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Cooperative Pilot Research Grant Fund

A major initiative undertaken by the Center is the development and support of vaccine-related research and development projects via a Cooperative Pilot Research Grant Fund in partnership with the RC/EEP-funded South Louisiana Institute for Infectious Disease Research (SLIIDR).

This initiative is intended to foster the development of novel local multidisciplinary and collaborative research projects in the fields of infectious disease, immunity and/or vaccine development.

This addresses our goals that include the generation of new project and collaborative program applications funded extramurally, and discoveries with potential for clinical application and/or commercial development. Applications from new investigators and those from established investigators that propose new research directions were encouraged.

A Request for Proposals was circulated to all Faculty working in relevant Departments and Centers at LSUHSC, Tulane HSC and Xavier in April 2008.

Following peer reviews, ten of these grant applications were awarded in July 2008. Successful projects will be funded up to $75K/year for 2 years. These awards will foster the development of collaborative projects by new investigators and will also allow established investigators to explore new research directions.

Proposal Title “Burden of Disease and Etiology of Arbovirus Infections in Guinea, West Africa”
Principal Investigator Daniel G Bausch, M.D., MPH & TM
Co-Investigators Christopher N. Mores, SM ScD
Institution TUHSC
Proposal Title “Natural History of Oral HPV Infections in HIV+ individuals”
Principal Investigator Michael Hagensee, M.D., Ph.D.
Sub-Investigators Janet Leigh, B.D.S., D.M.D & Jeevan Yenugenti, D.D.S.
Institution LSUHSC
Proposal Title “Correlates of Immune Protection against Tuberculosis in BCG Vaccinated Nonhuman Primates”
Principal Investigator Deepak Kaushal, Ph.D.
Co-Investigators Andrew Lackner,DVM, Ph.D., ; James Blanchard,DVM, Ph.D., ; Peter Didier,DVM, Ph.D.; and Bapi Pahar,Ph.D.
Institution TUHSC
Proposal Title “HIV ENV Epitope Engineering”
Principal Investigator Samuel J. Landry, Ph.D.
Institution TUHSC
Proposal Title “A Novel Approach to HIV Vaccine Development: Spontaneously Derived L-2 Defective Particles with 8 Essential Mutants”
Principal Investigator Ronald Luftig, Ph.D.
Co-Investigators Angela Amedee, Ph.D. & Qiu Zhong, M.D., Ph.D.
Institution LSUHSC
Proposal Title “The role of small non-coding RNAs in controlling Mycoplasma genitalium virulence factors”
Principal Investigator Liang Ma, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Investigators Oliver Wessely, Ph.D.
Institution LSUHSC
Proposal Title “Characterization and Evaluation of Novel Subunit Vaccines Against B. pseudomallei”
Principal Investigator Lisa Morici, Ph.D.
Co-Investigators Dr. Lucy Freytag, Dr. Chad Roy, and Dr. Pam Kozlowski
Institution TUHSC
Proposal Title “Fecal Microbiota in Infants with and Without Necrotizing Enterocolitis”
Principal Investigator Uma Pisharody, M.D.
Co-Investigators Michael Ferris, Ph.D. & Duna Penn, M.D., MS
Institution LSUHSC
Proposal Title “Cellular Envelope Homeostasis Of Chlamydia Trachomatis”
Principal Investigator Li Shen, M.D., Ph.D.& Alison J Quayle, Ph.D.
Institution LSUHSC
Proposal Title “Pneumocystis Colonization, Inflammation and Frailty”
Principal Investigator David A Welsh, M.D. & Judd E Shellito, M.D.
Co-Investigators Marco Ruiz, M.D.; Stephanie Broyles, Ph.D.; Michael Jazwinski, Ph.D.; Kyle Happel, M.D.; Kurt Varner, M.D.; and Salman Arain, M.D.
Institution LSUHSC