Representative Grants

Division of Epidemiology

Investigation of Viral-Induced Lymphomagenesis

$1,381,279 – NIH – 5 years (4/1/06 – 3/31/11) – Susan Fisher, P.I.
The aim of this community study is to determine if there is a link between simian virus 40 and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and to look for clues to how the virus is transmitted. This is of concern because the live virus contaminated polio vaccine given to 98 million people (1955-63).

Rochester Prevention Research Center

$3,702,136 – CDC – 5 years (9/30/04 – 9/29/09) – Thomas Pearson, P.I.
The National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) is the first research center in the world exclusively devoted to health issues in the deaf population. The NCDHR conducts community-participatory research studies that will document the incidence of various health problems in the deaf population and test educational and other interventions aimed at reducing the incidence of illness and promoting the overall physical and mental health of the deaf population.

Images of a Healthy Workplace

$3,160,549 – NIH – 4 years (9/1/04 – 8/31/08) – Diana Fernandez, P.I.
The purpose of this study is to develop and test a sustainable worksite intervention for obesity prevention. Conducted in partnership with the Eastman Kodak Company, the study’s overall goal is to create a comprehensive nutrition and physical activity strategy based on participatory research with Kodak workers to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Research Training in Preventive Cardiology

$2,446,627 – NIH – 5 years (8/1/05 – 7/31/10) – Thomas Pearson, P.I.
The postdoctoral training program in Preventive Cardiology is designed to train doctorally-trained clinicians (including persons with a Ph.D. in a health-related discipline) in the skills necessary for independent research in preventive cardiology.

Division of Health Services Research

Multicenter Automatic Defibrillator Implantation Trial with Cardiac Resyncronization Therapy (MADIT-CRT) Cost-Effectiveness Sub-Study and Quality of Life Core Laboratory

$2,070,255 – Guidant Corporation – 5 years (11/1/04 – 10/31/09) – Peter Veazie, P.I.
MADIT-CRT is designed to determine whether implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT-D) in high-risk coronary subjects reduces the combined endpoint of all-cause mortality or heart failure events. The cost-effectiveness sub-study will compare health care utilization (and their associated costs), quality of life, and survival for patients with ICD only versus patients with CRT-D.

Team Performance and Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

$1,282,127 – NIH – 4 years (9/1/05 – 8/31/09) – Helena Temkin-Greener, P.I.
The goal of this project is to research how to improve nursing home quality and patient care through better employee teamwork and management practices. The researchers will test the relationship between how the organization performs – leadership, communication skills, coordination of care, conflict resolution, and team performance – and patient outcomes such as the frequency of bedsores, urinary incontinence, and rapid loss of functioning.

Cost Effectiveness of Treatments in Multiple Sclerosis (COSTRIMS)

$491,818 – National Multiple Sclerosis Society – 3 years (7/1/05 – 6/30/08) – Katia Noyes, P.I.
The purpose of this study is to identify the most appropriate methodology for assessing the cost-effectiveness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) treatments. In the first phase of this project, the international study team conducted a systematic literature review of cost-effectiveness research, particularly in progressive illnesses with periodic relapses such as MS, asthma, and lupus. The second phase will analyze the cost-effectiveness of disease-modifying agents in MS.

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