Voucher and Pilot Programs News

Monday, May 1, 2017

Innovative Research Projects Funded by Pilot Awards

NUCATS Pilot Awards provide up to $10,000 to fund critical gaps in clinical and translational research that would not be funded by other sources. The pilot awardees are: Norrina Allen, PhD; Amy K. Johnson, PhD; Sabrina Lee, MD; and Marc Mendillo, PhD.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Can Physical Activity Decrease Side Effects of Cancer Treatment in Young Adults Cancer Survivors?

Northwestern Medicine investigators are studying the benefit of exercise for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. These individuals often experience fatigue,  depression  and anxiety after completing treatment.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Voucher funding helps young investigator jumpstart career

As a maternal fetal  medicine specialist, Emily Miller, MD, MPH, is passionate about studying perinatal health. During her fellowship, she received a grant from Friends of Prentice for a research project studying the spinal fluid of women with and without perinatal depression. By looking at the fluid that bathes the brain, Dr. Miller hoped to learn how inflammatory markers within the fluid can lead to perinatal depression.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Comparing foods could get easier thanks to NUCATS funding, your help

NUCATS voucher funding has helped catalog 17,000 foods and beverages in 18 months as part of an effort to make FoodSwitch, an Australian app, available in the United States. FoodSwitch allows consumers to see the nutrition information for a food as well as similar items by simply scanning a barcode.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NUCATS Voucher Program Awardee Receives NICHD Grant to Continue Studying Enzymes as Targets for Male Contraception

Christopher Payne, PhDCongratulations to Christopher Payne, PhD, assistant professor in Pediatrics-Human Molecular Genetics and Obstetrics and Gynecology, for receiving a five-year, $840,428 UO1 research grant from The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The project aims to identify and characterize small molecule inhibitors of an enzyme exclusive to sperm as a means to develop a reversible, non-hormonal male contraceptive. Dr. Payne utilized funding from the NUCATS Voucher Program to collect the preliminary data needed to apply for this grant. His research team screened 36 molecules, analyzed their inhibitory effects of the enzyme and included the results in the grant application. This next phase of research will consist of large-scale screening to look for more effective inhibitors to block the enzyme.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NUCATS Pilot Program Awardee Receives AAFPRS Grant to Continue Studying Facial Nerve Regeneration and Function

Jacqueline Greene, MDCongratulations to Jacqueline Greene, MD, fourth-year resident in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, for receiving a 2-3 year, $25,000 Leslie Bernstein Grant from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Dr. Greene’s work aims to improve facial nerve regeneration and function and reduce the number of surgeries needed for patients with facial injuries. Dr. Greene took advantage of the NUCATS Pilot Program to assess how peptide nanofibers within a neural graft may direct the regeneration of the facial nerve. She included her findings in the grant application and also presented them at the Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society Resident Research Competition where she won first place. This next phase of research will consist of testing the nanofiber neural graft over longer distances.

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