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Second-round grants awarded to EVMS/W&M teams

Story Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:54:00 EST

The second round of collaborative grants has been awarded to three teams from Eastern Virginia Medical School and William & Mary.

Round two of the initiative to encourage joint research between the two institutions saw 12 teams submit proposals. Each of the three winners received $20,000 in funding. As in the first round of projects, a main criterion for selection was the potential for the proposed project to attract and secure external funding.

The first round resulted in $10,000 grants awarded to 10 projects in August. Second-round projects were expected to be more substantive and require more resources.

Members of the Research Review Committee, who unanimously selected the winning proposals, included C. Donald Combs, PhD, Vice President and Dean of the EVMS School of Health Professions, and representatives from William & Mary, Sentara Healthcare and EVMS.

The collaborative grants and related initiatives are funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and Sentara Healthcare, which have respectively contributed $200,000 and $100,000. In addition to the research collaborations, faculty members of the two institutions meet periodically for retreats and workshops. The workshops and other collaborative and educational programming are slated to continue through 2017.

Winning projects

Enhancing Selective Attention in Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum: Development of an Online Intervention

Principal Investigator: Janice Zeman, PhD, Department of Psychology, William & Mary

Co-Investigators: Maria Urbano, MD, EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; J.D. Ball, PhD, EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Science; Josh Burk, PhD, Department of Psychology, William & Mary; Cheryl Dickter, PhD, Department of Psychology, William & Mary

Evaluation of an EEG-based Neurometric Battery for the Evaluation of Cognitive Decline in Patients at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Principal Investigator: Paul D. Kieffaber, PhD, Department of Psychology/Neuroscience Program, William & Mary

Co-Investigator: Hamid Okhravi, MD, EVMS Internal Medicine: Geriatrics

Rapid Cycle Innovation Training Grant in Healthcare Delivery Science and Health Services Research

Principal Investigator: Brent Ibata, PhD, JD, MPH, Sentara Cardiovascular Research Institute; EVMS Cardiac Research and Education

Co-Investigators: James Olver, PhD, Mason School of Business, William & Mary; Patric Lundberg, PhD, EVMS Microbiology