CTRC-Westwood Seed Grant Awardees

The Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) Seed Grants provide investigators funding for pilot studies that utilize CTRC services and facilities at UCLA-Westwood. Those projects are expected to secure independent funding from a government agency or private foundation, make significant use of the Westwood CTRC services, especially nursing and nutrition, and result in at least one peer-reviewed publication.

The following four projects were selected in January 2014:

PI: Simon Beaven, MD (Medicine, Digestive Diseases/Gastroenterology)
1. Project Title: "Development of a Novel Biomarker for Liver Fibrosis"

PI: Sahib Khalsa, MD, PhD (Psychiatry, UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic)
2. Project Title: "A new anxiety treatment through augmented interoceptive exposure training."

PI: Christian Roberts, PhD (Nursing, Translational Sciences Section)
3. Project Title: "Effects of Exercise Training on Cardiac Structure and Function in Prediabetes Using 3D Cardiac MRI Technology"

PI: Jennie Tsao, PhD (Pediatrics, UCLA Pediatric Pain Program) and Kirsten Tillisch, MD (Medicine, Digestive Diseases/Gastroenterology)
4. Project Title: "Brain connectivity and structure, pain inhibition, and gut microbiota in pediatric irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)"

For information about the UCLA CTSI Clinical and Translational Research Centers, the seed grant program and awardee project summaries, click here.

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