Nandini Raghuraman, MD, a clinical fellow in obstetrics and gynecology at the School of Medicine, has received a three-year, $360,000 scholarship award from the Foundation for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation. Her project is titled “Risks of intrapartum maternal oxygen supplementation: Mechanisms for harm in the mother and neonate.”
Yi Wang, a doctoral student in the Brown School, has been named a 2017-2018 Social Work HEALS Fellow. She is one of five recipients to receive funding through a grant of $17,900. The fellowship is a collaborative endeavor of the National Association of Social Workers Foundation and the Council on Social Work Education.
Daniel S. Marcus, associate professor of radiology at the School of Medicine, received a four-year, nearly $2.7 million competing continuation grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a research project titled “The XNAT Imaging Informatics Platform.”
Samuel I. Achilefu, the Michel M. Ter-Pogossian Professor of Radiology at the School of Medicine, Richard L. Wahl, MD, the Elizabeth E. Mallinckrodt Professor of Radiology and director of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, and Pamela K. Woodard, MD, professor of radiology, received a five-year, $933,700 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for Training Opportunities in Translational Imaging Education and Research (TOP-TIER). The new interdisciplinary clinician-scientist post-doctoral program will prepare residents and fellow trainees on how to bring preclinical imaging innovations to patients and the practice of medicine.
Joaquin Barnoya, MD, associate professor of surgery at the School of Medicine, has received a two-year, $180,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research titled “Building capacity for chronic kidney disease research in Guatemala,” and a two-year, $188,000 grant from the NIH for research titled “Preventing noncommunicable diseases in Guatemala through sugary drink reduction and capacity building.” Read more about his research.
Joseph Ippolito, instructor in radiology at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in the School of Medicine, received a $151,339 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a research project titled “Characterization of Sexual Dimorphism in Glioma Metabolism.”
Stephen Roll, research assistant professor at the Brown School, has received a $64,000 grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The grant will support research on the relationships between household dynamics, financial well-being and state public policy. Roll researches financial behaviors, asset building and financial indicators for low-income households.
Sanjay Jain, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the School of Medicine, received a $10,000 grant from the Children’s Discovery Institute for a research project titled “Disease modeling and validation of pathogenic mutations in children with kidney malformations.” Jain will study causative variants leading to congenital anomalies of the kidney or lower urinary tract. Occurring in 1 in 250 live births, such anomalies are the most common cause of renal failure in children.
Moe Mahjoub, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the School of Medicine, received a $10,000 grant from the Children’s Discovery Institute for a research project titled “Analysis of ciliopathy genes in zebrafish.” Mahjoub’s proposal will work to identify novel genes involved in the pathogenesis of human ciliopathy syndromes.
Xuan “Silvia” Zhang and Christopher Gill, both at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, received a four-year, $936,504 grant from the National Science Foundation. They will use the award to better design and manage power distribution and energy storage in cyberphysical systems, the kind of technology used in drones, self-driving vehicles and many other products. Read more about their project on the engineering website.
Adetunji Toriola, MD, PhD, assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine, received a two-year, $375,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a research project titled “RANK pathways and mammographic density in postmenopausal midlife women.” Close to 2 million U.S. women 50-64 years old have very dense breasts as shown on mammograms, one of the strongest risk factors for breast cancer. Yet little is known about how to reduce that risk. Graham Colditz, MD, PhD, the Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery, and Catherine Appleton, MD, associate professor of radiology, are co-investigators.
Carolyn Lesorogol, professor and associate dean for global strategy and programs at the Brown School, received a $275,115 grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative research project with Colorado State University titled “Community-based Conservancies: Investigating the Prospects for Cooperation and Conflict.”
Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD, the Joseph P. Friedman Associate Professor of Renal Diseases in Medicine and chief of the Division of Nephrology at the School of Medicine, received a two-year $220,000 grant from Barnes-Jewish Hospital for a research project titled “Reducing ESRD Patient eo-Day Readmissions.” On average, a dialysis patient is admitted to the hospital twice a year, and over 30 percent of those admissions have a recurrent hospitalization within 30 days. Humphreys is researching ways to reduce readmission rates.
Joaquin Barnoya, MD, associate professor of surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine, received support from the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Research of The New York Academy of Sciences for a research project titled “The effect of occupations and school attendance on rural adolescent girls’ nutritional status in Guatemala: a mixed methods study.” Barnoya’s study will identify the risk factors associated with poor diet and physical activity in Guatemalan rural female adolescents.
Systems engineer ShiNung Ching and biomedical engineer Barani Raman, both of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, are part of a team that received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The group will work to figure out whether there are rules governing how different organisms’ brains process sensory stimuli. Read more on the engineering site.