kansas
Developmental Origins of Fetal Cardiac Autonomic Control: The Effect of Maternal BMI and Gestational Weight Gain
Awarded in August 2013

Heather Gibbs, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Dietetics and Nutrition, KU Medical Center
Adaptation and Validation of a Nutrition Literacy Assessment Instrument for Breast Cancer Survivors
Awarded in August 2013

Rene Jamison, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, KU Medical Center
Improving social competence and self-perception in adolescent females with ASD.
Awarded in July 2013

Nikki Cheng, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pathology, KU Medical Center
Pathobiology of Thyroid Tumor Microenvironment
Awarded in May 2013

In-Young Choi, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Neurology, KU Medical Center
Glutathione as a Measure of Oxidative Stress in Brains of Multiple Sclerosis Patients
Awarded in May 2013

Heejung Kim, R.N., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, KU Medical Center
Cognitive-Physical Activities Using Mobile Tablets by Adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment
Awarded in April 2013

Carol Smith, R.N., Ph.D., Professor, School of Nursing, KU Medical Center
Mobile Techonologies Assisting Professionals, Patients and Family Caregivers in Complex Care
Awarded in April 2013

Rafia Rasu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Economic Evaluation of Clinical Interventions to Motivate Smokers to Quit
Awarded in March 2013

Abdulbaki Agbas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biochemistry, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Human Platelet TDP-43 Protein: Potential Molecular Indicator for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Awarded in March 2013