PRIME Grants

PRIME Grants

Two Faculty Receive PRIME Grants

The University of Texas School of Public Health recently awarded two PRIME grants to new investigators. Dr. Charles Darkoh, an assistant professor in Houston, received $24,760 for his research “Mechanism of Clostridium Difficile Pathogenesis”. Dr. Belinda Hernandez, an assistant professor in San Antonio, was funded $24,226 toward her study of “Sexual Harassment and Assault: Understanding the Military Culture through Focus Groups.”

FOTE Grants

FOTE Grants

UTSPH Awards Two FOTE Grants

The 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 SPH funding opportunities can be viewed
at: Internal Funding Calendar

New Training Grants

New Training Grants

New Cancer Prevention Training Grants

Thanks to a new training grant from CPRIT, The University of Texas 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. Harold Kohl (PI), Casey Durand (CI), Gabriel, Kelley Pettee (CI), Deanna Hoelscher (CI), Abiodun Oluyomi (CI) and Paul Swank (CI),
Effects of Light Rail Transit on Physical Activity:  A Natural Experiment, $664,313, from the NIH.

Drs. Cheryl Perry (PI), Henry Brown (CI), Steven Kelder (CI), Adriana Perez (CI), Melissa Stigler (CI), Elizabeth Vandewater (CI), and Anna Wilkinson (CI), 
Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults, $3,982,883 from NIH.

Drs. Belinda Reininger (PI), Susan Fisher-Hoch (CI), Joseph McCormick (CI) and Melissa Valerio,       
Expand Model of Management of Chronic Diseases in Lower Valley of RHP 5, $906,234 from UTHSC- San Antonio.

Drs. Peng Wei (PI) and Eric Boerwinkle (Multi-PI),
Association Analysis of Rare Variants with Sequencing Data, $130,881, from the University of Minnesota.

Additional Awards