On November 12th, UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), the Neag School of Education, and the newly created Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH) co-hosted a successful networking event at UConn Storrs. A total of 20 researchers from Neag, other UConn departments/schools, and two other institutions attended the event. The researchers shared their research interests and expertise, as well as what they are looking for in collaborators with respect to research on school and child health. To help support multidisciplinary research in this area, two seed grants of $15,000 each are being offered to fund dual-PI pilot projects that are aligned with CSCH’s mission and their focus on school and child health.
CSCH is the newest multidisciplinary research group at InCHIP and was officially launched in mid-October of this year. CSCH’s mission is to conduct and disseminate innovative, impactful research in school and child health by serving as a central resource to University and external partners engaged in efforts that inform healthy, safe, supporting, and engaging environments for all children. The Collaboratory was created and is co-directed by Sandra Chafouleas, Ph.D. (Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Educational Psychology at the Neag School) and Carol Polifroni, Ed.D. (Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Professor at UConn’s School of Nursing).
In addition to the dual-PI seed grants being offered by InCHIP-Neag School of Education, there are three other dual-PI seed grant opportunities: InCHIP-School of Business, InCHIP-School of Dental Medicine, and InCHIP-Psychiatry.
On November 5th, UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) and School of Dental Medicine hosted a faculty networking event at the Wood-n-Tap restaurant in Hartford for researchers from both groups to meet and discuss their research interests, areas of expertise, and ideas for collaborative research that combines InCHIP’s expertise in health behavior change and the School of Dental Medicine’s knowledge in and efforts to improve oral hygiene behaviors and prevent oral health-related diseases across a variety of demographics. To facilitate collaboration between the two organizations, two Dual-PI Seed Grants in Dental Health and Health Behavior are being offered to pairs of Principal Investigators comprised of one InCHIP and one School of Dental Medicine faculty member. The two grants of $25,000 each are co-sponsored by InCHIP and the School of Dental Medicine and will be awarded to fund Dual-PI project proposals.
The networking event hosted 30 attendees and was headlined by InCHIP Lecture Series speaker Melissa Riddle, Ph.D., Chief of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Branch of Extramural Research at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Riddle spoke about NIDCR’s interest in multilevel interventions and research that focuses on maximizing delivery of dental care using community health workers, bringing care to non-specialty settings, standardizing care within existing dental networks, and adapting approaches that have been successful in other health-related fields. Rajesh Lalla, DDS, Ph.D. (Interim Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Oral Medicine at UConn’s School of Dental Medicine), Jeffrey Fisher, Ph.D. (Director of InCHIP), and Deborah Cornman, Ph.D. (Associate Director of InCHIP) made opening remarks. Informal networking followed brief faculty presentations on their research interests and ideas for collaboration.
On October 30th, UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) and School of Business hosted a dual faculty networking event for researchers from both schools to meet and discuss their research interests, areas of expertise, and interest in collaborators. Collaboration between the schools will be key for interested pairs of Primary Investigators (PIs), comprised of one InCHIP and one School of Business faculty member, to obtain one of two Dual-PI Seed Grants in Business and Health Behavior. The two grants of $25,000 each were co-sponsored by InCHIP and the School of Business and will be awarded to fund Dual-PI project proposals. Seed grants are a helpful tool for investigators examining preliminary interventions, and results from past seed grants have served as evidence of efficacy and feasibility for PIs who have then gone on to obtain external funding from federal or foundation sources. The faculty networking event boasted nearly 40 attendees, nearly half of whom gave a brief presentation of their research interests following opening remarks from John Elliott, Dean of the School of Business, Jeffrey Fisher, Director of InCHIP, and Deborah Cornman, Associate Director of InCHIP. Food and drink were provided and networking followed the presentations.