VCOM 2022 Annual Report
Funded Research and Grants January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022
The following pages show the currently funded research done at VCOM by faculty, staff and students and highlight the extensive range of projects ongoing on each campus.
Steatohepatitus) Research Program. Dr. McCullough is an investigator on this Auburn University grant.
Panel Validation Study. Nick Kenny, PhD; Ramu Anandakrishnan, PhD and Robin Varghese, PhD serve as investigators. Ron Januchowski, DO • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): VCOM Fellowship for Primary Care Transformation Leaders. Investigators on this grant are Alexis Stoner, PhD, MPH and Gunnar Brolinson, DO, and other faculty contributing are Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, and Ward Stevens, DHSc. Hanna Sahhar, MD • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Children Services: Pediatrics-Neonatal Boot Camp. Alexis Stoner, PhD, MPH • National Association of County and City Health Officials: I85 Corridor Opioid Prevention and Education (I85COPE). This grant was awarded to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Upstate Region and Dr. Stoner serves as the VCOM PI. • South Carolina Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare: Project MOSAIC: Mobile STD Assessment and Information Center – Rural Intervention. This project is in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. • South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control: COVID-19 Community-Based Organization Outreach Initiatives. • South Carolina Private Foundation: COVID-19 Rapid Response Vaccination Clinic.
Darren Beck, PhD • Auburn University PAIR: Extra-virgin olive oil prevents conversion of mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Beck is an investigator on this Auburn University grant. • Auburn University PAIR: Establishment of a Center of Neuroscience. Dr. Beck is an investigator on this Auburn University grant. • Auburn University PAIR: Development of the AU-NASH (Auburn University-Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitus) Research Program. Dr. Beck is an investigator on this Auburn University grant. Josh Hollingsworth, PharmD, PhD • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM): The WellMESS Project. Investigators on this project are Annie Kirby, PhD; Alexandria Brice, PhD; Mary Ann Taylor, PhD; Phillip Snider, DO and David Redden, PhD. Annie Kirby, PhD, RN • Auburn University PAIR: Extra-virgin olive oil prevents conversion of mild cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kirby is an investigator on this Auburn University grant. Danielle McCullough, PhD • Providence, RI VA Medical Center, Clinical Science Research & Development Program: Role of skeletal muscle mitochondrial supercomplexes in exercise intolerance. Dr. McCullough is a co-investigator on this VAMC project and is the VCOM PI. • Auburn University PAIR: Development of the AU-NASH (Auburn University-Non-Alcoholic
Mayra Rodriguez, PhD • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI):
Engaging and Training Stakeholders to Participate in Patient-Centered Research to Reduce Obesity in Hispanic Women. This grant was awarded to Auburn University and Dr. Rodriguez is the VCOM PI. Johnny Stackhouse, DO is an investigator. Kaelin Young, PhD • The Peanut Institute: Peanut protein supplementation to augment muscle growth and improve markers of muscle quality and health in older individuals. Auburn University is the prime recipient of this grant and Dr. Young is the VCOM PI. • The Peanut Institute: A pilot study to determine the feasibility of peanut protein supplementation to prevent muscle atrophy and improve recovery following total knee arthroplasty. Auburn University is the prime recipient of this grant and Dr. Young is the VCOM PI. Carolinas Campus Stephan Brown, MD, PhD • Rotary Club of Spartanburg: VCOM Research Institute Young Investigators Science Camp. Germline and Somatic Microsatellite Genotypes in Pediatric Brain Tumors. The Children’s Research Institute is the prime recipient and Dr. Garner is the VCOM PI. Nick Kenny, PhD is an investigator on this project. • Orbit Genomics: Lung Cancer Skip Garner, PhD • Prevent Cancer Foundation:
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