Research Grant Alumni

Darren Wallace, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center

Mechanisms of early cyst formation in a novel porcine model of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD)

Nexus of Animal and Human Health Grant

Donna Young, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County

Food Rx + CHW: Investigating the Role of a CHW to Close the Food Insecurity Gap in Chronic Disease

Transforming KC Health Research Grant

Gerald Wyckoff, PhD, University of Missouri - Kansas City

Using One Health Data for Drug Discovery and Re-Purposing

Nexus of Animal and Human Health Research Grant

Kenneth Peterson, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center

Alteration of O-GlcNAc Target Transcription Factors for Activation of Fetal Hemoglobin

Patton Trust Research Development Grant

Laurel Willig, MD, Children's Mercy

Renal Specific Cell Free DNA Changes in Congenital Anomalies of the Kidney and Urinary Tract

Patton Trust Research Development Grant

Steven LeVine, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center

Substrate Reduction Therapy for Krabbe’s Disease

Patton Trust Research Development Grant

Bret Ulery, PhD, University of Missouri

Poly(amino acid) Amphiphile Nanoparticles for Improved Hematological Cancer Treatment

Nexus of Animal and Human Health Grant

Bridgette Jones, MD, Children’s Mercy

The Impact of Individualized Home Environmental Intervention on Severe Asthma

Blue KC

David Robbins, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center

mHealth Insulin Titration and Management

Blue KC

Eyad Al-Hihi, MD, MBA, FACP, PCMH, CCE, University of Kansas Medical Center

Increasing Appropriate Management of Non-specific Low Back Pain

Blue KC

Hiroshi Nishimune, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center

Establishing a Novel Mouse Model of an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Patton Trust Research Development Grant

Irfan Saadi, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center

Establishing a Novel Mouse Model of an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Paul Patton Trust, Ted C. McCarter, William Evans, Jr., and Bank of America, N.A. Trustee

Laird Forrest, PhD, University of Kansas

Development of Cancer Vaccines Using Dogs as a Translational Model

Nexus of Animal and Human Health Grant

Sean Riordan, PhD, Children’s Mercy

Protective and susceptibility factors – brain responses to abnormally high Bilirubin levels in Jaundice

Patton Trust Research Development Grant

Venkatesh Sampath, MBBS, Children’s Mercy

Role of Specific Receptor Mutations in a life-threatening inflammatory bowel disease in Premature Infants

Patton Trust Research Development Grant

Yan-Jang Huang, PhD, Kansas State University

Assess the Efficacy of Therapeutic Antibodies in a Swine-Based Model

Nexus of Animal and Human Health Grant

Abdulbaki Agbas, PhD, Kansas City University
Baseline Platelet Mitochondrial Respiration Rate in Diabetic Patients with Neuropathy (C2C)
Guangfu Li, PhD, University of Missouri

Mechanistic Insight into the Sunitinib-RFA in the Treatment of Hepatocellular Cancer (C2C)

Jeffrey Colvin,MD, Children’s Mercy
Optimizing Value and Cost-Effectiveness within Clinics for Children with Special Health Care Needs (Blue-KC)
Jennifer Goldman, MD, Children’s Mercy
Clinical Impact of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) on High Risk Pediatric Patients (Blue-KC)
Kathryn Reif, PhD, Kansas State University
Assay development and validation for intraerythrocytic pathogen drug screening (Nexus)
Majid Jaberi-Douraki, PhD, Kansas State University
1Data: Creating a simulation environment for human and animal health data (Nexus)
Monique Lorson, PhD, University of Missouri
A Large Animal model of IGHMBP2: Understanding Disease Development (Patton)
Nathan Skelley, MD, University of Missouri
Biomechanically Mimetic 3-D Printed Hydrogels for Articular Cartilage Replacement (Nexus)
Richard Todd, PhD, Kansas State University
Linking Regulation of Primary and Secondary Metabolism in Fungi for Improved Animal and Human Health (Nexus)
Sarah Soden, MD, Children’s Mercy
Pediatric Narcolepsy: Genetic Determinants and Treatment Implications (Patton)
Steven Simpson, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center
Sepsis Predictive Modeling Learned from Information Security (Blue-KC)
Tarak Srivastava, MD, Children’s Mercy
MicroRNA-mediated epigenetic modifications during kidney development following increased pro-inflammatory lnterleukin-6 associated with maternal obesity (Patton)
Wendy Picking, PhD, University of Kansas

Development of a combination vaccine targeting three major enteric pathogens

Nexus and of Animal and Human Health Grants

Carl Gelhaus, PhD, MRIGlobal
“Zika Virus Infection in Pregnant Mice”
Cy Nadler, PhD, Children’s Mercy
“Linking Autism Screening in Primary Care to Long Term Health Outcome”
Cynthia Russell, RN, FAAN, PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City
“A Pilot RCT for Medication Adherence in Older Kidney Transplant Patients”
Jeffrey Gorski, PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City
“Environmental Teratogens and Spinal Birth Defects”
Kathy Newell, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“UBQLN2 Mutations in a Pediatric Neurodegenerative Disorder”
Michael Nassif, MD, Saint Luke’s Hospital
“The Creation and Validation of a Smart Phone Based Heart Failure Registry”
Russell McCulloh, MD, Children’s Mercy
“Reducing Variability in Infant Sepsis Evaluation (REVISE)”
Ubolrat Piamjariyakul, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Coaching on End-of-Life Heart Failure Care with Caucasians and African Americans”
Crystal Burkhardt, PharmD, MBA, University of Kansas
“Developing and Piloting a Model for Improving Geriatric Chronic Care Management Outcomes”
Cynthia Russell, RN, FAAN, PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City
“A Pilot RCT for Medication Adherence in Older Kidney Transplant Patients”
Lesa Beamer, PhD, University of Missouri
“Characterization of Mutant Enzymes in Human Phosphoglucomutase 1 Deficiency”
Lisa Vansaghi, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Remote Delivery of Weight Management by Phone and Social Media”
Rafia Rasu, BPharm, MPharm, MBA, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Outcomes, Cost-Effectiveness and the Quality of Care Among Patients Who Had In-Patient Falls: Identifying Ways to Improve Patient Safety and Reduce Health Care Expenditures”
Russell McCulloh, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospital
“Remote Delivery of Weight Management by Phone and Social Media”
Russell McCulloh, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospital
“Use of Multiplexed Proteomic Assays for Diagnosis of Pediatric Genetic Diseases”
Steven LeVine, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“AAV Gene Therapy for Krabbe Disease”
Jay Portnoy, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Pediatric Ashma Care by Telemedicine is Effective, Beneficial and Economical”
Marcia Chan, PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Influence of genetic variant on the total immune response in childhood allergic asthma”
Peter Smith, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Creation and characterization of a mouse model of a GEMIN5 developmental disorder”
Robert R. Riss, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Determining Optimal Handoff Protocols for the Transition of Patient Care”
Steven Q. Simpson, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Reducing Severe Sepsis Through Performance Improvement”
Toshihiko Ezashi, DVM, PhD, University of Missouri
“Cellular reprogramming to study disorders of intellectual disability and neurodevelopment”
Ubolrat Piamjariyakul, PhD, BSN, MSC, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Reduce Heart Failure Rehospitalization in African-Americans with Family Home Care”
Zohreh Talebizadah, PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Analysis of Circadian Genes in Autism”
Brenda Rongish, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“scaRNAs regulate mRNA splicing and vertebrate heart development ”
Charlotte Phillips, PhD, University of Missouri
“Preclinical Analysis of Novel Therapeutic Agents to Enhance Bone Strength in Osteogenisis Imperfecta”
Dongsheng Duan, PhD, University of Missouri
“Engineer the 3rd generation AAV micro-dystrophin vector for DMD gene therapy”
Holly Hull, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Preventing excessive gestational weight gain using novel methods”
Joy Bartholomew, MSN, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Resource Utilization Comparison of Methotrexate Administration Inpatient Versus Outpatient”
Melissa Miller, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“A Novel Computerized Decision Support System to Increase Access to Sexual Health Services for Adolescents: A Study in the Emergency Department”
Brian K. Petroff, DVM, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Testing a Novel Benefit to Children from Altered Maternal Estrogen Signaling”
Edward Ellerbeck, MD, MPH, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Empowering Latinos to control diabetes”
Prateek Sharma, MD, Midwest Biomedical Research Foundation
“Prospective evaluation of the efficacy, tolerance and safety of ultrathin portable transnasal esophagoscopy compared to standard sedated upper endoscopy”
Stephen F. Kingsmore, MB, ChB, BAO, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Discovery and validation of novel Mendelian disease genes for childhood diseases”
Timothy A. Fields, MD, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Renal Macrophages in Athogensis of Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD): Recruitment and Disease-Promoting Effects”
Christopher Fischer, PhD, University of Kansas
“Regulation of the ATP-dependant nucleosome repositioning activity of S. cerebisiae RSC“
Gary Steven Johnson, DVM, PhD, University of Missouri
“A Novel Canine Model for Early-onset Recessive Cerebellar Ataxia (RCA)”
Philine A. Wangemann, PhD, Kansas State University
“Genetic Diseases of Inner Ear Development -Mouse Models for Deafness in Children“
Robert A. White, PhD, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
“Identification of a Novel Gene Causing Pediatric Hereditary Spherocytosis“
Annette Sobel, MD, MS, University of Missouri
“A Real-Time Decision-Making Tool to Mitigate Effects of Public Health Emergencies”
David Beversdorf, PhD, University of Missouri
“Interaction Between Genetics and Prenatal Stress on Rodent Social Behavior”
Jeff Gorski, PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City
“SKI-1 Deficiency Causes Paralysis at Birth”
Mark Clements, MD, PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Quantitative Proteomic Analysis of Intravascular Oxidative Stress in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: Effects of Glycemic”
Susan Abdel-Rahman, PharmD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Using Genetic Predictors of Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia to Transform the Care of Newborns”
Xue-Wen Chen, PhD, University of Kansas
“The Genetic Basis of Autism Disorder”
Bryan K. Smith, PhD, University of Kansas
“Palatability and Acute Glycemic and Satiety Responses to Tortillas containing Blends of Bean (pulse – legume), Opuntia sp. (Nopal) and Corn Flour”
David Westwood, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Drug Reformulation Project Grant”
Douglas Bittel, PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Comprehensive Genomic and Epigenetic Analysis of Idiopathic Congenital Heart Disease”
Kimberly Selting, DVM, MS, University of Missouri
“Dose Escalation Safety Study of Nanotax® in Dogs”
Mark T. Fisher, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Refolding of Hookworm Vaccine for Mass Production”
Rojer A. Rajewski, PhD, University of Kansas
“Multi-use Buprehnorphine (6mg/20ml), Formulation Development”
Zohreh Talebizadeh, PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
“Autism Genetic Database and its Application: Bioinformatics Approach for Understanding Molecular Genetics of Autism”
Jeffrey Burns, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Insulin and Brain Atrophy in Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia”
Joel Schwartz PhD, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
“Micro-chip based analysis for catecholamines”
Carey Johnson, PhD, University of Kansas
“Cell-Based Micro-Chip Diagnostics of Calmodulin Binding Proteins”
Carol Reinero, DVM, DACVIM, PhD, University of Missouri
“Anti-Inflammatory effects of feG-COOH in a feline model of allergic asthma”
Darryl L. Quarles, MD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Cilia-PKD1/PKD2 Complex: A Novel Mechanosensor in Bone”
David Albertini, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Influence of endocrine disruptors on the genesis of embryonic stem cells in rats”
David Anderson, DVM, MS, DACVS, Kansas State University
“Osseointeraction of a Novel Polymeric Matrix-Antiobiotic-BMP-2 Composite”
Dolores Takemoto, PhD, Kansas State University
“Control of Gap Junctions as a Neuro-protetive Therapy”
Elias Michaelis, MD, PhD, University of Kansas
“MRI/MRS of Alcohol, Mitochondria and Oxidative Stress in Huperglutamatergic Mice”
John A. Stanford, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Neuroprotective effects of a novel HSP90 inhibitor in a rodent model of ALS”
Robert White, PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics
“Transgene Therapy for Cardiomyopathy in DMD Mouse Model”
Asma Zaidi, PhD, University of Kansas
“Age-dependent changes in the cardiac plasma membrane Ca2+ATPase”
Hong-Wen Deng, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“Powerful and robust test of TNF-a gene with obesity, a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease”
James Lillich, PhD, Kansas State University
“In vitro & ex vivo assessment of a novel lipopolysaccaride binding pharmacophore”
Joan McDowd, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Measuring Executive Function in Aging and Age-related Neurological Diseases”
Juan Bruses, MD, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Role of N-cadherin in neuronal and symaptic patterning”
Mark Johnson, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“Tissue Protein Profiling to Identify Genes Underlying Aortic Valve Calcification”
Mark Weiss, PhD, Kansas State University
“Transgenic rats created via rat embryonic stem cell technology”
Michael Johnson, PhD, University of Kansas
“Striatal Dopamine Release in Fragile X Syndrome”
Nancy Hammond, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Comparison of Bone Effects with Copaxone and Interferon in Multiple Sclerosis”
Sarah Kieweg, PhD, University of Kansas
“Measuring vaginal tissue mechanics in vivo to optimize anti-HIV drug delivery”
Sushanta Banerjee, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Role of WISP2/CCN5 in a Breast Cancer Mouse Model”
Yu-Ping Wang, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“Computation Imaging, Integrated Molecular Karyotyping, Gene Expression Analysis”
Gerald Wyckoff, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“A Bioinformatics approach for identifying of cross-linked fragments via Mass Spectrometry”
Karen Kover, PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
“Gene Expression in Type 1 and 2 Diabetes”
Pitchumani Sivakumar, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“Dynamic Computational Imaging of Assembly of Collagen in Living Osteoblasts, and its Interaction with Fibronectin”
Rolf Jakobi, PhD, Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
“Evaluation of a pro-apoptotic activity of caspase-activated PAK-2p34 using a transgenic approach”
Bruce Kimler, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Improved Software for Assessment of Breast Density”
Dennis Peffley, PhD, University of Health Sciences
“Food and Physical Activity Choices and Preferences in People with Mental Retardation: An Investigation”
Jerry Feng, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“The Roles of Dmp-1 in the Postnatal Skeletal Development”
Kolawole Okuyemi, MD, MPH, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Cigarette Craving in African Americans and Whites: An fMRI Study
Lynda F. Bonewald, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“Identification of Osteocyte Specific Antigens”
Matthew Buechner, PhD, University of Kansas
“Molecular Genetics of the Hepatocystin Homologue of C.elegans”
Mehmet Bilgen, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“The Role of Anginogenesis in Recovery from Spinal Cord Injury”
William C. Putnam, PhD, Midwest Research Institute
“Catalytic Antibodies as a Potential Therapeutic Treatment for HIV”
William Morgan, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“Oxidized LDL Effects on Human Aortic Smooth Muscle Cells”
Brian K. Petroff, DVM, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Toxicogenomic Profile of Dioxin in the Aging Female Rat”
Charles W. VanWay, III, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“Therapy to Improve Survival in Exp’tl Hemorrhagic Shock”
Douglas C. Bittel, PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
“The Role of GABA Receptors in Prader-Willi Syndrome”
George S. Wilson, PhD, University of Kansas
“Correlation of Histone Acetylation and Gene Expression”
Margaret Greene Petroff, BS, MS, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center
“Alteration of Proinflammatory Genes in Preeclampsia”
Peter Rogan, PhD, Children’s Mercy Hospital & Clinics
“Automated Flourescence in Situ Hybridization (scFISH)”
Sarah L. Dallas, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“Interactions between bone metastatic breast cancer cells and the bone microenvironment.”
Stephen E. Harris, PhD, University of Missouri – Kansas City
“Cranial Neural Crest Biology: Transgenic Models”