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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

Dr. Herbert L. DuPont (PI),
Norovirus Acute Gastroenteritis Among International Travelers from the United States, Switzerland and Germany, $490,620 from Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.

Drs. George P. Delclos, (PI), David Gimeno (Multi-PI), Arch I. Carson (CI), Inkyu Han (CI), Lisa Pompeii (CI) and Lawrence W. Whitehead (CI),
Asthma in Texas Healthcare Professionals II, $391,260 from CDC.

Drs. Douphrate, David (PI) and Pompeii, Lisa (CI),
Safety Training for Large-Herd Dairy Workers Using an Innovative Mobile-Learning Platform, $140,000 from OSHA.

Dr. Andrew Henderson (PI),
National Nutrient Optimization & Dairy (NaNO-Dairy), $150,000 from Dairy Research Institute.

Dr. Sun-Young Kim (PI),
Integration of CDC Guidelines for Prevention of Cost-Effectiveness and Value of Information Analysis - group B streptococcal (GBS), $142,405 from CDC.

 Additional Awards