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Pilot Research Program

This initiative in the Department of Medicine seeks to stimulate clinical, basic, and translational research by sponsoring 3-4 pilot projects annually. Our goal is to fund sustaining programs of scholarship that will lead to extramural funding and peer reviewed publications, and to assist in the development of junior researchers in the Department.

This year’s recipients (listed alphabetically) are:​

  • Dr. Douglas Anderson, Division of Cardiology:  "Control of Cardiac Rhythm by a Novel Potassium-regulatory Micropeptide"
  • Dr. Daniel Croft, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care: "A Pilot Randomized Crossover Trial of Indoor Air Cleaning to Reduce Acute Exacerbations of COPD"
  • Dr. David Levy, Division of Nephrology: "Nephrology Division E-Consult Program"
  • Dr. Susanne Miedlich, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism: "Managing Diabetes in Patients with Schizophrenia: Is Early Therapy with the New GLP (Glucagon-Like Peptide) Analogue Semaglutide Superior to Standard of Care in Patients with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder on Olanzapine or Clozapine?"
  • Dr. Melissa Mroz, Division of General Medicine: "Addressing Obesity and Mental Health through Primary Care Based Lifestyle Management Intervention at Strong Internal Medicine"
  • Dr. Tanya Sahay, Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology: "Development of Primary Care Infrastructure for the Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection at Strong Memorial Hospital"
  • Dr. Maria Slack, Division of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology: "Regulation of the Nasal Transcriptome by House Dust Exposure"
  • Dr. Lisa Vargish, Division of Geriatrics & Aging: "Interprofessional Education in Geriatrics"
  • Dr. Himabindu Vidula, Division of Cardiology: "Telemedicine for Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients: Feasibility and Patient Perceptions"

Funding begins July 2018. These research pilots represent the second round of funding aimed at assisting investigators in obtaining extramural grant support and continuing to grow our Department of Medicine Research Portfolio. In the Fall of 2018, we will launch an additional request for proposals, with a funding start date anticipated in Spring of 2019.