More than $2 million will support College of Medicine projects
Faculty members at Penn State College of Medicine received more than $2 million in funds this fall to continue their work investigating novel cancer treatments, outcomes for adopted children and treatment of neurological disorders.
Cyclin E-dependent metabolic vulnerabilities in ovarian cancer
Investigator: Katherine Aird, PhD, assistant professor of cellular and molecular physiology
Grant amount: $780,000
Awarded by: American Cancer Society
Goal: This study will build upon recent findings and seeks to understand why approximately 20 percent of ovarian cancer patients are resistant to U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved therapies known as poly adenosine diphosphate ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors.
Aird and members of her lab will study the biology of this resistance and use it as a way to sensitize these types of ovarian cancers to PARP inhibitors.
Pennsylvania Adoptees Longitudinal Study (PALS)
Investigator: Brian Allen, PsyD, associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry
Grant amount: $650,262 ($3,083,389 anticipated through August 2024)
Awarded by: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Goal: This study will examine various factors within the home of children adopted from the child welfare system that may impact their future development.
Results will yield clues on how providers may better serve adopted children and their families.
Collaborative research in computational neuroscience: State-dependent control for brain modulation
Investigator: Steven Schiff, MD, PhD, professor of neurosurgery and Brush Chair Professor of Engineering
Grant amount: $347,038 ($1,039,579 anticipated through May 2020)
Awarded by: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
Goal: These funds will support the continued investigation of how electrical activity in the brain is related to disease.
It will build upon prior work that demonstrated it is possible to electrically suppress seizures and spreading depression.
Understanding these mechanisms can better help researchers improve the treatment of conditions, including epilepsy, migraines, traumatic brain injury and stroke.
Novel deployable diagnostic use of 4-aminopyridine for peripheral nerve injury
Investigator: John Elfar, MD, Michael and Myrtle Baker Professor and vice chair for Research in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; professor of public health sciences and neural and behavioral sciences
Grant amount: $521,097
Awarded by: U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command
Goal: These funds will be used to investigate whether 4-aminopyridine, commonly used to treat multiple sclerosis, can be used to help diagnose and treat traumatic peripheral nerve injuries, which are difficult to diagnose in trauma patients by current methods.
- See grant highlights from previous months here.
- See details on grants awarded to the College of Medicine from 2017 to present here.
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