December 19, 2014

2014 GRASP and GCAT Awardees announced

GRASP Awardees

Research Affairs is pleased to announce the latest GRASP awards. Sixteen applications were received from 22 different co-investigators. They were reviewed and scored by 13 to 18 individuals from a panel of senior researchers. All the applicants will shortly receive summaries of the reviewers comments.  Based on the combined scores of the reviewers, four projects with investigators from five different schools were selected for funding, fulfilling our goal to encourage collaborative research between researchers in various parts of the institution.

Please join us in congratulating Drs. Penelope Duerksen-Hughes, Nicole Gatto, Raymond Knutsen, Grace Lee, Traci Marin, Wei-Xing Shi, Christopher Wilson, and Xiangpeng Yuan. We earnestly hope that their studies are successful, that their results will appear in peer-reviewed publications and will that it will contribute to applications for extramural funding.

The four 2014 GRASP applications that were awarded $75,000 for 24-month projects are:




Wilson, Christopher
Marin, Traci


AMPK epigenetically modulates respiratory pattern response to oxidative stress

Yuan, Xiangpeng
Shi, Wei-Xing


iPSCs as Stem Cell Therapy for Neonatal Brain Ischemia

Lee, Grace
Gatto, Nicole


Dietary Patterns and Cognitive Dysfunction in the Aged: Adventist Health Study-2

Knutsen, Raymond
Duerksen-Hughes, Penelope


The Association Between Adverse Life Events and Biological Aging

GCAT Awardees

The Dean of the School of Medicine is proud to announce the four GCAT awardees. These four teams of two investigators, a Basic Science researcher and a School of Medicine clinician, will be awarded $75,000 over two years to fund their research collaborations.

Please join Dr. Hadley in congratulating Drs. Xiaobing Zhang and Gary Botimer, Drs. Juli Unternaehrer and Yevgeniya Ioffe, Drs. Maria Filippova and Mark Reeves, and Xiangpeng Yuan and Steve Lee on their successful applications. Together, these four teams will develop insights and approaches to clinically relevant issues that have the potential to make a difference in the lives of patients.

The four funded studies are listed below: 

Basic Science PI

Clinician PI


Xiaobing Zhang

Gary Botimer

Turning Blood into Articular Cartilage

Juli Unternaehrer

Yevgeniya Ioffe

Development of a metastatic ovarian cancer patient-derived xenograft model

Maria Filipova

Mark Reeves

A novel combinatorial approach for treating HPV-associated malignancies

Xiangpeng Yuan

Steve Lee

Tumorigenic and Metastatic Activity of Head and Neck Cancer Initiating Cells

We would also like to thank the department heads of all of the GCAT applications for recognizing the translational significance of these collaborations and pledging their support.