PDC Awards ENABLE Research Grants

Duke’s Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC) recently awarded 11 PDC members from six clinical departments ENhanced Academics in a Basic Laboratory Environment (ENABLE) grants in effort to heighten faculty research. Congratulations to Duke Anesthesiology faculty members, Drs. Miles Berger, Kamrouz Ghadimi and Quintin Quinones, for being named grant recipients. According to Dr. Mark Newman, the president of the PDC, ENABLE provides clinical faculty the opportunity to work with faculty from across Duke’s School of Medicine and the School of Engineering to “make discoveries that are translated into practice” and to “conduct research that leads to real world answers.” The ENABLE program provides up to two years of salary support to PDC members to dedicate a portion of their effort to working closely with a primary research team.

2016 ENABLE Research Grant Recipients Include:

Ali, Hakim (Medicine): Profiling complement mediators of donor-specific antibody related tissue injury to diagnose and predict antibody-mediated rejection in lung transplant recipients

Berger, Miles (Anesthesiology): Understanding mechanisms of postoperative cognitive dysfunction and delirium and determining if these disorders are associated with increased long term risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Clark, Jeffrey (Medicine): Institutional collaboration to develop novel therapeutic strategies targeting TGFb in human malignancies

Francis, Samuel (Surgery): A novel platelet biomarker for detection of acute arterial and venous thrombosis in emergency department patients

Garrigues, Grant (Orthopaedic Surgery): Shoulder kinematics and cartilage contact in vivo, in states of health, disease, and after treatment

Ghadimi, Kamrouz (Anesthesiology): Role of sirtuins in platelet aging and perioperative thrombocytopenia after mechanical circulatory support

Hartsell, Fletcher (Neurology): Using machine learning analytics, we hope to gain insights that will help optimize symptom management, inform selection of disease modifiers, and even predict relapses

Kimmick, Gretchen (Medicine): Harnessing the power of light to see and treat breast cancer

Lad, Shivanand (Neurosurgery): Validation of a novel therapeutic approach for crytococcal meningitis

Mettu, Niharika (Medicine):  Test the hypothesis that the intratumoral delivery of oncolytic poliovirus immunotherapy will be a safe and feasible approach that may improve the clinical outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer

Quinones, Quintin (Anesthesiology): Organ protective mechanisms invoked in Mammalian Hibernation: The role of innate immunity

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