SMHS New Awards

Congratulations to our investigators on these new research awards! This list currently includes federal and foundation funding. The awards appropriately reflect the endless hours spent securing funding and negotiating contracts. SMHS looks forward to seeing the results of this work and wishes investigators every success. Please take a moment to celebrate our colleagues.

May 2024

Investigator

Title

Award Type

Funder

Brandon Kohrt
Director of the Center for Global Mental Health Equity

Charles and Sonia Akman Professor of Global Psychiatry
Reducing Stress via Social Protection in Senegal (RESTORE) Contract World Bank
Mohamad Koubeissi
Interim Chair of the Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine

Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
GW Epilepsy Grand Rounds 2024 Grant LIVANOVA
Manaswi Sangraula
Assistant Research Professor with the GW Center for Global Mental Health
Human Rights Defender | Peer To Peer Program Grant Columbia University
April 2024

Investigator

Title

Award Type

Funder

John Bethea
King Fahd II Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
SCI-Induced Deficits in Antiviral Immunity: The Role of sTNF Grant HHS/NIH/National Institutes of Health
Rohan Fernandes
Director of Biomaterials and Nanotechnology Facility

Co-leader, GW Cancer Center Clinical and Translational Oncology Program

Associate Professor of Medicine
Photothermal Nanoparticles Immune Engineer Tumor-Specific T-cells for Adoptive Cell Therapy Grant HHS/NIH/National Institutes of Health
Mateus Ramos Amorim
Assistant Research Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Targeting Melanocortin 4 Receptor in Sleep-Disordered Breathing Grant American Heart Association
Qing Zeng
Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Efficient and Accurate Quality Control in Data Abstraction Through Ethical Data Science For NVDRS Grant American Public Health Association
March 2024

Investigator

Title

Award Type

Funder

Mandi Chapman
Associate Center Director for Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity at the GW Cancer Center

Associate Professor of Medicine
Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Oncology Practice Grant University of Rochester
Nicole Chappell
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
A Phase II/III Study of Paclitaxel/Carboplatin Alone or Combined with Either Trastuzumab or Trastuzumab/Pertuzumab in HER2 Positive, Stage I-IV Endometrial Serous Carcinoma or Carcinosarcoma Contract NRG Oncology Foundation, Inc
Katherine Chiappinelli
Assistant Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine

Immunological Consequences of Line-1 Expression in Cancer

Targeting Transposable Elements for Ovarian Cancer Early Detection

Grant



Grant

HHS/NIH/National Institutes of Health

Foundation for Women’s Cancer

Rong Li
Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Ross Professor of Basic Science Research, and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
A Novel Regulator of Antitumor Immunity and Immunotherapy Grant HHS/NIH/National Institutes of Health
February 2024
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
John Bethea
King Fahd II Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Preclinical research to support clinical development of ARTOS / ARTOS

Multipronged approach to diminish sympathetic hyperreflexia and ensuing cardiovascular and immune dysfunction after spinal cord injury

Contract

 

Grant

BIONTECH

Drexel University

Jesus Trevino
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Raising awareness of aggressive driving via a TikTok social media campaign Grant District of Columbia Department of Transportation
Faysal Haroun
Assistant Professor of Medicine
GW Cancer Center
A Phase II/III Randomized Study of Maintenance Nivolumab Versus Observation in Patients with Locally Advanced, Intermediate Risk HPV Positive OPCA Contract Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
Qing Zeng
Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Trustworthy AI to Address Health Disparities in Under-resourced Communities Grant University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Neal Sikka
Professor of emergency medicine
Co-chief, Section of Innovative Practice
Increase Health Equity by Improving Digital Health Literacy and Telehealth Access for Residents in Washington, D.C., Wards 7/8 Contract Sibley Memorial Hospital
Dominic Raj
Bert B. Brooks Chair in the Medical School

Maryland Mid-Atlantic Apollo Network

Maryland Mid-Atlantic Apollo Network

Grant


Grant

University of Maryland

University of Maryland

Adam Friedman
Chair of the Department of Dermatology

GW SMHS Dermatology Rheumatology Fellowship 2024

GW SMHS Dermatology Rheumatology Fellowship 2024

Grant



Grant

Janssen Scientific Affairs LLC


Janssen Scientific Affairs LLC

January 2024
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Maria Elena Ruiz
Associate Professor of Medicine
Impact of Behavior Modification Interventions and Lung Cancer Screening on Smoking Cessation in People Living with HIV: A Feasibility Study Contract The Emmes Company, LLC
December 2023
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
John Bethea
King Fahd II Chair of Anatomy and Cell Biology

TNFR2 Sex Differences in EAE

TNF in Injury and Repair Processes Following Traumatic SCI

Investigating Mechanisms and Therapies for Chronic Neuropathic Pain: The Role of TNFR2

 

Grant

HHS/NIH/National Institutes of Health

HHS/NIH/National Institutes of Health

Department of Defense

Marco Mercader
Professor of Medicine
Director of Electrophysiology Research
GW Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Training Program Grant

Abbott Laboratories

Medtronic

Pavani Chalasani
Professor of Medicine
Nano2 Enhances Immunotherapy in Triple-Negative Breast Cancers Grant Department of Defense
Linda Kusner
Research Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
Gro Biosciences Study Consulting  Contract Gro Biosciences
Brandon Kohrt
Charles and Sonia Akman Professor of Global Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Global Mental Health Equity
EQUIP | 2023–24 Contract UNICEF – The United Nations Children’s Fund
November 2023
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Michael Bukrinsky
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
The Effect of Antiretrovirals on Cognitive Flexibility and Neurogenesis in Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Models: Relevance to HIV Therapy and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Grant Stony Brook University
October 2023
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Galadriel Hovel-Miner
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Generation and Validation of a Novel Inducible Overexpression Library for Genome-Scale Genetic Screens in Leishmania Grant Oregon Health & Science University
Yijun Shao
Associate Research Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
DCVA IPA 2023 Grant Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Washington DC
Ray-Chang Wu
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Regulation of Type I Interferon Pro-tumor Effects in Breast Cancer Grant University of Maryland Baltimore
September 2023
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Homa Ahmadzia
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Global Health
OPTIMUM OB-TXA: Optimal Timing, Route and Dose of Tranexamic Acid Prior to Umbilical Cord Clamp for Postpartum Hemorrhage Prevention Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health
Alberto Bosque-Pardos
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
REACH: Research Enterprise to Advance a Cure for HIV Grant Cornell University
Shawneequa Callier
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Precision Medicine Policy and Treatment (PreEMPT) Model II Grant Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Shawneequa Callier
Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Just Inclusion and Equity: Negotiating Community-Research Partnerships in Genomics Research Grant Columbia University Medical Center
Aileen Chang
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine and of Medicine
Zanamivir Treatment of Vascular Permeability in Dengue (ZAP-DENGUE) Grant New York Academy of Medicine
Yan Cheng
Assistant Research Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
DCVA IPA Grant Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Washington DC
David Diemert
Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Next Generation COVID-19 Vaccine Development Program Contract U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health
Sarah Doerrer
Assistant Professor of Health, Human Function, and Rehabilitation Sciences
The Impact of Early ADL participation on Functional Outcomes Post Distal Radius Fracture Grant American Hand Therapy Foundation
John Hawdon
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Development of a Rodent Model for Anthelmintic Testing Against Multidrug Resistant Hookworms Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health
Brandon Kohrt
Charles and Sonia Akman Professor of Global Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Global Mental Health Equity, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral sciences, and of Global Health
Shared Problems, Shared Solutions: A Community-Based Approach to Strengthening Mental Health in Minnesota Grant Miller-Dwan Foundation
Rebecca Lynch
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Defining HIV Env Protein Expression in Latently Infected Cells Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health-LOC
Andrew Meltzer
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Network for Emergency Care Clinical Trials: Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN) Grant Johns Hopkins University
Marc Siegel
Professor of Medicine
HPTN101 Grant FHI 360
Allen Solomon
Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program, and Professor of Medicine
The Rhythm Evaluation for Anticoagulation with Continuous Monitoring of Atrial Fibrillation Trial (REACT-AF) Grant Northwestern University
Elizabeth Sweeney
Assistant Research Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Personalized Nanoparticle-Mediated T-Cell Therapy for Glioblastoma Grant American Brain Tumor Association
Xiaoyan Zheng
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Regulation of the Hedgehog pathway and Medulloblastoma response to radiochemotherapy Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health
Xiaoyan Zheng
Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Functional Dissection of a Novel Causative Gene for Kallmann Syndrome Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health
August 2023
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Galadriel Hovel-Miner
Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Tropical Medicine
Fexinidazole Survival Genes Implicate a Novel Redox-Based Mechanism in Drug Resistance Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health-LOC
Robert Turner II
Assistant Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership and of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
The Contribution of Repetitive Head Impacts and Social Determinants of Health to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia in Older Adult Black Men Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health-LOC
Qing Zeng
Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership
Imputation of Missing Data to Reduce Bias in NVDRS Through Ethical Data Science Grant American Public Health Association
July 2023
Investigator Title Award Type Funder
Elham Bayat
Associate Professor of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine
An Expanded Access Protocol of Intravenous Trehalose Injection 90 mg/ml Treatment of Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Grant Massachusetts General Hospital
Maya Bitar
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Efficacy of Oral Sunflower Lecithin Supplementation in the Treatment of Dry Eye in Adults with Dry Eye Disease Grant Virginia Lions Eye Foundation Institute
Adam Friedman
Professor and Chair, Department of Dermatology
GW Dermatology-Rheumatology Connective Tissues Disease Fellowship Grant Janssen Scientific Affairs LLC
Susannah Jenkins
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Pediatric PA Barriers and Facilitators Grant Physician Assistant Education Association
Rong Li
Ross Professor of Basic Science Research, and Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
T-Cell-Specific BRCA1 Function in Antitumor Immunity and Immunotherapy Grant U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health-LOC
Hui Lu
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology
3D Scanning Two-photon Fiberscope Technology for Simultaneous Multi-region Multi-cell-type Imaging in Freely-moving Rodents Grant Johns Hopkins University
Anvesha Srivastava
Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dominic Raj, MD, Bert B. Brooks Chair in the Medical School, and Professor of Medicine
Integrated miRome and GWAS to Predict Progression of CKD Grant National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area
Leah Steckler
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Geriatric Emergency Department Grant The Washington Home