Home » Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine award $500,000 in grants to Launch New Research Investigations
August 26, 2010 – Texas Children’s Hospital
by Jenn Blackmer
The Pediatric Pilot Research Program is designed primarily to support researchers in the early stages of their careers and provides faculty in BCM’s Department of Pediatrics with the seed funding needed to launch new investigations. These awards will help provide junior-level investigators with the resources required to generate the data necessary to submit successful grant applications to the National Institutes of Health.
“Researchers must generate promising preliminary data in order to successfully compete for subsequent peer-reviewed grant awards,” said Dr. Susan Blaney, vice chair for research in the BCM Pediatrics Department and a physician with Texas Children’s Cancer Center. “The financial resources provided by this Pediatric Pilot Research Fund are critical for investigators in the early stages of their research career and we are fortunate that the program will enable investigators to launch successful projects and research campaigns.”
In total, $500,000 in grants was awarded in $50,000 increments to 10 researches that hold appointments with the Department of Pediatrics. The recipients, along with the titles of their projects are:
Jason Yustein, M.D., Ph.D. – Analysis and Establishment of Circulating MicroRNAs as a Disease Biomarker in a Novel Mouse Model of Metastatic Osteosarcoma
This new research funding program was established earlier this year under the direction of Dr. Mark W. Kline, physician-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and chair of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine.