College of Medicine investigators start, continue projects through National Institutes of Health funds
Penn State College of Medicine researchers received more than 40 grants in September.
Some investigators received funding from the National Institutes of Health and will study the bone-healing challenges in obese and diabetic patients, stress-related alcohol use disorder and educational strategies for teaching child care providers about child abuse and reporting.
iLookOut for Child Abuse: an innovative learning module for child care providers
Investigator: Benjamin Levi, MD, PhD, professor of humanities and pediatrics
Grant amount: $306,408 ($916,511 anticipated through July 2021)
Awarded by: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Goal: This supplemental funding will be used to enhance a project that is already underway and has received more than $2 million to date that aims to improve the knowledge and attitudes about child abuse and reporting.
The goal is to help students retain and apply what they have learned in the program through micro-learning opportunities on smartphones or email outside of formal instruction settings.
Novel role of beta2-adrenergic receptor signaling in vBNST CRF-mediated stress-induced ethanol intake
Investigator: Yuval Silberman, PhD, assistant professor of neural and behavioral sciences
Grant amount: $31,655 ($95,287 anticipated through August 2020)
Awarded by: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Goal: This project will investigate how stress and alcohol affect the parts of the brain involved with emotional processing.
The goal is to gather evidence to support the development of prevention and treatments for stress-related alcohol use disorder. Specifically, these funds support the predoctoral fellowship of Angela Snyder, a graduate student working on this project.
Regulation of microRNA homeostasis: Implications in bone fracture healing
Investigator: Reyad Elbarbary, PhD, assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation
Grant amount: $383,990 ($1,919,949 anticipated through June 2024)
Awarded by: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Goal: This study seeks to investigate novel molecular mechanisms that regulate bone fracture healing, with a special focus on the impaired healing process that is associated with obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
The aim of the project is to develop new therapeutic approaches to correct the healing defect observed in obese and diabetic patients.
- 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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