2015 Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards

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List of Awarded Projects:

Category 1:

3D Dynamic Organization of Eukaryotic Genome - Sean Sun (WSE) & Karen Reddy (SOM)
A Novel Computational Approach to for Scalable Biomarker Discovery in Autoimmune Diseases: A Pilot in Scleroderma - Suchi Saria (WSE), Livia Casciola-Rosen (SOM), Fred Wigley (SOM), Laura Hummers (SOM)
Analysis of neural circuitry controlling rapid eye movement (REM) sleep - Seth Blackshaw (SOM) & Samer Hattar (KSAS)
Animals, Public Health, and Ethics - Jeffrey Kahn (BSPH/BIB), Joanne Zurlo (BSPH), Dara Kraitchman (SOM)
Clinical Decision Ambiguity and Conflicts of Interests on Decision-Making in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory: A Stochastic Decision Theoretical Approach - Tinglong Dai (CBS) & Chao-Wei Hwang (SOM)
Courier Drones for Health; Transport Diagnostic Laboratory Samples in Nzoia District of Western Kenya using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) - Timothy Amukele (SOM), Joseph Moore (APL), Robert Chalmers (APL)
Developing a Clinical Decision Support System for Predicting Septic Shock in Intensive Care Units - Ayse Gurses (SOM), Suchi Saria (WSE), Scott Levin (SOM), David Hager (SOM), Eric Howell (SOM)
Engineering Approaches to Studying Spatial Representations in the Brain - Noah Cowan (WSE) & James Knierim (SOM)
Engineering Artificial Lymph Nodes for Cancer Immunotherapy - Hai-Quan Mao (WSE) & Jonathan Schneck (SOM)
Functional status assessment - a vital step to transform care in the inpatient hospital setting - Erik Hoyer (SOM), John Probasco (SOM), Joann Ioannou (SON), Michael Friedman (SOM), Kitty Chan (BSPH)
High throughput discovery and domestication of bacteriophages for human microbiome engineering - Jessica Dymond (APL), Joel Bader (WSE), Joel Schildbach (KSAS)
Human Performance: Role of acute exercise in enhancing cognitive function - Peter Searson (WSE), Kerry Stewart (SOM), Howard Egeth (KSAS)
Identifying Psychedelic and Non-Psychedelic Music Elements for Psilocybin Research - Hollis Robbins (Peabody), Frederick Barrett (SOM), Roland Griffiths (SOM), David Smooke (Peabody), Oscar Bettison (Peabody)
Lung Cancer Early Diagnosis Using Biomarkers from Multiple Platforms - Peng Huang (SOM), Malcolm Brock (SOM), Zaver Bhujwalla (SOM), Linda Chu (SOM), Elliot Fishman (SOM), Junghoon Lee (SOM), Jeff Wang (WSE)
Meiosis in Cancer: Alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT) and meiotic recombination - Philip Jordan (BSPH) & Alan Meeker (SOM)
Molecular Imaging of Mechano-Transduction in Breast Cancer Metastasis - Zaver Bhujwalla (SOM), Steven An (BSPH), Saraswati Sukumar (SOM)
Nanoparticle-based therapeutic strategy to target an RNA-binding protein termed TDP-43 in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis - Philip Wong (SOM) & Hai-Quan Mao (WSE)
Reverse Engineering Ancient Ceramics - Sanchita Balachandran (KSAS) & Patricia McGuiggan (WSE)
Sequencing-based Transcription Factor Binding Quantification for Synthetic Biology - Winston Timp (WSE) & David Karig (APL)
Supervised Machine Learning for Clinical Decision Support for Heart Failure Readmission - Frederick Korley (SOM), Scott Levin (SOM), Sauleh Siddiqui (WSE)

Category 2:

An Interdisciplinary Investigation of the Mechanism of Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease - Rong Li (SOM), Takanari Inoue (SOM), Rebecca Shulman (WSE), Sean Sun (WSE), Sharon Gerecht (WSE)
Modeling the Effects of Climate Change on the Global Food System - Cindy Parker (BSPH), Jonathan Haskett (SAIS), Sauleh Siddiqui (WSE), Roni Neff (BSPH), Ben Hobbs (WSE), Ben Zaitchik (KSAS)
Understanding the role of the sympathetic nervous system in pancreatic development and regeneration - Michael Parsons (SOM), Rejji Kuruvilla (KSAS), Jeff Mumm (SOM)

Johns Hopkins Discovery Awards given to 23 cross-divisional research teams

Funding is part of $15M commitment to cross-university, faculty-led research over three years

With support from Johns Hopkins University's new Discovery Awards, scholars will bridge medicine and engineering to create artificial lymph nodes, pair music and pharmacology to better understand treatments for depression and anxiety, and combine archaeology and materials science to understand artifacts from the ancient past.

Twenty-three teams received word on Thursday that they were among the first chosen for the program, which will help them use the power of partnerships to fuel important discoveries and solve global challenges. All the teams are composed of members from at least two Johns Hopkins divisions. Three of the funded projects involve collaborators from the Applied Physics Laboratory, including a creative effort to use drones to carry laboratory samples in areas of the world with poor infrastructure.

The Discovery Awards program was launched earlier this year by JHU President Ronald J. DanielsProvost Robert C. Lieberman, and the deans and directors of the academic divisions. It is part of a $15 million commitment to cross-university, faculty-led research over three years.

"The number of applicants and the breadth of their ideas was thrilling to see," Daniels says. "It speaks to our community's desire to transcend barriers to collaboration and find bracing approaches to research questions. It is vital that we support these ambitious, cross-divisional teams, particularly as other funding remains difficult to secure."

Teams could apply for up to $100,000 to explore a new area of collaborative work, or request up to $150,000 in project planning funds if they are preparing for an externally funded large-scale grant or cooperative agreement. The awards were intended to spark new interactions among investigators across the university rather than support established projects.

Three teams were chosen for the larger project planning awards, including the broadest collaboration: an effort between the schools of Public Health, Engineering, and Arts and Sciences, and SAIS to model the effects of climate change on the global food system.

The full list of recipients and their projects is on the Office of the Provost website.

Faculty members from across the university were called upon to select the winners from 217 proposals for the awards, which are open to all 10 divisions as well as Jhpiego, the Sheridan Libraries, and CTY.

"We believe high-quality, high-impact ideas arise when people are encouraged to bring their diverse experiences and viewpoints to the table," Lieberman says. "This award program attracted many powerful examples of that, and we are excited to give these innovative scholars the support they need to move forward."

Source: The HUB at Work