Federal and Foundational Funding of Weldon School Research Doubles in Past Year

In an era when government funding for academic research and training is shrinking and thus competition for grants is fierce, the Weldon School has experienced an unprecedented growth in federal and foundational support.

In addition to the successful renewal of our NIH-supported Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) in collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine, new awards this year to single and investigator teams in terms of total dollars are doubled over the same period last year.

“Our increasing successes with large federal grant renewals and new research and training grants reflect an endorsement of our faculty-led research and student training programs that are in addition to applied research support from company partners and translation of technologies to industry,” said George Wodicka, professor and head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. “This is a recognition of our fundamental discovery capabilities that seed our technology development and bring new medical diagnostics and therapeutics to market and thereby improve the quality of life for people around the world.”

Pictured at right: George Wodicka, professor and head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.

Here are listed some of the new awards from government agencies, as well as foundations and nonprofit organizations from the past year. In this research-focused issue, we also feature three of the more recent large awards in related articles.“

New Awards from Federal and State Government Agencies

NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (via Indiana University School of Medicine)

  • Irazoqui, Pedro, “Preclinical Assessment of Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Alcoholism”

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

  • Calve, Sarah, “Imaging the Role of Hyaluronic Acid in Skeletal Muscle Assembly During Murine Forelimb Development”
  • Main, Russell; Voytik-Harbin, Sherry; Nauman, Eric, “A 3D Co-Culture System for Examining Osteocyte-Osteoblast Interactions and Response to Physical Stimuli”
  • Neu, Corey; Nauman, Eric, “Biomechanics of Human Articular Cartilage Measured In Vivo”
  • Panitch, Alyssa; Neu, Corey, “Investigation of Proteoglycan Mimetics as Treatments for Osteoarthritis”
  • Panitch, Alyssa; Liu, Julie; Neu, Corey, “Biomimetic Scaffolds to Promote Stem Cell Differentiation for Cartilage Engineering”

NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

  • Ouyang, Zheng, “Desorption Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging in Clinical Diagnostics”

NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

  • Umulis, David; Rundell, Ann, “Systems Analysis of BMP Regulation in Developing Zebrafish Embryos”

NIH National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

  • Heinz, Michael, “Temporal Effects in Forward Masking, Suppression, and Simultaneous Masking”

NIH National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

  • Panitch, Alyssa; Cheng, Ji-Xin; Harbin, Sherry; Park, Kinam, “Bioengineering Interdisciplinary Training for Diabetes Research”

NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences

  • Ouyang, Zheng, “Development of a Point-of-Care Mass Spectrometry Analysis System”

NIH National Institute of Mental Health

  • Liu, Zhongming; Talavage, Tom, “Multimodal Hyperspectral Imaging of Brain Activity and Connectivity”

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (via The Jackson Laboratory)

  • Irazoqui, Pedro, “Long-term In Vivo Monitoring of Neuromuscular Performance in Mice”

National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program

  • Neu, Corey,  “Direct Measurement of Intranuclear Strain and Gene Expression in Single Cells In Vivo”

National Science Foundation

  • Kim, Tae Yoon, “Collaborative Research: Kinetics of Cytoskeletal Turnover as Determinants of Force Generation and Transmission in Cells”
  • Rickus, Jenna, “High Density Array Biosensors for Spatial Mapping of Cellular Gradients and Flux”

Indiana State Department of Health

  • Shi, Riyi, “Toxic Aldehyde as a Key Mediator of Secondary Injury in Traumatic Brain Injury”

NIH National Cancer Institute

  • Cheng, Ji-Xin, “Quantitative Spectroscopic Imaging of Cancer Metabolites in Live Cells and Intact Tissues”
  • Kong, Nan, “Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Age- and Gender-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening”

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (via Indiana University School of Medicine)

  • Cheng, Ji-Xin, “Micro-Mechanical Role of Hypertension in Intimal Hyperplasia”

USDA Agricultural Research Service

  • Ladisch, Michael, “Food Safety OSQR”


New Awards from Foundations & Nonprofit Organizations

American Hearing Research Foundation

  • Heinz, Michael, “Behavioral Testing for Hidden Hearing Loss in Chinchillas”

American Heart Association

  • Cheng, Ji-Xin, “Assessing Plaque Vulnerability by Spectral Analysis of Optically Induced Sound”
  • Goergen, Craig; Cheng, Ji-Xin, “Photoacoustic Imaging of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms”

General Electric/NFL (via BrainScope)

  • Talavage, Tom, “Acute Concussion Triage Using Portable EEG Assessment Trained with Imaging Biomarkers of Injury”

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  • Cheng, Ji-Xin, “Label-Free Imaging of Membrane Potential Via Stimulated Raman Scattering”

Indiana University School of Medicine

  • Rickus, Jenna, “Multi-Cellular, Multi-Niche 3D Culture Model of Glioblastoma”

Michael J. Fox Foundation

  • Ouyang, Zheng, “Parkinson’s Disease Biomarker Search in Cerebrospinal Fluid by Ambient Mass Spectrometry”

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

  • Cheng Ji-Xin, “Intravascular Photoacoustic Catheter for Atherosclerosis Diagnosis”
  • Rundell, Ann; Pool, Marcia, “The NeurD: A Quantitative Tool to Detect the Progression of Peripheral Neuropathy”

Pew Charitable Trusts (via the Jackson Laboratory)

  • Irazoqui, Pedro, “Novel Implantable Devices for Glaucoma Research”

Showalter Trust

  • Park, Kinam; Rundell, Ann, “Resolving Glucose Detection in Exhaled Breath Condensate”
  • Wodicka, George, “Development of a Noninvasive, Virtual Stethoscopy Procedure”
  • Irazoqui, Pedro, Showalter Faculty Scholar