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Prime Grants

Two Faculty Receive PRIME Grants

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health recently awarded two PRIME grants to new investigators. A. J. Agopian, an assistant professor in Houston, received $25,000 for his research “Maternal Food Intolerance Genotypes and Risk for Neural Tube Defects”. Dr. Anna Wilkinson, an assistant professor in Austin, was funded $25,000 toward her study of “New and Emerging Tobacco Product Use in Mexican Heritage Young Adults.”

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Fote Grants

UTHealth School of Public Health presented two Front of the Envelope (FOTE) awards in October. The FOTE program funds projects that represent a substantial shift from traditional approaches within a field or a new research paradigm, a shift in focus for an individual investigator, and/or a new collaboration. Preference is given to projects that represent a shift from traditional approaches in the field/new research paradigm and/or that address more than one FOTE area (e.g. a new collaboration AND a new path of research for the investigator). The 2013 FOTE awardees were:

Dr. Kelley Pettee Gabriel, Asst. Professor of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences in Austin, $24,890, for “From Rest to Run: Exploring the Role of Physical Activity (PA), Sedentary Behavior, and Sleep on Cardiometabolic Health”.

Dr. Katherine Froehlich-Grobe, Assoc. Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences in Dallas, $24,998, for “Spinal Cord Injury as a Potential Human Model to Study Sedentary Behavior on Metabolic Abnormalities”.

The winning applications can be viewed in the SPH Grants Repository (faculty access only)

Tentative application dates for the 2014 FOTE competition and other internal School of Public Health funding opportunities can be viewed at: Internal Funding Calendar

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New Training Grants

New Cancer Prevention Training Grants

Thanks to a new training grant from CPRIT, UTHealth School of Public Health is able to offer new pre- and post-doc training grants for Innovation in Cancer Prevention. The fellowship program will help those seeking a career in cancer prevention and control research to look at research in a new way.

Research Highlights

Drs. Eric Boerwinkle (PI), Myriam Fornage (Multi-PI) and Jan Bressler (PI),
Sequence-based Discovery of AD Risk & Protective Alleles, $997,765 from NIH.

Drs. Elaine Symanski (PI), L. Kay Bartholomew (CI) and Janelle Rios (CI),
Sustainable Solutions to Metal Air Pollution in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods, $543,016 from NIH.

Drs. Alan Nyitray (PI), Mary Sarah Baraniuk (CI), Lu-Yu Hwang (CI) and Michael W. Ross (CI),
The feasibility of self or partner-assisted digital anal exam screening, $263,663 from NIH.

Dr. R. Sue Day (PI),
The First Twenty for Volunteer Firefighters, $1,571,944 from DHS-Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate.

Dr. Andrew E. Springer (PI),
TX CORD & CATCH Texas Dissemination, $147,875 from Active Life.

Drs. Deanna M. Hoelscher (PI), Steven H. Kelder (Co-PI) and Cheryl Perry (CI),
Working Toward Healthy Children in a Healthy World, $4,518,512 from the Dell Foundation.

Drs. Linda Highfield (PI), L. Kay Bartholomew, (CI), Maria E. Fernandez (CI), Suja Rajan (CI) and Melissa Valerio (CI),
Evidence-based Dissemination for Mammography Adherence in Safety Net Communities, $483,604 from National Healthcare Research and Quality.

 Additional Awards