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OU-COM faculty increases federal research funds

College researchers awarded five grants from national agencies

By Matt Bates

September 18, 2009

As the stumbling economy threatens government funding, the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) faculty have actually increased their federal funding. Just since July 1, national science and health agencies have awarded six new grants, totaling nearly $1,000,000, to fuel OU-COM faculty research projects. 

Recipients include:

  • Karen Coschigano, Ph.D., and Ramiro Malgor, M.D., both assistant professors of biomedical sciences

$16,101, National Institute of Health (NIH)

“Cross-talk between growth hormone and inflammation pathways in kidney damage”

  • Timothy Heckman, Ph.D., professor of geriatric medicine

$371,573, NIH

“Telephone-delivered coping improvement intervention for HIV-infected older adults”

  • John Kopchick, Ph.D.

$22,125, NIH

“Mechanisms of prostate cancer prevention by down-regulation of the GH/IGF axis”

  • Yang Li, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical sciences

$221,250, NIH

“Elevated zinc in ischemia and reperfusion”

  • Nancy Stevens, Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences

$180,000, National Science Foundation (NSF)

“Early career: Acquisition of paleobiological specimen preparation and imaging facility”

  • Larry Witmer, Ph.D., professor of biomedical sciences

$180,000, NSF

“Brain evolution in Archosaurs: New implications for scaling, function, and the evolution of the modern conditions in birds and crocodilians” 

The grants awarded to Stevens and to the team of Coschigano and Malgor both were part of the recently created American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), signed into law by President Obama earlier this year. These grants are part of more than $5,000,000 ARRA funds awarded to Ohio University faculty members since February.

“We’re very proud of our faculty dedication to research,” said Christine Knisely, director of the Office of Research and Grants at OU-COM. She explained that, although this stimulus act funnels more money toward research, it also has raised the number of grant applicants, making the funds more competitive.

Knisely attributes OU-COM researchers’ success to two factors: increased research productivity among faculty members and their growing familiarity with the grant proposal process. (All five recipients have applied for and won federal grants in the past.)

Faculty members are submitting more proposals than before, especially during the past fiscal year. In 2009, OU-COM researchers submitted 81 research grants, requesting $32,800,000, up from 68 proposals requesting $11,110,000 last year.

Among the proposals submitted this year, 66 percent were sent to federal agencies like the NSF and NIH. Currently, OU-COM faculty members have 45 proposals still under consideration for government funding.

 
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