Second Cycle of Joint MedStar–Georgetown Partnership Research Grants Announced

On behalf of Dr. Robert Clarke, Dean of Research at Georgetown University Medical Center, and Dr. Neil J. Weissman, president, MedStar Health Research Institute and professor of Medicine, Georgetown University, we are pleased to provide this update on the MedStar-Georgetown Partnership grants.

Georgetown University - MedStar Health Partnership Research Grants have become a demonstration of the importance of clinical research to both organizations. Partnership grants awarded in the first round (February 2013) have already resulted in the creation of new knowledge through new MedStar-Georgetown collaborations. The idea for these intramural grants came directly from our joint Scientific Advisory Board.

We are now pleased to share the results of the second cycle of Partnership grants.

After a peer-review process and a doubling of submissions that developed new cross-campus collaborations, the following four grant proposals were awarded:

The Role of Gabapentin in Concussion

Mark Patrick Burns, PhD
Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, Department of Neurosciences

Marilyn Kraus, MD
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital


Associations of Post-Operative Wound Dehiscence: A Cohort Study Using Pooled Electronic Health Record Date from Explorys

Victoria Shanmugam, MBBS, MRCP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Nawar M. Shara, PhD
Director, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, MedStar Research Health Institute


Identification of Papillomaviruses in Skin Lesions induced by BRAF Inhibitors and in vitro Analysis

Suraj Venna, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Hang Yuan, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology, Georgetown University Medical School


Role of Methylated DNA in Regulation of Treg Cell Activation and Inhibition and its Clinical Application to Allergic and Autoimmune Diseases and Cancer

Milton L. Brown, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center, Center for Drug Discovery

Jason G. Umans, MD, PhD
Scientific Director, Penn Medical Lab, MedStar Health Research Institute

For more information about the Partnership Grants, email Michele Lee Clements at [email protected].

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