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Mayo Clinic ASU 2020 seed grant projects announced

Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University (ASU) announce 2020 seed funding to new interdisciplinary and translational joint research projects.

This funding has been provided since 2005. Launching novel research on a small scale has led to researchers attracting funding for larger studies that may make a significant impact in their fields and improve patient care. The projects draw on the strengths of each institution, with each time including a researcher from Mayo Clinic and one from ASU.

The 2020 seed grant projects and their lead investigators are:

Eseban Braggio, Ph.D. (BIOC '10), Research, Mayo Clinic in Arizona

“Unraveling the Landscape of Viruses (Known and Novel) and Determining the Virus-Tumor Associations in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Patients”

Arvind Varsani, Ph.D., ASU School of Life Sciences

Dean Wingerchuk, M.D. (I1 '94, N '97, NIMM '98), chair, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic in Arizona

“Robotic Characterization of Multidimensional Ankle Mechanics in Multiple Sclerosis Patients”

Hyunglae Lee, Ph.D., ASU School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Leslie Baxter, Ph.D. (PSI '18), Department of Psychiatry & Psychology, Mayo Clinic in Arizona

“Presurgical Mapping for Cognitive Expertise Using MRI”

Samuel McClure, Ph.D., ASU Department of Psychology

Lori Rhudy, Ph.D., Nursing Research, Mayo Clinic in Rochester

“Adapting a Smartphone-Delivered Self-Management Program and Behavioral Intervention for Positive Airway Pressure Therapy”

Megan Petrov, Ph.D., ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

“Leveraging Geochemical Processes to Combat Drug-Resistant Bacteria”

Lynda Williams, Ph.D., ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration

Jan Stepanek, M.D., Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Arizona

“VR SCENT: VR Smell Composition Engine to Assess Neurological Trauma”

Brian Smith, Ph.D., ASU School of Life Sciences

Marion Curtis, Ph.D. (IMM '18), Research, Mayo Clinic in Arizona

“Metabolic Reprogramming of Antigen-Specific T Cells for Ovarian Cancer Immunotherapy”

Abhinav Acharya, Ph.D., ASU School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy

Ping Yang, M.D., Ph.D. (HSR '96), Department of Health Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic in Arizona

“Characterizing Leading Risk Factors Contributing to the Racial Disparity of Gallbladder Cancer Incidence Rate”

Valentin Dinu, Ph.D., ASU College of Health Solutions

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