Research Wire: April 2019

David Gutmann, MD, the Donald O. Schnuck Professor of Neurology at the School of Medicine, has received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Gilbert Family Foundation to study ways to restore sight to patients with neurofibromatosis type 1.

David Ornitz, MD, PhD, the Alumni Endowed Professor of Developmental Biology, received a two-year, $456,853 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project titled “Signaling mechanisms and mouse models for insulin-mediated pseudoacromegaly.”

Roch Guérin, chair of computer science and engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering and the Harold B. & Adelaide G. Welge Professor of Computer Science, received a $48,506 grant from Google to study networks that connect data centers.

The grant will fund research aimed at making communication in these networks more efficient, getting information where it needs to go in time while also using less bandwidth during peak times, thereby lowering costs.

Alian Wang, research professor in earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $149,000 grant from NASA/JPL toward research on compact integrated raman spectrometry (CIRS).

Catherine Tang, a graduate student working with Todd Braver, professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $39,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health for a project titled “Examining mindfulness training effects and mechanisms on cognitive control.”

Alexander S. Bradley, associate professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a $540,000 grant from the Simons Foundation in support of research on the biogeochemical consequences of metabolic heterogeneity and marine microbial carbon degradation.

Ebony Carter, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, won a $1.625 million five-year Pathway to Stop Diabetes® grant from the American Diabetes Association.

Carter will use the funding for her clinical research project, titled “Targeted lifestyle change group prenatal care for obese women at high risk for gestational diabetes: a randomized controlled trial.” Read more from the School of Medicine.

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