New funds for pilot work on cardiovascular health and breast cancer survivors, pharmacists’ promotion of colorectal cancer screening, and yoga for pediatric cancer patients and parents.
In FY14, CHIP developed an innovative new seed grant competition, the UCHC-UConn Storrs Seed Grant Funding in Cancer Control. The goal of this competition is to foster cancer control health behavior research collaborations across campuses and disciplines by providing funding for seed grants to be awarded to dual PI teams of researchers from the Storrs and UConn Health campuses. The ultimate aim of this initiative is to fund pilot work that will facilitate the submission of grant proposals to the National Cancer Institute.
CHIP is pleased to announce the three winning projects, which each received awards of $35,000. The awardees represent three new partnerships between investigators in Human Development and Family Studies and Medicine (Endocrinology and Metabolism), Pharmacy Practice and Medicine (Gastroenterology), and Psychology and Pediatrics:
“Exercise, Bone and Cardiovascular Health in Breast Cancer Survivors”
- CHIP Affiliate Keith Bellizzi, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
- Pam Taxel, MD, Department of Medicine
“Pharmacist Intervention in Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative (PICCSI)”
- CHIP Affiliate Lisa Holle, Department of Pharmacy Practice
- Joel Levine, Department of Medicine
“Improving Quality of Life for Pediatric Cancer Patients and Parents through Yoga”
- CHIP PI Crystal Park, Department of Psychology
- CHIP Affiliate Andrea Orsey, Department of Pediatrics
We are extremely grateful to all of the applicant teams for their enthusiasm and creativity, the review committee and adjudication committee members for their effort and dedication, and the Vice President for Research and the Dean of the School of Medicine for co-sponsoring the seed grant funds with CHIP.
We wish the three winning teams great success in their new endeavors.