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CTSI Funding Opportunities & Awardees

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Catalyst Award

Catalyst Grants support team-building activities that advance translational science and promote collaborations across disciplines and CTSI institutions. Awards range from $100 to $5,000, depending on the nature scope of the project. 2019 application deadlines are April 1, August 1 and December 1. The next application submission period is March 1 - April 1, 2019.

Read the Catalyst RFA and apply here.

Questions? Contact catalyst@ctsi.ucla.edu

Catalyst Award

Next application round: Mar. 1 - Apr. 1, 2019

Catalyst Grants support team-building activities that advance translational science and promote collaborations across disciplines and CTSI institutions. Awards range from $100 to $5,000, depending on the nature scope of the project. Application deadlines are April 1, August 1 and December 1.

Visit the Catalyst RFA page for complete information.

Questions? Contact catalyst@ctsi.ucla.edu

Core Voucher Award

Next application round: Spring 2019

The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) provides the infrastructure to translate scientific discoveries into innovations that improve health in Los Angeles and the nation. To achieve its mission and advance translational research, the CTSI periodically awards vouchers to defray the cost of core services. Under this RFA, the CTSI will award vouchers worth up to $10,000 in core services to investigators at all CTSI partner institutions (UCLA Westwood, Cedars-Sinai, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA, and Charles R. Drew University).

Visit the CTSI Core Voucher RFA page for complete information and to see the most recent application cycle.

CTSI / Iris Cantor Women's Health Center Awards

Next application round: Winter 2018

Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center / CTSI Augmentation Awards

Funding Available for Augmentation of Major Research Grants
Pilot funding is available to augment currently funded NIH or major foundation grants for UCLA researchers, this includes researchers at the Westwood/Santa Monica Campus, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, to promote exploration of sex and gender-based differences and women’s health research. Funds can be used to focus on, expand, or strengthen a research project's applicability to women's health.

Visit the Iris Cantor-CTSI Awards RFA page for complete information and to see the most recent application cycle.


Iris Cantor-UCLA Women's Health Center / CTSI Pilot Awards

Pilot Funding Available for Research in Women's Health
Pilot funding is available to augment currently funded NIH or major foundation grants for UCLA researchers, this includes researchers at the Westwood/Santa Monica Campus, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, to promote exploration of sex and gender-based differences and women's health research. Funds can be used to focus on, expand, or strengthen a research project's applicability to women's health.

Visit the Iris Cantor-CTSI Awards RFA page for complete information and to see the most recent application cycle.


Iris Cantor Women's Health Center / CTSI Young Investigator Awards

Fellowship Funding Available for Research in Women's Health: Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center/CTSI Young Investigator Award
Fellowship funding is available for one Ph.D. candidate (including M.D. Ph.D. or other dual degree) or post-doctoral student engaged in research related to women's health at UCLA, this includes candidates and students at the Westwood/Santa Monica Campus, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Visit the Iris Cantor-CTSI Awards RFA page for complete information and to see the most recent application cycle.

CTSI / Older Americans Rapid Pilot Grants Program

Next application round: To be announced

The UCLA OAIC and the UCLA CTSI solicit applications for the Rapid Pilot Grants Program for aging-related basic, clinical and health services research. Award size ranges from $1,000 to $10,000, dependent on scope of work. Junior and senior investigators at UCLA are eligible and the proposed work must be responsive to the UCLA OAIC research theme (seen in RFA).

Visit the CTSI-OAIC RFA page for complete information and to see the most recent application cycle.

CTSI / RMCAR-CHIME Pilot Award

Next application round: To be announced

UCLA / Charles R. Drew University - Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (RCMAR/CHIME) and UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Pilot Project Award

Applications for one-year Pilot Project Awards of up to $40,000 are accepted from minority junior- and mid-level faculty and post-doctoral researchers. Applicants are required to have an academic appointment at UCLA or at another academic institution/organization in the greater Los Angeles area. Applicants that are funded will conduct a pilot research project that focuses on minority elderly populations. Support will be given to pilot research projects that are consistent with the goal of the RCMAR/CHIME, which is: to provide research training and mentoring to minority junior- and mid-level faculty so they can advance their academic careers by conducting research that contributes to the reduction of health disparities affecting minority elders.

Visit the CTSI / RMCAR-CHIME RFA page for complete information and to see the most recent application cycle.

CTSI / UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) Pilot Grant

Next application round: Spring 2019

The UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) invites applications for grants to fund pilot and/or feasibility studies for biomedical, epidemiological, or behavioral research. This funding is made available with departmental “Autism Initiative” funds to CART and matching funds via the UCLA CTSI Voucher Fund. The UCLA CART houses several ACE Networks funded by NIH as part of a nationwide set of research programs. UCLA CART activities are wide-ranging and include the integration of clinical, imaging, genetic, and basic science research to create a synergistic milieu that maximizes the productivity of the participants and attracts other investigators to the field of autism. The purpose of these awards is to foster interactions and interdisciplinary research projects in the basic and clinical areas of autism. Preference will be given to projects that are likely to lead to successful future funding (by R01-type awards, etc). Proposals addressing the mechanism and treatment of autism are encouraged. 

Visit the UCLA CART RFA page for complete information and to see the most recent application cycle.

CTSI / UCLA Center for Ulcer Research and Education (CURE): Digestive Diseases Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Study (PFS)

Full applications due Dec. 2018

The CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Core Center (CURE: DDRCC) and the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) invite applications (new or second year renewal) for the CTSI/CURE Pilot and Feasibility Study. Funding will be available for high quality and innovative research in the biology, function and diseases of the digestive system, which is of relevance to the overall CURE Research Program, with special emphasis on receptor and signal transduction mechanisms, brain-gut interactions, neurogastroenterology, gastrointestinal and pancreatic physiology, pathophysiology and inflammation, and mechanisms underlying diseases of the digestive system. Proposed projects should lead to peer-reviewed extramural funding such as NIH, VA or related agency research grants in which PFS awardees serve as Principal Investigators. Awards are up to $40,000/year.

Visit the CTSI / CURE Pilot and Feasibility Study page for complete information and to see the most recent application cycle.

CTSI / UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Seed Grant Program

Next application round: Spring 2019

The David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) Research Themes, in collaboration with the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Institute of Precision Health (IPH), offer the 2018 DGSOM Seed Grant Program in an effort to promote the assembly of teams of scientists that are well-positioned to perform innovative, high-impact research and ultimately compete for large team science grants from federal agencies and private foundations. Applications that take advantage of the infrastructures established by the IPH and CTSI are especially encouraged, as are applications that span disciplines or span the basic, translational, clinical, and community spectrum.

Applications are encouraged from faculty throughout the UCLA campus in any biomedical or medical research area in which groundbreaking advances catalyzed by teams of researchers can be envisioned. The Lead PI for both a Planning Grant application and a Full Grant Application must be a UCLA faculty member in the Regular Professor, In-Residence Professor, Clinical X Professor, or Health Sciences Clinical Professor series.

Visit the DGSOM Seed Grant Program page for complete information and to see the most recent application cycle.

CTSI / USC / Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Implementation Science Award

Full applications due Dec. 2018

The UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute, the Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (LAC DHS) are partnering to develop and test interventions to enhance quality, efficiency and patient‐centeredness of care provided by the LAC DHS. This solicitation requests letters of intent that describe ideas for such programs from which formal applications for funding will be selected. The participating CTSIs and the DHS will issue two pilot grants of up to $75,000 each for up to one year to support the design and small scale implementation of interventions within DHS that will achieve the goals of quality, efficiency and patient centered care. The DHS will provide additional resources and operational support for the selected projects. When completed, successful pilot projects will serve as a base for sustaining extramural funding to implement and formally evaluate the intervention(s) on a larger scale and longer timeframe within DHS. Acceptable funding mechanisms include but are not limited to NIH R01, R21, R03; PCORI, AHRQ, CDC, and CMS Center for Innovation.

Visit the Implementation Science Award for complete information and to see the most recent application cycle.

Business of Science Venture Team Awards

2016

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Jau-Nian Chen, Ohyun Kwon UCLA Efsevin: A Novel Small Molecule Suppressor of Cardiac Fibrillation

2012

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Xiao Hu UCLA TCD-IH: Noninvasive Intracranial Hypertension (IH) Diagnosis

2011

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Richard Gatti UCLA Development of Small Molecular Readthrough Compounds (SM-RTCs) for Treating Genetic Diseases Involving Nonsense Mutations
Arion Hadjioannou UCLA A System for Vascular Access in Preclinical Models

Catalyst Award

2018

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2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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Core Voucher

2018

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2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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CTRC Seed Grant Awardees

2014

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Christian Roberts UCLA Effects of Exercise Training on Cardiac Structure and Function in Prediabetes Using 3D Cardiac MRI Technology
Simon Beaven UCLA Development of a novel biomarker for liver fibrosis
Sahib Khalsa UCLA A new anxiety treatment through augmented interoceptive exposure training
Jennie Tsao
Kirsten Tillisch
UCLA Brain connectivity and structure pain inhibition and gut microbiota in pediatric irritable bowel syndrome

2013

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Erik Dutson UCLA Brain Responses Associated with Ingestive Behavior in Obese Patients: The Effects of Bariatric Surgery, and their Association with Behavioral and Satiety Signal Responses
Albert Shieh UCLA The Effects of Vitamin D3 versus 25OHD3 Supplementation on Serum Vitamin D Metabolites and Markers of Mineral Metabolism and Immune Function
Kattayoun Kordy UCLA Dose-Response Relationship of Tenofovir with HIV-1 Suppression in Ex-Vivo Model of Tissue Infectibility in Adolescents
Lara Ray
UCLA Repositioning Ivermectin for the Treatment of Alcohol Use Disorders
Murray Kwon
UCLA Mechanism of B-cell Activation and Hyperreactivity-Induced Sensitization Post Mechanical Circulatory Support Device Insertion
Aleksey Matveyenko UCLA Does Reversal of Melatonin Deficiency in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Lead to Preservation of Insulin Secretion and Glucose Control?

CTSI / UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Team Science - Additional Topics (Mental Illness)

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Philippe Bourgois, Joel Braslow UCLA Integrating Policy and Research on Homelessness, Incarceration and Severe Mental Illness

CTSI / UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Seed Grant Program (Team Science) - Cancer Theme

2018

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Robert Prins, Won Kim, Siwen Hu-Lieskovan UCLA Development of a Central Nervous System Metastasis Program at UCLA

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Roshan Bastani UCLA Liver Cancer Prevention and Control - Understanding and Addressing Disparities
Harvey Herschman UCLA A New Therapeutic Approach for Multiple Myeloma, Based on a Unique Biochemical Feature

CTSI / UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Seed Grant Program (Team Science) - Cardiovascular Theme

2018

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Arjun Deb, Eric Chiou, Michael Teitell, Michael Jung UCLA Using Stem Cell Modeling and Optical Approaches to Identify Therapeutic Strategies for Heart Failure

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Huan Meng UCLA Development of CRISPR/Cas9 Nanotherapeutics to Treat Cardiac Dysfunction in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Susanne Nicholas UCLA Investigation of the Effect of Chronic Kidney Disease on the Development of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Calcification

CTSI / UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Seed Grant Program (Team Science) - Immunity, Inflammation, Infection, and Transplantation Theme

2018

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Nicholas Bernthal, Jeff Miller, John Adams, Gerard Wong UCLA Combating Infection in the Bone Microenvironment: A Multi-faceted Approach to Subvert Antimicrobial Resistance.

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Samuel Weigt UCLA Using X-ray-based Functional Lung Imaging Technology to Detect Lung Allograft Dysfunction
Dimitrios Iliopoulis UCLA Development and Effectiveness of HDAC9-specific Pharmacological Inhibitors to Suppress the Inflammatory Response in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Airie Kim UCLA The Role of Zip8 in Host Defense Against Pulmonary Infection
Caroline Kuo UCLA Gene Correction of X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia Using Targeted Endonucleases
Elizabeta Nemeth UCLA The Mechanism of Adverse Interaction Between Iron and Inflammation in Pregnancy
Dinesh Rao UCLA The Role of the RNA Binding Protein, IGF2BP3, in B-cell Activation

CTSI / UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Seed Grant Program (Team Science) - Metabolism Theme

2018

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Jake Lusis, Adriana Huertas-Vazquez, Jussi Pihlajamäki, Samuel Canizales-Quinteros UCLA Multi-omics Approaches to Understand Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
David Nathanson UCLA Integrated Metabolic and Molecular Profiling of Malignant Gliomas

CTSI / UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Seed Grant Program (Team Science) - Neuroscience Theme

2018

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Ye Zhang, Gary Mathern, Baljit Khakh UCLA Unraveling Astrocyte Contributions to Epilepsy in Humans

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Alcino Silva UCLA Molecular, Cellular, and Circuit Mechanisms of the role of memory linking in causal reasoning
Josh Trachtenberg UCLA Dissecting the Neuronal Microcircuits of Decision-Making Using 2 Photon Ca++ Imaging
Neil Harris UCLA The Role of Astrocyte Network Function in Concussive Brain Injury
Melissa Spencer UCLA Investigation of a Non-canonical WNT Activator that Increases Muscle Growth

CTSI / UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Seed Grant Program (Team Science) - Precision Health Theme

2018

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Eran Halperin, Sriram Sankararaman, Ira Hofer UCLA Machine Learning Models for the Prediction of Adverse Outcomes After Surgery Using Electronic Medical Records and Genetic Data

CTSI / UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Seed Grant Program (Team Science) - Regenerative Medicine Theme

2018

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Kathrin Plath, Heather Christofk, Bill Lowry UCLA Diet and Development: Impact of Diet-Regulated Nutrients on Stem Cell Metabolism, Cell Fate, and the Chromatin and Transcriptional State

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Amander Clark UCLA Regenerating Germline Cells from Pluripotent Stem Cells
Brigitte Gomperts UCLA Using a 4-D Stretchable Scaffold to Identify New Therapies for Lung Fibrosis
Leanne Jones UCLA Assessing Intestinal Stem Cell Aging Utilizing the Epigenetic Clock
Hanna Mikkola UCLA Transcription Elongation as a Regulator of Human HSC Stemness
Paul Weiss UCLA High-Throughput Vector-Free Delivery of Gene-Editing Payloads via Rapid Mechanical Deformation Enabled by Omniphobic Microfluidic Systems

Junior Faculty Mentored-Research Award

2013

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Alan Chiem Olive View Point-of-Care Echocardiography and Pulmonary Ultrasound to Identify, Manage, and Risk-Stratify Patients with Acute Heart Failure Syndrome Presenting to the Emergency Department
Breena Taira UCLA Determinants of Pediatric Scald Risk in the Latino community: A Foundation for the Development of Evidence-based Community Scald Prevention Initiatives
Anna Milanesi UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Thyroid hormone receptor isoforms specificity in skeletal muscle differentiation and regeneration
Florian Rader Cedars-Sinai Default Medication Intensification to Overcome Physician Inertia in the Treatment of Hypertension
Vivian Chang UCLA Exome Sequencing of Pediatric Patients with Cancer Predisposition
Ted Hutman UCLA Visual Scan Patterns in Response to Self- and Other-Modeled Emotion in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Eduard Panosyan LA BioMed Use of Enzymatic Depletion of Amino Acids to Enhance the Effect of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy Against Brain Tumors
Satiro de Oliveira UCLA Anti-leukemic Immunotherapy Using Modification of Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Stephen Shiao Cedars-Sinai Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation on Intestinal Inflammation and Microbiota
Alice Chung Cedars-Sinai The effect of basal gene expression on prognosis and Herceptin resistance in operable Her2+ invasive breast cancer
Mitchell Kamrava UCLA Molecular and multiparametric-MRI image profiling of sensitivity to neoadjuvant androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) during definitive radiation treatment for high risk prostate cancer

2012

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Chrisandra Shufelt Cedars-Sinai Estrogen Deficiency and Cardiovascular Disease in Premenopausal Women
Heather Jones Cedars-Sinai Acute Lung Injury and Effects of NAMPT and NAM in Modulating Lung Inflammation
Bahman Chavoshan UCLA The role of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) in the pathophysiology of COPD skeletal muscle dysfunction
Anuja Shah UCLA Metabolic Effect of Different Sources of Dietary Phosphorus
James Byrne UCLA Investigating the Potential of Reprogrammed Pluripotent Stem Cells for Patien-Specific Cellular Immunophenotyping to Differentiate Infection from Rejecting in Inestinal Transplantation
Laura Wozniak UCLA Immunophenotyping to Differentiate Infection from Rejection in Intestinal Transplantation
Elizabeth Bromley UCLA Intervention for Individuals with Severe Mental Illness
Denis Evseenko UCLA Inhibition of the lysophoshatidic acid signaling as a novel strategy for restoration of posttraumatic cartilage
Edward Lee UCLA Potential application of Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) in the treatment of pancreatic cancer
Yoon-Hee Cha UCLA Functional Neuroimaging and Neuromodulation in Mal de Debarquement Syndrome
Paul Tumeh UCLA A Needle-Free Nanovaccine Against Melanoma
Thao Nguyen UCLA Fibrosis, Stress, and Ventricular Arrhythmias

Multi-CTSI Team Science - (UCLA/University of Minnesota) Cross-Institutional Award

2012

UM Scholar UCLA Scholar Project Title
Josheph E. Gaugler Joshua Chodosh Alzheimer's Disease Coordinated Care for Hispanic and Latino Seniors
William Riley Hector Rodriguez HIE Use in Small- and Medium-Sized Primary Care Practices: Understanding & Eliminating the Disparity
Robert Simon Jones Francisco J. Ramos-Gomez Correlation of Early Childhood Caries Risk and Obesity in Preschool Age Children Via Salivary Testing

Multi-CTSI Team Science - (UCLA and USC/CHLA) Healthy Aging in Los Angeles Team Science Award

2014

Principal
Investigator
PI Institution Project Title
Catherine
Sarkisian
UCLA Process and Impact Evaluation of the Healthy Communities LA! - A Community Chronic Disease Self-Management Program for Older Adults in Los Angeles County
William Vega USC The Los Angeles Healthy Aging Indicator Project
Maria Aranda USC Bringing Evidenced-Based Depression Treatment to Historically Underrepresented Older Minorities
Arleen Brown UCLA The Use of Evidence-based Aging Initiatives in LA County and Developing Community-Informed Metrics of their Effectiveness
Steven Wallace UCLA Assessing Community Needs and Capacity to Increase the Use of Clinical Preventive Services by Underserved Adults Ages 50 Years and Older in South Los Angeles

Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) and CTSI Career Development Award (CDA)

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Joanna Schaenman UCLA Evaluation of T Cell Immune Function Impairment in Elderly Solid Organ Transplant Recipients (year 3)

2016

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Joanna Schaenman UCLA Evaluation of T Cell Immune Function Impairment in Elderly Solid Organ Transplant Recipients (year 3)

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Joseph Dzierzewski UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Cognitive Response to Improved Sleep in Late-Life: the Role of Inflammation (year 3)
Lee Jennings UCLA Evaluation of a Comprehensive Dementia Care Program: Quality, Health Outcomes, Cost and Utilization (year 3)
Joanna Schaenman UCLA Evaluation of T Cell Immune Function Impairment in Elderly Solid Organ Transplant Recipients (year 2)

2014

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Joseph Dzierzewski UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Cognitive Response to Improved Sleep in Late-Life: the Role of Inflammation (year 2)
Lee Jennings UCLA The UCLA Alzheimer's and Dimentia Care Program: A Comprehensive, Coordinated, Patient-Centered Care for an Incurable Disorder (year 2)
Joanna Schaenman UCLA Evaluation of T Cell Immune Function Impairment in Elderly Solid Organ Transplant Recipients (year 1)

2013

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Joseph Dzierzewski UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Cognitive Response to Improved Sleep in Late-Life: the Role of Inflammation (year 1)
Lee Jennings UCLA The UCLA Alzheimer's and Dimentia Care Program: A Comprehensive, Coordinated, Patient-Centered Care for an Incurable Disorder (year 1)
Jordan Lake UCLA Addressing Chronic Inflammation and Comorbidity in HIV-infected Aging Adults (year 1)

Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) and CTSI Rapid Grants Program

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Ramesh Halder UCLA Impact of Aging on Hydrocarbon Oil-induced Pulmonary Vascular Inflammation and Alveolar Hemorrhage
Theodore Kelesidis UCLA Ex Vivo/In Vitro Studies of Novel Therapeutics for HIV-Related Accelerated Aging
Zhenqi Zhou UCLA The Role of DJ1 in Regulating Metabolic Homeostasis, Adiposity, and Inflammation with Aging

2014

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Pritha Gupta UCLA Soluble CD200 may Positively Correlate with Age and CAD Severity
Sangeeta Dhawan UCLA Promoting Beta Cell Regeneration in Aging with Growth Factor GDF11
Vera Chesnokova Cedars-Sinai Gro1 Promotes Senescence of Hippocampal Neural Progenitors in Aging Brain
Miklos Peterfy Cedars-Sinai Hematopoietic Rejuvenation as a Therapeutic Approach in Aging Associated Inflammation and Metabolic Dysfunction
Homero E. del Pino Charles R. Drew University Evaluating the Usability of an Alcohol SBI (CARET-HIV) for Older Adults with HIV Infection
Ram Singh UCLA Changes in Non-conventional T-cells that Reach Against Lipids with Aging: Role in Inflammation and Immune Suppression
Theodore Robles UCLA Social Engagement and Health in Assisted Living Facilities

2013

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Pia Banerjee UCLA Neurocognitive, Functional, and Neuroimaging Predictors of Radiation-Induced Neurocognitive Decline in Elderly Malignan Glioma Patients
Albert Shieh UCLA Assessing the Balance Between Bone Formation and Resorption: An Index of Net Bone Formation
Christian Roberts UCLA Characterization of Myocellular Lipids in Older Obese Adults Using Novel MR Spectroscopic Imaging
Joanna Schaenman UCLA Immunologic Control of Infection in the Elderly Kidney Transplant Recipient
Jonathan Wanagat UCLA Characterization of Myocellular Lipids in Older Obese Adults Using Novel MR Spectroscopic Imaging
David Casero UCLA Identification of Protective Factors for the Regenerative Recovery of Immune System Function: the Molecular Signatures of Murine and Human Thymic Aging

2012

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Meredith Braskie UCLA Growth Factors, Neuroinflammation, Exercise, and Brain Integrity
David Black UCLA RCT of Mindful Awareness Practices for Sleep and inflammation in Older Adults
Marissa Caudill UCLA RCT of Mindful Awareness Practices for Sleep and inflammation in Older Adults
Gelareh Gabayan UCLA Emergency Department Crowding and Community Determinants and Patient Outcomes
Donald Lamkin UCLA Stress-Induced Inflammatory Signaling in Leukemia
Lee Jennings UCLA Perspectives of Persons Aging with HIV
Eric Hayden UCLA Structural Determination of Aβ40 and Aβ42 Oligomers of Specific Size (Order)

Pathfinder Awards

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
William Hsu UCLA Building Research Maps for Catalyzing Translational Medicine
Susanne Nicholas UCLA Validation of a Clinical Biomarker and a Novel Point-of-Care Device for Diabetic Kidney Disease
Aydogan Ozcan UCLA Dual-Color Mobile Phone-based Fluorescence Microscopy Platform for the Detection of IS6110 Insertion Fragment in Mycobacterium Tuberculosis DNA 
Sean Young UCLA An Automated Platform for Mining Social Data and Predicting Behaviors

Team Science - Basic and Clinical Approaches to HIV/AIDS

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Dimitrios Vatakis UCLA Digital genomic quantification of CD8 T-Cell subset clonality in HIV infection
Matthew Marsden UCLA Evaluating HIV latency and persistence in vivo using genetically barcoded

2013

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Debika Bhattacharya UCLA Cardiovascular and Metabolic Complications of HIV/HCV Co-infection
Irvin Chen UCLA Genetic engineering of a multifactorial approach to cure AIDS
Genhong Cheng UCLA 25-Hydroxycholesterol and its analogs as novel broad antiviral agents
David Gere UCLA Mixed methods secondary data analysis for AMP!
Risa Hoffman UCLA Understanding retention in Malawi's Option B+ Program
Ian Holloway UCLA Network influences on HIV risk and technology use among Dominican MSM sex workers
Steve Horvath UCLA Diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for HIV-Associated Non-AIDS (HANA) condition
Sung-Jae Lee UCLA Enhancing linkage to care for MSM through provider-outreach worker paired teams
Anne Rimoin UCLA Understanding the Relationship between HIV and Schistosomaisis in the Congo Basin

2012

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Genhong Cheng UCLA 25-Hydroxycholesterol and its analogs as novel broad antiviral agents
Steve Horvath UCLA Diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for HIV-Associated Non-AIDS (HANA) condition
Debika Bhattacharya UCLA Cardiovascular and Metabolic Complications of HIV/HCV Co-infection
Irvin Chen UCLA Genetic engineering of a multifactorial approach to cure AIDS

Team Science - Cardiac Fibrosis: Basic Biology and Translation to Human Heart Disease

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Arjun Deb UCLA
Understanding heart fibrosis: from genetics to imaging and therapy

Team Science - Cardiovascular Theme Team Science

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Thomas Vondriska UCLA Epigenomic diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease
Mansoureh Eghbali UCLA Role of oxidized lipids and miR193 in pulmonary hypertension

2012

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Yibin Wang
Jake Lusis
UCLA Systems Genetics of Heart Failure: Paving the Road to Translation

Team Science - Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Daniel Ennis UCLA Measuring cardiomyocyte performance in vivo with MRI
Huan Meng UCLA Custom design of polyrotaxane nanocarrier for CRISPR/Cas9 delivery in DMD
Stan Nelson UCLA Assessment of vacuum needle biopsy system for sampling in muscle disease
Frank Petrigliano UCLA (not available)
Melissa Spencer UCLA Generation of a humanzed mouse model of DMD

2014

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Karen Reue,
Andrea Hevener
UCLA Genetic and molecular determinants of statin related myopathy in the mouse
Bridgitte Gomperts,
April Pyle
UCLA Improving our understanding of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy by modeling the muslce niche
Rachelle Crosbie-Watson,
Ken Roos
UCLA Restoration of muscle cell adhesion to treat cardiomyopathy in muscular dystrophy
M. Carrie Miceli,
Stanley Nelson,
April Pyle,
Rachelle Crosbie-Watson,
Melissa Spencer,
Linda Baum
UCLA Stem cell approaches for combination DMD Exon skipping therapy

Team Science - Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute (CDI) and CTSI Children’s Health

2015

Principal Investigator Project Title
Isidro Salusky Roles of iron, phosphate, and chronic kidney disease in the regulation of fibroblast growth factor 23
Rashmi Shetgiri A primary care-based, family-focused intervention to reduce Latino youth violence

2014

Principal Investigator Project Title
Donald Kohn Stem cell gene therapy for sickle cell disease
Joanna Jen Improving the Diagnosis and Treatment of Enigmatic Pediatric Neurological Disorders
Sheryl Katoaka Redesigning depression detection and treatment for low-income minority adolescents in school health clinic
Harley Kornblum Neural stem cells in autism pathophysiology
Biagio Saitta Patient-Derived Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Mouse Models to Identify Regulatory Mechanisms of Skeletal Dysplasias

Team Science - Immunity, Inflammation, Infection and Transplantation (I3T)

2014

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Dino Di Carlo,
Jeffrey Zink
UCLA Magnetic-nanoparticle induced mechanical and thermal disruption to eradicate indwelling biofilms
Marcus Horwitz UCLA Development of a new class of antibiotics: near atomic resolution of the Francisella T6SS structure and identification of inhibitors of assembly and secretion

Team Science - Neuroscience

2013

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Thomas Carmichael
UCLA Stem Cell Therapy for Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Translational Neurodegeneration and Neural Repair Research

2014

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Michael Basso UCLA A new model of the slowly progressing degeneration in Parkinson's disease
Peyman Golshani UCLA Imaging pathological network dynamics in Huntington's disease
Jason Hinman UCLA Determining molecular synergism between white matter stroke and Alzheimer's disease
Feliz Schweizer UCLA Neuronal effects of PD related pesticides

CTSI / UCLA California Behavioral Health Center of Exellence / CTSI Rapid Research Advances for Progress In Disparities (RRAPID) Mental Health Awards

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Armen Arevian UCLA Personalized, Predictive Markers of Clinical Outcome in Mental Illness through Speech Analysis
Joseph Rojas UCLA Defining the myogenic niche for rotator cuff skeletal muscle regeneration by administration of hPSC-pericytes
Kate Wolitzky-Taylor UCLA Engaging Stakeholders to Identify Barriers to Delivering Evidence Based Treatment for Anxiety Disorders in Community Mental Health

CTSI / UCLA Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART) Pilot Awards

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Christopher Colwell UCLA Is Dim Light at Night a Risk Factor for Autism Spectrum Disorders?
Mirella Dapretto UCLA Parsing ASD Heterogeneity: Neuroendophenotypes of Social and Sensory Responsivity
Harley Kornblum UCLA Establishing the Causal Contribution of Microglia and Adult Neuroinflammation to Social, Cognitive, and Tactile Dysfunction in Mice with Environmental and Genetic Susceptibilities for ASD

2016

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Weize Hong UCLA Investigating The Role of Amygdala Circuitry in ASD-Related Behavior
Michael Gandal UCLA Targeting Microglial Activation for Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): A Proof-of-Concept, Target-engagement Study
David Hayes-Bautista, Amanda Gulsrud UCLA Latino Parents of Children with Autism: Understanding how Innovative Mobile Internet Technology can Increase Access to Care

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Marco Iacoboni UCLA From seeing to participating: dysregulation of fuctional connectivity during action perception and imitation in autism spectrum disorder

2014

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Shafali Jeste,
Amanda Gulsrud
UCLA Early intervention targeting social communication in infants with tuberous sclerosis complex
Sandra Loo UCLA Brain oscillatory patterns associated with GABA/Glutamate signaling and cognition in ASD
Alcino Silva UCLA Immune activation during pre- and post-natal development causes social phenotypes in a mouse model of Tuberous

2013

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Hongjing Lu UCLA Impact of autism on action perception
Danny J.J. Wang UCLA Perfusion MRI and functional connectivity in ASD
Beate Rtiz UCLA The link between pre-conceptual and prenatal supplementary folic acid intake and ASD in the Danish National Birth Cohort (DNBC)

2012

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Nigel Maidment UCLA Role of endogenous opioids in cocaine and opiate abuse
Jennifer Levitt UCLA Glutamate in autism and early development

CTSI / UCLA Center for Ulcer Research and Education (CURE): Digestive Diseases Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Study (PFS)

2018

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Elizabeth Videlock UCLA The Role of Colonic Inflammation and Gliosis in a Mouse Model of Parkinson’s Disease (PD)
Arpana Gupta UCLA Sex Differences in Microbiome-Related Alterations in Brain Signatures in Obesity
Slavica Tudzarova-Trajkovska UCLA Pancreatic Tumor Promoting Role of β-­cell Warburg Effect in Type-­2 Diabetes

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Jill Hoffman UCLA The role of CRHR2 signaling in enteric glial cell function during colitis
Elaine Hsiao UCLA Dissecting Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms for Communication Across the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis
Marina Koutsioumpa UCLA Characterization and therapeutic targeting of ING3 chromatin pathway in pancreatic cancer
David Padua UCLA The Role of the Long-Noncoding RNA, CKDN2B-AS1, in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

2016

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Jill Hoffman UCLA The role of CRHR2 signaling in enteric glial cell function during colitis
Elaine Hsiao UCLA Dissecting Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms for Communication Across the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis
Marina Koutsioumpa UCLA Characterization and therapeutic targeting of ING3 chromatin pathway in pancreatic cancer
David Padua UCLA The Role of the Long-Noncoding RNA, CKDN2B-AS1, in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Kyriaki Bakirtzi UCLA Identification and characterization of IBD-associated exosomes; horizontal gene transfer between the adipose and intestinal tissues
John Colicelli UCLA Regulation of RAB5 GTPase activity during Listeria monocytogenes infection
Alexandra Drakaki UCLA Molecular mechanisms and targeting of miR-9 in hepatocellular oncogenesis
Maria Hatziapostolou UCLA (not available)
Jonathan Jacobs UCLA The effect of an inflammatory bowel disease associated enterotype and metabotype on colitis in humanized gnotobiotic mice
Leanne Jones UCLA Characterizing the role of Tricellulin in intestinal disease
Swapna Joshi UCLA Colonic mucosal micro RNA and gene expression associated pathways and their correlation with dysbiosis in colonic mucosa in Irritable bowel Syndrome
Yoko Kidani UCLA Investigating the effect of lipid metabolism on Th17/Treg balance in gut immunity
DeChen Lin Cedars-Sinai Identification and characterization of super-enhancer driven transcripts in esophageal cancer through functional genomic approaches
Claudia San Miguel UCLA The role of adipokines as moderators and mediators of brain structure/activity signatures and their association with ingestive behaviors and weight loss after bariatric surgery
Claudio Scaofglio UCLA Combination treatments with sodium-glucose transporter 2 inhibitors in pancreatic cancers
Ali Sedarat UCLA Randomized controlled study of patients with severe refractory or recurrent peptic ulcer bleeding
Heloisa Soares UCLA Negative feedback loops by MEK/ERK and PI3K/AKT/mTOR in pancreatic cancer
Iina Tuomenin UCLA Determining the functional role of Stard3nl in liver fibrosis
Elizabeth Volkman UCLA Integrative analysis of the colonic microbiota and gastrointestinal dysfunction in systemic sclerosis

2014

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Stavroula Baritaki UCLA Effects of corticotrophin releasing hormone receptor 2 (CRHR2) in modulating colon cancer immunoescape through Fas/FasL regulation
Kai Fang UCLA Regulation of colitis by miR-221-5p and miR-222 3p-neurokinin receptor interactions
Cynthia Hong UCLA Regulation of intestinal lipid metabolism by IDOL
Haofeng Ji UCLA Neuroregulation in hepatic ischemia/reperfusion injury in orthotopic liver transplantation: immunomodulation via PKA-CREB-KL4 pathway
Thomas Vallim UCLA Central role of FXR-MAFG in bile acid homeostasis and inflammation

2013

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Christos Polytarchou UCLA The role of miR-21 expression in ulcerative colitis-associated colorectal cancer initiation and progression
Kathleen Hertzer UCLA Understanding the link between diet, inflammation, and pancreatic cancer
Katrin Hacke UCLA A novel chemoselection strategy for hematopoetic stem cell transplantation in IBD
Martin Martin UCLA Peptidomic survey of regulated hormone secretion from human small intestinal mucosa derived from a subject with a germ-line mutation of PCSK1
Timothy Donahue UCLA Targeting micro RNA 21 in human pancreatic cancer

CTSI / Iris Cantor Women's Health Center - Augmentation Awards

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Edythe London,
Nicole Peterson
UCLA Sex/gender differences in the neural and behavioral response to reduced nicotine cigarettes
Kirsten Tillisch UCLA Sex differences in gut microbiota-gut brain axis
Madhuri Wadehra UCLA Determination of EMP2 antibody drug conjugates for treatment of triple negative breast cancer

CTSI / Iris Cantor Women's Health Center - Cervical Cancer Awards

2016

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Adriana Vidal
Cedars-Sinai
Increasing human papilloma virus vaccine uptake via general health messaging
Otto Yang
UCLA Novel therapeutic vaccine that elicits cellular immunity to clear human papilloma virus (HPV) infection

CTSI / Iris Cantor Women's Health Center - Pilot Awards

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Margaret Mohr, Paul Micevych UCLA Hypothalamic astrocyte proliferation: Role in female reproduction (Puberty)
Kurt Zeyneb, Xia Yang UCLA Understanding sexual dimorphism of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease via big data integration
Elizabeth Evans, Alison Hamilton U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, UCLA A mixed methods approach to understanding gender differences in pain and behavioral responses to complementary and integrative health (CIH/CAM) in military veterans
Stephanie Correa UCLA A female specific brain-bone axis: Investigating bone regulating neurons in the hypothalamus
Amander Clark UCLA Exploring the use of stem cells to overcome infertility after cancer therapy

2016

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Otto Yang, Anna Barbara Moscicki UCLA Novel Therapeutic Vaccine that Elicits Cellular Immunity to Clear Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Infection
Adriana Vidal, Peter Szilagyi UCLA Increasing Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine Uptake via General Health Massaging

2015

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Hillary Coller UCLA Is switching from long to short form RECK an important contributor to breast cancer progression and metastasis for triple negative breast cancer?
Mansoureh Eghbali UCLA The estrogen paradox and the role of micro-RNA-193 I the rescue action of phytoestrogen genistein in pulmonary hypertension
Mark Goodarzi Cedars-Sinai A systems genetics investigation of adipose tissue dysfunction in the pathogenesis of polycystic ovary syndrome
Sandra Orsulic Cedars-Sinai Collagen remodeling during ovarian aging
Kathrin Plath
Anna Sahakyan
UCLA CRISPR/Cas9 screen for the establishment of human naïve pluripotent stem cell culture conditions
Claudia SanMiguel,
Emeran Mayer
UCLA Brain activity associated with hunger and satiation and in response to food-cues in obese women, and its relation to weight loss after bariatric surgery
Mary Sehl UCLA Studying age accelerating effects in breast tissue and their relationship to breast cancer risk: How methylation patterns in female breast change with hormone exposure

CTSI / Iris Cantor Women's Health Center - Young Investigator Awards

2013

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Alexandra Dupont,
Julienne Bower
UCLA Early life influences on adulthood health: exploring the association in breast cancer survivors and young adults
Zhenqi Zhou,
Andrea Hevener
UCLA Impact of skeletal muscle Lmcd1 expression on Era action in the maintenance of metabolic homeostatsis

CTSI / RCMAR-CHIME Pilot Awards

2017

Principal Investigator Institution Project Title
Alejandra Casillas UCLA First warning signs for cognitive decline: Self-reported memory problems and neuro-cognitive testing among middle-aged and older adults across race/ethnicity in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)
Yelba Castellon-Lopez UCLA Promoting advanced care planning in older Latino adults through shared decision making
Kia Jeffers UCLA Nursing Integrating the Medicare DPP into the community-based nursing program of a safety net health system
Svinka Zlatar UC San Diego Subjective cognitive decline and neurocognition in Hispanic older adults

2016

Principal Investigator Institution Project Title
Maria Marquine UC San Diego Successful Aging among Latinos (SAL)
Courtney Thomas UCLA Racial Identity as a Resource for Healthy Aging: Improving Psychosocial Resilience among Older African Americans
April Thames UCLA Accelerated Cognitive Aging as a Function of HIV and Lifetime Stress/Adversity

2015

Principal Investigator Institution Project Title
Cleopatra Abdou-Kamperveen USC Psychosocial mediators and moderators of healthcare stereotype threat in older African Americans and Latinos
Brandon Brown UC Riverside Differences in age and ethnicity in HIV testing and perceptions of HIV risk in the Coachella Valley
Annie Lu Nguyen USC HIV management and successful aging in men from communities of color
Yuying Tsong Cal State Fullerton Vietnamese American older adults’ mental health literacy and help seeking
Arturo Vargas Bustamante UCLA Factors affecting hypertension risk awareness and self-management among socially isolated Mexican-American older adults

2014

Principal Investigator Institution Project Title
Homero del Pino Charles R. Drew University Exploring the sexual risk behaviors of older HIV+ men who have sex with men
Maisha T. Robinson UCLA Closing the gap about crossing over: Addressing the disparity in advance-care planning in elderly African Americans
Efrain Talamantes UCLA The impact of age, race and ethnicity on kidney transplant mortality

2013

Principal Investigator Institution Project Title
Nazleen Bharmal UCLA Cultural adaptation of stroke risk reduction curriculum for low-income South-Asian older adults
Jung-Ah Lee UC Irvine The use of innovative mobile health technology among elderly Hispanics on anticoagulation therapy
Annie Lu Nguyen USC Behaviors related to diabetes management among elderly Latino patients see at a federally qualified health center

2012

Principal Investigator Institution Project Title
Luisa Blanco RAND/Pepperdine Financial exclusion and the wellbeing of minority elders in the United States
Sarah Choi UC Irvine Diabetes self-care program for older Korean immigrants and their spouses
Homero del Pino Charles R. Drew University Exploring the social support of gay men in sobriety

2011

Principal Investigator Institution Project Title
Adrianna Izquierdo UCLA Familism, social support, stress, and depressive symptoms among older Latinos in the United States: The Hispanic Community Health Study / Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) Study
Aurelia Macabasco-O’Connell Azusa Pacific University Testing the effectiveness of an intensive dietary sodium intervention in elderly Latinos with chronic health failure
Sylvia Paz UCLA Language equivalence in Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) physical functioning measure
Sarah Song Rush University A community partnered approach to improving stroke symptom recognition and response in elderly Korean-Americans

CTSI / Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Collaboration Grants

2013

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Tony Kuo LA County Dept pf Public Health Identifying Opportunities and Examining Evidence-Based Programs to Improve the Health of Youth in Los Angeles County
Kenny Yat-Choi Kwong LA BioMed/Harbor Prospective study of asthma control, asthma morbidity, quality of life (QOL) and health care expenditure in asthmatic children during transition from acute care at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (HUMC) back to community managed care organizations
Carol Mangione UCLA Implementation of a Primary Care-Based Teleretinal Screening Protocol for the Los Angeles County Safety Net
Kenneth Wells
Kristin Ochoa
UCLA Los Angeles County Psychiatric Emergency Room Outcomes Study
Theodore Friedman UCLA Obesity Group Visits: An Innovative Program to Deliver Obesity Services at DHS Facilities

CTSI / USC / Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Implementation Science Award

2017

Principal Investigator PI Institution Project Title
Dong Chang LA BioMed Time Limited Trials to Reduce Non?Beneficial Intensive Care Unit Treatments Among Critically?Ill Patients with Advanced Medical Illnesses
Elizabeth Pyatak USC Addressing Uncontrolled Diabetes in Primary Care: A Lifestyle Redesign Approach
Kabir Yadav LA BioMed Using Behavioral Science to Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Use in Acute Care Settings
Kenneth Zangwill LA BioMed Discontinuation of Antimicrobial Prophylaxis After Surgical Incision Closure
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