Georgia CTSA Pilot Grant Recipients


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Georgia CTSA is pleased to announce the Pilot Grant recipients in rounds #102-104: Emory SOM I3 Synergy Kaiser Permanente Georgia COVID-19 Collaboration, Healthcare Innovation Program, and Emory SOM I3 Research. The Pilot Grants program is a catalyst and vehicle for the transformation of clinical and translational science in Georgia.

Emory SOM I3 Synergy Kaiser Permanente Georgia COVID-19 Collaboration award:

  • Identification of Sub-Clinical Infection in Children in the setting of COVID-19 Household Transmission: Implications for Testing Capacity, Active Surveillance and Prevention
    • Jessica K. Fairley, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory School of Medicine
    • L. Felipe Lobelo, MD, PhD, FAHA, Physician Program Director for Epidemiology, Public Health & Preparedness, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group (TSPMG), Kaiser Permanente Georgia

Healthcare Innovation Program award:

  • Contributions of Social Determinants of Health to Susceptibility and Severity of COVID-19 across the U.S.
    • Julie Gazmararian, PhD, MPH, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
    • Lawrence Phillips, MD, Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine and Director, Clinical Studies Center, Atlanta VA Medical Center
    • Kirk Easley, MS, Senior Associate, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
    • Traci Leong, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Emory SOM I3 Research, 6 awards funded:

  • Utilization of Multimodal Sensor Technology to Identify and Track Depression
    • Gari Clifford (Biomedical Informatics)
    • Robert Cotes (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
    • Mina Boazak (Duke University)
    • Ali Bahrami Rad (Biomedical Informatics)
  • Targeting the Achilles’ Heel of SARS Coronavirus 2
    • Joshy Jacob (Microbiology and Immunology)
    • Mehul Suthar (Pediatrics)
  • Early Detection of Laryngeal Cancer Using Machine Learning
    • Anthony Law (Otolaryngology) 
  • A Single-Cell Phenotypic Screening Platform to Uncover Myeloma CAR T-Cell Resistance Strategies
    • Adam Marcus (Hematology and Medical Oncology)
    • Lawrence Boise (Hematology and Medical Oncology)
  • Optogenetic Tissue Manufacturing Technology for In Vitro Cardiac Sinoatrial Node Modeling
    • Sung Jin Park (Biomedical Engineering)
    • Hee Cheol Cho (Pediatrics)
  • Gut Permeability as a Therapeutic Target for Cardiovascular Disease
    • W. Robert Taylor (Medicine)

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