UMMC researchers garnered 103 grants - including 59 continuing and 44 new awards - from July-September 2020 totaling $39,047,903.66 to support ongoing projects at the Medical Center.
The following faculty obtained the largest new awards during the third quarter of 2020 (note: Award amounts are calculated as annual figures):
Dr. Richard Summers, Billy S. Guyton Professor of Emergency Medicine and associate vice chancellor for research, received a $1,994,235 grant from the Robert Hearin Support Foundation for the “COVID-19 Mitigation Response Program.”
Dr. Leandro Mena, professor and chair of population health science, received a $1,835,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health through the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for the “COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN).” Mena also received another government-funded grant for COVID-19 research and $226,674 for an industry sponsored research agreement.
Dr. Loretta Jackson-Williams, professor of emergency medicine and vice dean for medical education, received a $1,620,370 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for the “Value-based Medical Student Education Training Program.”
Dr. Damon Darsey, associate professor of emergency medicine and MCES medical director, received a $1,609,969 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the “Rural Emergency Medical Communications Demonstrations Project.” Darsey also received a $10,000 grant from the Rbaby Foundation for the “Pediatric Advanced Resuscitation Training and Emergency Readiness Program (PARTNER).”
Dr. Nita J. Maihle, professor of medicine and cell and molecular biology, received an $875,000 grant from the Department of Defense for the Ovarian Cancer Academy.
Dr. Joey P. Granger, dean of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, received a $529,183 National Research Service Award from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, for the project, "Hypertension and Cardiorenal Diseases Research Training Program."
Dr. Gailen Marshall, professor of medicine and pediatrics and vice chair for research, received $430,500 for an industry sponsored research agreement and $278,292 for another industry sponsored research agreement.
Dr. Harold Livingston, professor of dentistry and chair of advanced general dentistry, received a $416,666 HRSA grant for the project, “Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Health Hygiene.”
Dr. Donna Rowlett, associate professor of psychiatry, received a $310,927 grant from the National Institutes of Health for the project, “GABA-A Receptor Subtype Mechanisms and the Abuse-related Effects of Alcohol.”
Dr. Bradley Walters, assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, received a $249,943 DOD grant for the project, “Matrix Metalloproteinases in the Degeneration of Cochlear Synapses.”
Dr. Robert Long, assistant professor of medicine, received $246,292 for an industry sponsored research agreement and $115,575 for another industry sponsored research agreement.
Dr. Gabriel Hernandez, assistant professor of medicine, received $226,534 for an industry sponsored research agreement.
Dr. Lauren Tucker, assistant professor of pediatrics, received a $215,050 grant from Duke University for the project, “Eating, Sleeping, Consoling for Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal (ESC-NOW): A Function-based Assessment and Management Approach Study.”
Dr. Hong Zhu, professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences, received a $188,012 grant for an industry sponsored research agreement.
Dr. Abhay Bhatt, professor of pediatric neonatology, received $155,575 for an industry sponsored research agreement.
Dr. Vikas Majithia, professor and division director of rheumatology and molecular immunology, received $149,128 for an industry sponsored agreement.
Dr. Alicia Rose, associate professor of dentistry, received a $143,159 HRSA grant for the project, “Ryan White Title III HIV Capacity Development and Planning Grants.”
Dr. Alan Jones, professor and chair of emergency medicine and assistant vice chancellor for clinical affairs, received a $136,364 grant from the University of Minnesota for the project, “COVID-19: Angiotensin Receptor Blockers for Novel SARS-CoV-2.”
Dr. Mary Marquart, associate professor of microbiology and immunology, received a $125,000 NIH grant for the project, “Characterization of Viridans Group Streptococci from Endophathalmitis.”
Dr. Lais F. Berro, instructor in psychiatry and human behavior, received a $119,090 NIH grant for the project, “Role of Orexin Receptors in the Abuse-and-Sleep-related Effects of Methamphetamine.”
Dr. David Elkin, professor of psychiatry and human behavior and executive director of the Center for Advancement of Youth, received a $117,067 grant from the Bower Foundation for “Improved Efficiency at the Center for Advencement of Youth.”
Dr. Eva Bengten, professor of microbiology and immunology, received a $101,414 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the project, “Defining a Subset of Leukocyte Immune-type Receptors Induced by TLR Stimulation.”
Dr. Andrew Wilhelm, associate professor of pulmonology, received $94,487 for an industry sponsored research agreement.
Dr. Shou-Ching Tang, professor of medicine and pharmacology and toxicology and associate director of the UMMC Cancer Institute Clinical and Translation Research, received $87,843 for an industry sponsored research agreement.
Dr. Jason Tullis, associate professor of neurosurgery, received $74,368 for an industry sponsored research agreement.
Eleanor Ezell, a Center for Advancement of Youth therapist, received a $63,492 grant from the Mississippi Department of Mental Health and the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities for the project, “PCIT Adaptations for Anxiety: Family Based and Intensive Group Behavioral Interventions - Mississippi Anxiety Clinic and Camp for Kids (MACCK).”
Dr. Juanyce Taylor, associate professor in the Doctor of Health Administration Program in the School of Health Related Professions and chief diversity and inclusion officer, received a $60,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for the “COVID-19 Relief Funding for General Operations Supplement.”
Dr. Douglas Vetter, associate professor of neurobiology and anatomical sciences, received a $50,000 grant from the American Otological Society for the project, “Defining Novel Cochlear Signaling Systems That Determine ABR Wave I Threshold Shifts Following Noise.”
Dr. Vishnu Garla, assistant professor of endocrinology, received $49,562 for an industry sponsored research agreement.
Dr. Sumana Ghosh, a postdoctoral fellow in neurobiology and anatomical sciences, received a $40,000 grant from the American Otological Society for the project, “Novel Role of Transcription Factor Six2 in Vestibular Planar Cell Polarity (PCP).”
Dr. Eric Vallender, associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior, received a $34,137 grant from the Oregon Health and Science University for the project, “Genomic Sequencing to Establish a Macaque Genotype and Phenotype Research Resource.”
Dr. Truman Earl, associate professor of transplant surgery, received $28,893 for an industry sponsored research agreement.
Dr. Mario Sims, associate professor of medicine and chief science officer of the Jackson Heart Study, received a $15,560 NIH grant for the 20th anniversary conference, “Every Heartbeat Matters: Changing the Future of Heart Health.”
Dr. Shashank Shekhar, assistant professor of neurology, received $15,000 for an industry sponsored research agreement.