MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute (WVCTSI) is awarding $360,000 in grants to eight WVCTSI faculty members for clinical and translational research projects. The Pilot Grants Program received 43 applications late last year and will fund the top eight proposals. These proposals focus on utilizing new discoveries to improve the lives of people in West Virginia and Appalachia. The maximum award for each project is $50,000.

“We hope these awards are only the beginning. In this first year of funding, with these eight, we will have funded a total of 14 grants,” Uma Sundaram, M.D., founding director of the WVCTSI, said. “The WVCTSI aims to address the many health disparities in our state. One way to help accomplish this is by supporting our innovative researchers. We hope these grants will position promising researchers to compete for external funding so that they may continue to help our communities.”

The WVCTSI was created in 2008 to address health disparities most commonly affecting Appalachians. The Clinical and Translational Pilot Grants Program provides a mechanism for soliciting and awarding clinical, translational and community engagement projects, from concept to competitiveness for external funding.

The research projects will cover a range of topics including stroke, cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Pilot Grants Competition Awardees include: Awards are contingent upon researchers receiving Institutional Review Board approval. Pilot funding is being disbursed through the WV IDeA-CTR NIH/NIGMS Award Number U54GM104942 in partnership with other WVCTSI member institutions (WVU, WVU-C/CAMC Institute and WVSOM).
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