Grant and Award Announcement
USC will be offering a new program for undergraduates from historically underrepresented backgrounds with an interest in studying stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. Known as USC COMPASS: Creating Opportunities through Mentorship and Partnership Across Stem Cell Science, the program will launch with support from a $2.9 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the voter-created state agency charged with distributing public funding to support stem cell research and education. The program will involve three different schools at USC: the Keck School of Medicine, the Viterbi School of Engineering, and the Dornsife College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences.
- California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
A four-year, $2.82 million Fast-Track SBIR grant from the National Institutes of Health will be used by startup Rescue Biomedical to develop its opioid overdose detection and naloxone delivery technology.
- NIH/National Institutes of Health
Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $6.4 million in funding for three initial Department of Energy national lab-led team projects in artificial intelligence research for high energy physics. These awards support the DOE Office of Science (SC) initiative in artificial intelligence research to use AI techniques to deliver scientific discoveries that would not otherwise be possible and to broaden participation in high energy physics research.
Ann Berry, a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences with University of Tennessee Extension, is the recipient of the 2022 Epsilon Sigma Phi Distinguished Service Ruby Award.
Kessler Foundation received a $2.24 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) to fund the Northern New Jersey Traumatic Brain Injury System (NNJTBIS). The NNJTBIS is part of the national Traumatic Brain Injury Model System, the largest long-term study of people who have experienced traumatic brain injury (TBI). This marks the fifth, five-year TBI Model System grant that Kessler has received from NIDILRR, covering a span of 25 years.
- National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)
Moffitt Cancer Center’s efforts to increase minority accrual to cancer treatment trials got a boost from the National Cancer Institute’s Connecting Underrepresented Populations to Clinical Trials U01 Grants Program. The five-year, $3.7 million grant will help the cancer center develop new digital tools and community outreach strategies to reach Black and Hispanic cancer patients and physicians in the Tampa Bay community.
- NIH/National Cancer Institute
Mistrust between the police and the communities they serve has exacerbated crime, according to two West Virginia University sociologists who hope to reimagine and reshape policing techniques in American communities.
- National Science Foundation
Nanoscope Technologies LLC, a biotechnology company developing gene therapies for treatment of chronic diseases, today announced that it has received $1.5 Million SBIR Direct-to-Phase II grant from NIH in support of its advancement of glaucoma therapy using Engineered Mechanosensitive Channel (EMC). The Nanoscope team has developed EMCs to sensitize cells toward abnormal mechanical stress related to pressure elevation caused by Glaucoma. SBIR Direct-to-Phase II grant award is based on demonstration of feasibility of the technology equivalent to meeting Phase I objectives and providing a solid foundation for the proposed Phase II activity.
- NIH/National Eye Institute
A University at Buffalo-led research team was awarded a two-year, $5 million National Science Foundation grant to create a suite of digital tools to help older adults - and other groups - recognize online scams and disinformation.
- National Science Foundation
“If mosquitoes can escape our control strategies, we need to find new control strategies, and that’s where creativity comes into play,” he said. “If we can better understand how sleep is important for mosquitoes and for disease transmission, maybe we can identify targets for sleep-depriving them, or manipulating the molecular basis of their sleep so they are less efficient at finding us. That could be as simple as changing the frequency of lightbulbs in cities. In more rural areas, it could be using a white noise machine. That remains to be discovered or invented, but the first step is to understand, and that is what we are trying to accomplish.”
The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation is awarding the 2022 Outstanding Achievement Prizes in Mental Health to five scientists for their extraordinary work in advancing psychiatric research. The prizewinners will be the featured speakers at the BBRF 2022 International Mental Health Research Symposium on October 28, 2022, in New York City.