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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. Dr. Kristina Whitworth, an assistant professor in San Antonio, received $25,000 for her research “Feasibility of Assessing Biomarkers of Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Fetal Growth Among Pregnant Women Attending a UTHealth Prenatal Clinic”. Dr. Kai Zhang, an assistant professor in Houston, was funded $24,600 toward his study “Impact of the 2011 Heat Wave on Health Care Costs in Greater Houston.”

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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

A. J. Agopian (PI), Michael Swartz (CI) and Laura Mitchell (CI),
Pesticides in Tap Water and Congenital Heart Defects, $205,300 from the NIH.

Alanna C. Morrison (PI) and Peng Wei (Multi-PI),
Genome-wide Gene-by-Smoking Interaction Analysis of Pulmonary Function, $154,000 from the NIH.

Andrew E. Springer (PI),
Central Texas Afterschool Network: Building Capacity for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating, $74,251 from St. David's Foundation.

Dr. Jose-Miguel Yamal (PI),
Legacy Clinical Data from the Epo TBI Trial, $134,527 from Baylor College of Medicine.

 Additional Awards