Past Pilot Awardees

2016 Awardees / Award Date: April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017

 PI Name Title of Proposal Department Type of Grant Award 
Paula Aristizabal, MD, MAS Factors affecting Parental Satisfaction, Anxiety and Comprehension of the Informed Consent in Pediatric Oncology Clinical Trials UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics/Rady Children’s Hospital Clinical
Edward Chao, DO, MA Studying the Effectiveness of Non-Invasive Glucose Sensors in Patients with Diabetes:  The SENSOR Study UC San Diego Department of Medicine Clinical
Farhad Imam, MD, PhD Untargeted, Large-Scale Metabolomics in Neonatology for Disease Biomarker Discovery UC San Diego Department of Medicine Clinical
Daniel Simpson, MD Restriction Spectrum Imaging for Pre-surgical Assessment of Neoadjuvant Treatment Response in Rectal Cancer UC San Diego Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences Clinical
Eric Adler, MD Preclinical Gene Therapy Study for the Treatment of Danon Disease UC San Diego Department of Medicine Translational
Conor Caffrey, PhD Rapid, Point-of-care Diagnosis of Schistosomiasis
UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Translational
Soumita Das, PhD The Link between MCP-1 and ELMO1: a New Marker in Inflammatory Diseases UC San Diego Department of Pathology Translational
Anthony O’Donoghue, PhD Rapid, Products of Conception (POC) Detection of Candidemia in Serum

Skaggs School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences Translational
Albert Remacle, PhD Potent and Selective Fully Human Recombinant Monoclonal Antibody Against Pro-tumorigenic/Invasive Membrane Type-1 Matrix Metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute Translational
Fiza Singh, MD Enhancing Gamma Band Response in Schizophrenia Patients to Improve Working Memory UC San Diego, Department of Psychiatry Translational
Alexandre Gingras, PhD Identification of Small Molecule Inhibitors of Integrin Activation using Nanodiscs UC San Diego, Department of Medicine Innovative Technology
Shelley Lawrence, MD, MS High-resolution Melt with Machine Learning for the Accurate Diagnosis of Neonatal Sepsis UC San Diego, Department of Pediatrics/Rady Children’s Hospital Innovative Technology
Amy Lansing, PhD

Sacha Sykora, MA

School-based Trauma-Informed System (TIS) Implementation: Trauma-Responsiveness and Cognitive Capacity Building in Imperial County

UC San Diego, Department of Psychiatry

SIA Tech HS

Academic-Community
Elizabeth Reed, ScD, MPH

Argentina Servin, MD, MPH

Zara Marselian, MA, FACHE

Julia Macouzet

Microfinance Businesses to Prevent Obesity and Related Health Conditions among Latinos in San Diego, CA

UC San Diego, Department of Medicine, Division of Global Health

La Maestra Community Health Centers

Academic-Community
Jeanne Huang, MD, MPH

Javier Rodriguez, MD

Improving Pediatric Hepatitis B Screening in High-Risk San Diego Communities

UC San Diego Dept of Pediatrics

La Maestra Community Health Centers

Dissemination and Implementation Research

2015 Awardees / Award Date: August 13, 2015-March 31, 2016

 PI Name Title of Proposal Department Type of Grant Award 
Seema Aceves, MD, PhD The Role of LIGHT in Esophageal Remodeling in Pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics Clinical
Joshua Alexander, DO, MPH The Role of Osteopathic Medicine in the Management of Post-traumatic Migraine UC San Diego Department of Neurosciences Clinical
Joel Baumgartner, MD Pilot Study of Postoperative Chemotherapy in High-Grade Appendiceal Adenocarcinoma with Peritoneal Carcinomatosis UC San Diego Department of Surgery Clinical
Tiffany Greenwood, PhD
Are Bipolar Brains Creative Brains? Investigation of Regional Activation and Neural Connectivity in Bipolar Patients and Artists Towards a Model of Creativity as a Positive and Evolutionarily Adaptive Trait within the Bipolar Spectrum UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry Clinical
Monica Guma, MD, PhD Eicosanoids as Biomarkers of Psoriatic Arthritis UC San Diego Department of Medicine Clinical
Sanjay Mehta, MD Optimizing Vaccine Efficacy in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients UC San Diego School of Medicine Clinical
Hilary Roeder, MD Evaluation of Placenta Growth Factor as a Diagnostic Marker for Late Preterm Preeclampsia UC San Diego Department of Reproductive Medicine Clinical
Paula Desplats, PhD The Impact of Circadian Alterations on Brain Insulin Resistance and Alzheimer Disease Pathology UC San Diego Department of Neurosciences

Translational

Jeremiah Momper, PharmD, PhD
Regulation of Hepatic UGT1A9 by Sex Hormones: Implications for Mycophenolic Acid Exposure in Renal Transplant Recipients UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Translational
Gerald Morris, MD, PhD
Defining Immunologic Effects of Reprogramming Human Tissue Precursors for Regenerative Therapy UC San Diego Department of Pathology Translational
Alysson Muotri, PhD
Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitors as a Novel Therapeutical Approach for Neurological Autoimmune Disorders UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics Innovative Technology
Joseph M. Cantor, PhD
CD98hc in Pancreatic Islet Allograft Rejection UC San Diego Department of Medicine Personalized Medicine
Amanda Gosman, MD

Venessa Malcarne, PhD

Pediatric Facial Deformity Quality of Life (QoL) Questionnaire Development Study

UC San Diego Department of Surgery

San Diego State University Department of Psychology

Academic-Community
Christina Holub, PhD, MPH

Camille Nebeker, EdD, MS

Increasing Physical Activity through a Culturally Tailored, Community-led Intervention among Pacific Islanders: The Rawmana Fitness Pilot Study

San Diego Institute for Behavioral and Community Health; San Diego State University

UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine and Public Health

Academic-Community

2014 Awardees / Award Date: April 2014-March 2015

 PI Name Title of Proposal Department Type of Grant Award 
Carolyn Allard, PhD A Pilot Test of the Effectiveness of a Pre-PTSD-treatment Emotion Regulation and Distress Tolerance Skills Building Group on PTSD Treatment Engagement and Effectiveness in Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma UC San Diego Veterans Medical Research Foundation Clinical
Luis Castellanos, MD Pilot Study to Evaluate the Feasibility and Effectiveness of a Home-based Cardiac Rehabilitation Program in Patients with Coronary Heart Disease UC San Diego Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology Clinical
Inna Fishman, PhD Neural Generators of Emotional Mimicry (and Lack Thereof) in Autism San Diego State University Clinical
Jane Kim, MD Profiling Metabolomic Signatures in Children with Type 2 Diabetes UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics Clinical
Dawn Meyer, PhD Is Platelet Hyperactivity the Key to Increased Stroke Recurrence in Post-Stroke Depression UC San Diego Department of Neurosciences Clinical
Charles Taylor, PhD Positive Valence System Enhancement Treatment for Anxiety and Depression: Clinical Efficacy and Neural Changes UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry Clinical
Taylor Doherty, MD Regulation of Type 2 Innate Lymphoid Cells in Asthma UC San Diego Department of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology Translational
Sara Gianella Weibel, MD Mechanisms of HIV Persistence UC San Diego Center for AIDS Research Translational
Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, MD Quantitative Neuroimaging and Neurocognitive Assessment to Measure Radiation-Induced Brain Injury in Non-targeted Tissue: Implications for Cognitive Preservation UC San Diego Department of Radiation Medicine & Applied Sciences Translational
Ji Zhang, MD, PhD Genetic Association Study of the Mitochondrial Phosphatase PTPMT1 in Metabolic Syndrome UC San Diego Department of Pharmacology Translational
Drew Hall, PhD Smartphone-based Point-of-care Detection and Treatment Monitoring of Lipoarabinomannan (LAM) in Urine from HIV-associated Tuberculosis (TB) Patients in Remote Settings UC San Diego Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Innovative Technology
Wenxian Fu, PhD Identifying The Initiating Factors in Type 1 Diabetes by Disclosing The Crosstalk Among Islet Vascular Inflammation, Immune Responses and β Cell Death UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics Personalized Medicine
Louise Laurent, MD, PhD Whole Exome Sequencing for Prenatal Diagnosis UC San Diego Department of Reproductive Medicine Personalized Medicine
Lawrence Prince, MD, PhD Personalized Genomic Medicine in Preterm Infants UC San Diego Department of Pediatrics Personalized Medicine
Kate Murray, PhD Improving Taxi Driver Health and Access to Health Care – A Community-Academic Partnership UC San Diego Department of Family & Preventive Medicine Academic-Community
Jamila Stockman, PhD The Role of Peer Navigators and Social Support in the HIV Care Continuum: Perceptions of HIV-Positive Women UC San Diego Division of Global Public Health Academic-Community

2013 Awardees / Award Date: April 2013 - March 2014

 PI Name Title of Proposal Department Type of Grant Award 
Dawn Schiehser, MD/PhD  Neurocognitive and neural changes associated with cognitive rehabilitation in Parkinson's disease UCSD Department of Psychiatry  Clinical
Pam Taub, MD   Effects of epicatechin on functional capacity, skeletal muscle structure and diastolic function in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) UCSD Department of Medicine (Cardiology)   Clinical
Adriana Tremoulet, MD Immunoglobulin G sialylation in patients with treatment-resistant Kawasaki disease UCSD & Rady Children's Hospital – Department of Pediatrics Clinical
Dean Acheson, PhD  Intranasal oxytocin as a putative facilitator of virtual reality-based exposure therapy for arachnophobia UCSD Department of Psychiatry Translational
Beatrix Bartok, MD The novel role of YAP in regulating synoviocytes behavior in rheumatoid arthritis UCSD Department of Medicine (Rheumatology) Translational
Karen Christman, PhD  Novel biomaterial for preventing cardiac adhesions UCSD Department of Bioengineering   Translational
Todd Costantini, MD  Taxonomically restricted gene expression in injured patients UCSD Department of Surgery Translational
Yo Suzuki, PhD  Using Yeast to Understand Malaria Drug Mechanisms of Action J. Craig Venter Institute, Department of Synthetic Biology Translational
Albert Remacle, PhD Imaging of metastatic breast cancer cells via the active cell-surface proteinase Sanford Burnham Research Institute – Cancer Center  Translational
Douglas Conrad, MD  Metabolites as biomarkers in Cystic Fibrosis UCSD Department of Medicine (Pulmonary) Personalized Medicine
Daniel O'Connor, MD  Natural human genetic variation and the metabolism: Studies in twin pairs UCSD Department of Medicine (Nephrology) Personalized Medicine
Gregory Light, PhD Predicting Cognitive Enhancement Following Intensive Neuroplasticity-Based Training Intervention in Schizophrenia UCSD Department of Psychiatry   Community
Monica Ulibarri, PhD Assessment of risk factors for commercial sexual exploitation of high risk adolescent girls in San Diego County UCSD Department of Psychiatry Community
Hemal H. Patel, PhD  Membranes as a Regulator of Healthy Aging UCSD Department of Anesthesiology Pilot Project

2012 Awardees / Award Date: April 2012 - March 2013

PI Name

Title of Proposal Department Type of Grant Award
Jason Sicklick, MD Innovative Targeting of Melanoma with Allosteric RAF inhibitors Department of Surgery Clinical
Jeannie Huang, MD, MPH Neurobiology of Pain Processing in Children with Gastrointestinal Disorders Department of Pediatrics Clinical
Xavier Soler, MD, PhD Effects of Pulmonary Rehabilitation on sleep architecture, obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia and nocturnal hypoxemia in COPD Department of Medicine Clinical
Jared Young, PhD Neurocognitive Effects of Nicotine Use in Schizophrenia: Parallel Human and Animal Studies Department of Psychiatry Translational
Michael McCarthy, MD, PhD Pharmacogenetics in Treatment Refractory Depression Department of Psychiatry Translational
Sameh Ali, PhD Markers of Oxidative Stress in Plasma and Cerebrospinal Fluid as Predictors of Sleep Disturbance in PTSD Subjects Department of Medicine Translational
Wesley Thompson, PhD Improved Inferences in Dynamic Causal Modeling of Observational Data: Application to Breast Cancer Chemotherapy, Cognition and Sleep Department of Psychiatry Translational
Carl Stepnowsky, PhD Research platform for remote monitoring of health parameters Department of Medicine Innovative
Scott Matthews, MD Multimodal biomarkers of recovery from depression Department of Psychiatry Innovative
David Chang, PhD, MBA, MPH Stronger Communities through Effective Mentorship and Trauma Prevention Program Department of Surgery Community
Jae Kim, MD, PhD Premature Infant Nutrition Post-discharge Collaborative Project Department of Pediatrics Community
Carrie McDonald, PhD Neuropsychological and Neuroanatomical Profiles of Children with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Department of Psychiatry Community

2011 Awardees

 PI Name

Title of Proposal Department Type of Grant Award
Lisa Eyler, PhD Neurocognitive Effects of Nicotine in Bipolar Disorder: Parallel Human and Animal Studies   Clinical
Hal M. Hoffman, MD Genetic and Molecular Basis of Familial Atypical Cold Urticaria Department of Pediatrics Clinical
Amy E. Lansing, PhD Hearing Loss, Middle Ear Status & Auditory Processing Deficits in Detained Girls Department of Psychiatry Clinical
Randy A. Taplitz, PhD The Role of Type 1 Interferon in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Department of Medicine Clinical
Jenny M. Kim, MD Biomarkers of Human Sickle Cell Disease Department of Pediatrics Translational
Alessandra Sacco, MD Role of telomere shortening in human Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Department of Orthopedics Translational
Jean Wang, PhD Targeted nanosomal delivery of Imatinib to ameliorate renal damage from cis-platinum therapy for cervical cancer Medicine and Biology Translational
Karen Christman, PhD Injectable autologous scaffold for treating myocardial infarction Bioengineering Translational
James Hagood, MD Lung-specific targeting of antifibrotic therapies Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Translational
Suzi Hong, PhD Validation of Flow Cytometric Analysis of Beta-adrenergic Receptor Expression on Blood Leukocytes in the Healthy and Heart Failure Patients Psychiatry Translational
Victoria Risbrough, PhD COMT val/met polymorphism effects on novelty-seeking: Developing a mouse model of Bipolar Disorder Abstract Psychiatry Translational
Dena Rifkin, MD Real-time wireless blood pressure monitoring for kidney disease Abstract   Innovative
Steven J. Bark, PhD Molecular Basis of Microglial Activation by the Fractalkine Receptor, CX3CR1 Abstract School of Pharmacy/ Pharmaceutical Science Innovative
Rebecca J. Theilmann, PhD Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Assessment of Secretions in Cystic Fibrosis Airways Department of Radiology Innovative
William Song, PhD Development of novel 4D imaging framework for liver cancer radiation therapy Radiation Oncology Innovative
Lisa Madlensky, PhD Developing a Community-Based Cancer Genetics Research Project with the Chula Vista Community Collaborative Department of Family and Preventive Medicine Innovative