Five MedStar Health Researchers Awarded Funding through Associate Giving Campaign

Hyattsville, MD—MedStar Health Research Institute has awarded five early-career investigators designated grant funding through the New Investigator ‐ Associate Giving Grant Fund. This fund is supported through designated funds contributed by the associates of MedStar Health during the associate giving philanthropy campaign.

“MedStar Health is committed to growing as an academic health system,” said Neil Weissman, MD, chief scientific officer for MedStar Health and president of MedStar Health Research Institute. “Early-career funding can have a lasting impact on both researchers and the patients we care for by changing the way we treat them. Our ability to support this work is through the commitment of our associates to help us reach our vision of advancing health for our community.”

Associate gifts designated for research during the 2018 MedStar Health Associate Giving Campaign, the Power to Heal, were used to support the work of new investigators through the New Investigator—Associate Giving Grant Fund. These grants are awarded to new MedStar Health investigators who have joined MedStar Health in the previous five years, with the goal of supporting research focused on advancing health for patients in the communities we serve. This initial funding can have the potential to lead to external grant funding for their research.

The following five physician-investigators have been awarded funding for their research.

  • Ankit B. Shah, MD, MPH, FACC (MedStar Sports & Performance Cardiology Program)
    “Atrial size, function and fitness level among endurance runners with known paroxysmal atrial
    fibrillation”
  • Leila Shobab, MD, FRCPC (MedStar Washington Hospital Center)
    “Sex-Specific Immune Landscape of Differentiated Thyroid Cancer”
  • Pashna M. Munshi, MD (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center)
    “We're in This Together: Health-Related Quality of Life, Self Preparedness, and Caregiver Burden in Patient/Primary Caregiver Dyads in the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Setting”
  • Shashwati Geed, PT PhD (MedStar National Rehabilitation Medicine)
    “Identifying a signal for critical period plasticity: Function of PV+ interneurons post stroke”
  • Yasar Torres-Yaghi, MD (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital)
    “MicroRNA in Neurodegenerative Diseases: Parkinson Disease, Lewy Body Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease”

Thank you to all associates who contributed to the 2018 Power to Heal Campaign. In 2018, over 3,200 associates, physicians, and board members across the MedStar Health system chose to participate in philanthropy.  Please consider making a gift online to support MedStar Health Research Institute and our new investigators. Select “MedStar Health Research Institute” from the drop-down menu to direct your gift to this fund.

 


About MedStar Health Research Institute
The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. Visit us at www.MedStarResearch.org

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation, and research. MedStar’s 31,000 associates, 6,500 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care, and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit www.MedStarHealth.org.






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MedStar Health Research Institute Awarded Research Grant from the U.S. Department of Defense

Hyattsville, MD — Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH, has been awarded a contract through the U.S. Department of Defense - Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs to conduct focused research for patients who are living with spinal cord injuries and neurogenic bladder.

Suzanne Groah, MD, MSPH

“Urinary tract infections are the most common outpatient infection world-wide, and for people with spinal cord injuries, it is the most common infection, cause for emergency room visits, and infectious cause of hospitalization,” said Dr. Groah. “Attempts to reduce urinary tract infections among people with spinal cord injuries are stymied by long-standing diagnostic challenges which arise from evidence gaps around ‘gold standard’ diagnostic tests (urinalysis and urine culture) that have lower sensitivity and specificity for urinary tract infections in people with spinal cord injuries.”

The study has three objectives. The first is to define and differentiate what constitutes “normal” urine versus clinically meaningful change from normal with respect to urinary symptoms, urine inflammation, and the urinary tract’s microbial ecosystem. This will help to advance the diagnosis of urinary tract infection among this population. Secondly, the researchers will conduct a pilot clinical trial of intravesical LactobacillusGG®, the goal of which is to reduce urinary symptoms and potentially prevent urinary tract infection. The third objective is to develop and validate a computational model incorporating urinary signs, symptoms, and urinary ecosystem data to advance the understanding of the complex interactions between the bacteria that cause (and do not cause) urinary tract infections and the individual, with the ultimate goal of informing diagnostics, self-management, and research.

“This work specifically targets people with SCI who use indwelling catheters due to neurogenic bladder,” said Dr. Groah. “These individuals will potentially be helped by having an easily accessible method to reduce, through self-management, frequent and burdensome urinary symptoms, reducing the occurrence of UTI and ultimately, antimicrobial resistance due to overuse of antimicrobials.”

Dr. Groah is the Chief of the Spinal Cord Injury program and Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University.

The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, 820 Chandler Street, Fort Detrick MD 21702-5014 is the awarding and administering acquisition office. This work was supported by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs endorsed by the Department of Defense), through the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, Translational Research Award under Award No. W81XWH1910541. Opinions, interpretations, conclusions and recommendations are those of the author and are not necessarily endorsed by the Department of Defense.

 


About MedStar Health Research Institute
The MedStar Health Research Institute is the research arm of MedStar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region. MHRI provides scientific, administrative and regulatory support for research programs throughout the MedStar Health system. MHRI’s expertise includes translational research into disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. These programs complement the key clinical services and teaching programs in the 10 MedStar hospitals and other MedStar entities. Visit us at www.MedStarResearch.org

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation, and research. MedStar’s 31,000 associates, 6,500 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care, and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit www.MedStarHealth.org.

 






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Pennsylvania’s Patient Safety Authority Selects MedStar Health Research Institute to Improve Patient Safety through Innovative Machine Learning

MedStar Health Research Institute has been awarded a contract from Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Authority for a multi-year project analyzing the largest patient safety database in the country. Led by principal investigator Raj Ratwani, PhD, the collaborative team from the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare will use innovative machine learning algorithms to quickly identify areas where improvements can be applied to shape the future of safe and effective patient care. Pennsylvania is the only state in the U.S. that requires healthcare facilities to report events that could potentially cause harm to patients, as well as events that have been shown to cause harm. Read more.

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Dr. Weissman Recognized with 2019 Mentorship Award from ASE

Neil J. Weissman, MD, FASE, president of MedStar Health Research Institute and chief scientific officer for MedStar Health, was awarded the 2019 Mentorship Award from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE). This award recognizes a senior physician who has demonstrated exceptional mentorship within ASE. Read More >>

Collaborative Research Compares Lacross Injury Incidence in a National Study

Andrew Lincoln, ScD, Director of the Sports Medicine Research Center for MedStar Health Research Institute collaborated with other researchers in the first study to compare lacrosse injury incidence across 3 levels of play. “We’ve had all of these at different places, but we’ve never really looked at them together in national samples at the youth level, the high school level and the collegiate level,” Lincoln said. Read more.

MedStar Investigator Examines the Disparity in Safety Event Reporting by Race

Angela D. Thomas, DrPH, Assistant Vice President, Healthcare Delivery Research at MedStar Health Research Institute and other researchers evaluated reasons for race differences in adverse event reporting. "Every organization that wants to keep patients safe should be asking questions and measuring whether safety events are happening disproportionately to some groups versus others," Thomas said. Read more.

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MedStar Research on EHR Safety Cited in Fortune Magazine

Raj Ratwani, PhD, Center Director & Scientific Director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare has made tremendous development in researching EHR safety and usability. The illustrious Fortune Magazine highlighted these efforts in an article titled “Death by a Thousand Clicks: Where Electronic Health Records Went Wrong”. Congratulations to Dr. Ratwani and his team for being recognized! Read more.

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MedStar Investigator Presents at the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session

Frederico M. Asch, MD presented analysis from his late breaking clinical trial, COAPT. The echocardiography characteristics of the COAPT population, strengthens the need to identify a consistent baseline for enrolling patients in an effort to replicate similar results when used in clinical practice. “…clearly the fact that the results were so different, the outcomes were so different, makes it extremely important that we understand who exactly was enrolled in COAPT,” Asch said. Learn more

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