Since 1974, the UW has led the nation’s public universities in competing for federal research and training grants. UW School of Medicine receives more than $530 million per year in research funding—fully half of all grant funding received by the UW. Contributing to that large number are GIM research faculty who submit highly competitive proposals throughout the year. Below is a sampling of recently funded projects led by GIM faculty.

  • Dr. Scott Barnhart, professor, received 5-year award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for “ZAZIC Consortium: Supporting Full HIV/AIDs Epidemic Control in Zimbabwe through Expanded Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC).” The project, which is fully implemented by local Zimbabwean organizations, seeks to circumcise 100,000 men per year for 5 years – a rate that the ZAZIC consortium has already achieved. The funding is for $9.1 million the first year, with an estimated $45–60 million across 5 years.
  • Drs. Jared Klein, assistant professor, and Judith Tsui, associate professor, are Project Directors on a 3-year, $450,000 award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), titled “Provider Clinical Support System – Universities.” This project aims to train medical students and residents to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder.
  • Dr. Joseph Merrill, professor, and Elsa Tamru (Adult Medicine Clinic) lead a multi-disciplinary team at Harborview Medical Center that was awarded $1.5 million over three years by (SAMHSA). This funding will allow expansion of an inpatient Integrated Addiction Medicine Consultation Service at Harborview dedicated to initiating medication for opioid use disorder and linking patients to outpatient services. 
  • Dr. Shubhabrata Mukherjee, research assistant professor, received a five-year Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development award (K25) from the National Institute on Aging for his project “Molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease neuropathological endophenotypes.”
  • Dr. Bruce Psaty, professor, received two recent grants: a competing renewal to provide infrastructure support for the CHARGE (Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology) consortium ($2.3 million in direct costs) and another to evaluate innate and adaptive immune cells as risk factors for heart failure ($2.5 million in direct costs). 
  • Dr. Ellen Schur, associate professor, was awarded funding to renew and continue her project, “A twin study of obesity pathogenesis using fMRI.” This project studies how brain regulation of appetite is altered by genetic and/or environmental risk factors for obesity and how interventions including lifestyle change and bariatric surgery intervene in these neurobiological processes.

Source: DOM Week