Past Awards

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Winning proposals and investigators, as follows:

From Bedside to Boardroom: Enhancing Professional Fulfillment and Meaning in Work by Promoting Pandemic-Driven Resilience and Growth

  • Andrea Dittmann (co-PI), PhD (Goizueta Business School)
  • Melissa Owen (co-PI), PhD, RN, CNE, FHFSA (Nursing)
  • Dorothy Jordan, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, FAAAN (Nursing)
  • Katherine Pfeiffer, MS, APRN, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC (Nursing)

Are RNA Exosomopathies Ribosomopathies?

  • Homa Ghalei (co-PI), PhD (Medicine)
  • Anita Corbett (co-PI), PhD (Emory College)
  • Bing Yao, PhD (Medicine)

Cortical mechanisms of dysfunction in movement initiation in Parkinson's Disease: From human to mice and back again

  • Svjetlana Miocinovic (co-PI), MD, PhD (Medicine)
  • Dieter Jaeger (co-PI), PhD (Emory College)

Co-Design of an Intervention to Decrease Gender-based Violence Among Infertile Couples in Jordan

  • Cari Jo Clark (co-PI), Sc.D. (RSPH)
  • Rachel Hall-Clifford (co-PI), PhD (Emory College)

Mapping the eco-evolutionary landscape of antibiotic resistance and virulence in the bacterial pathogen Staphylococcus aureus

  • Daniel Weissman (co-PI), PhD (Emory College)
  • Tim Read (co-PI), PhD (Medicine)

Press Release (9/4/2020)

"New Synergy awardees represent spirit of partnership in COVID-19 research"

Winning proposals and investigators, as follows:

COVID-19 and the eye: Surveillance of ophthalmic disease, viral persistence and immune response

  • Steven Yeh (Co-PI), MD (Medicine/Ophthalmology)
  • Carolyn Drews-Botsch (Co-PI), PhD (Public Health/Epidemiology)
  • Jesse Waggoner (Co-PI), MD (Medicine/Infectious Diseases)
  • Jessica Shantha, MD (Medicine/Ophthalmology)
  • Susi Linderman, PhD (Medicine/Microbiology and Immunology)
  • Laura Ward, MSPH (Public Health/Biostatistics and Bioinformatics)
  • Rafi Ahmed, PhD (Medicine/Microbiology and Immunology)

Longitudinal surveillance of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in pediatric healthcare workers

  • Miriam B. Vos (Co-PI) MD, MSPH (Medicine/Pediatrics)
  • Travis Sanchez (Co-PI), DVM, MPH (Public Health/Epidemiology)
  • Claudia R. Morris, MD (Medicine/Pediatrics)
  • Andrés Camacho-González, MD (Medicine/Pediatrics)
  • Srikant Iyer, MD (Medicine/Pediatric Emergency Medicine)
  • Patrick Sullivan, DVM, PhD (Public Health/Epidemiology)
  • Mehul Suthar, PhD (Medicine/Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics)
  • Jens Wrammert, PhD (Medicine/Pediatrics)

Ethical challenges: Refining and implementing ethical and clinical guidance and practices in response to COVID-19 

  • Kathy Kinlaw (Co-PI), MDiv (Medicine/Pediatrics)
  • Sharon Pappas (Co-PI), RN, PhD (Nursing)

Investigating the impact of SARS-CoV2 virus on neural development using human iPSC-derived brain organoids

  • David Goldsmith (Co-PI), MD (Medicine/Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
  • Bradley Pearce (Co-PI), PhD (Public Health/Epidemiology)
  • Zhexing Wen, PhD (Medicine/Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)
  • Erica Duncan, MD (Medicine/Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

Oral anticancer therapy non-adherence among metastatic breast cancer patients during a pandemic: A feasibility trial

  • Gelareh Sadigh (Co-PI), MD (Medicine/Radiology and Imaging Science)
  • Ilana Graetz (Co-PI), PhD (Public Health/Health Policy and Management)
  • Jane L. Meisel, MD (Winship Cancer Institute)
  • Ruth Carlos, MD (University of Michigan/Radiology)
  • Kate A. Yeager, RN, PhD, FAAN (Nursing)
  • Kristina Byers, Pharm D, BCOP (Winship Cancer Institute)

Prenatal infection with COVID-19: Effects on pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, the maternal-fetal immune response, and vertical transmission

  • Martina Badell (Co-PI), MD (Medicine/Gynecology & Obstetrics)
  • Anne Dunlop (Co-PI), MD, MPH (Nursing)
  • Ravi Mangal Patel, MD (Medicine/Pediatrics)

COVID-19 and intimate partner violence: The effect of movement related restrictions on partner violence and traumatic injury in Atlanta, Georgia 

  • Dabney P. Evans (Co-PI), PhD, MPH (Public Health/Global Health)
  • Randi N. Smith (Co-PI), MD, MPH (Medicine/Surgery)
  • Amy Zeidan, MD (Medicine/Emergency Medicine)

A mixed-methods study of the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 disease among African Americans living with HIV who receive HIV services at the Grady Infectious Disease Program (Ponce Clinic) and Emory University Hospital Midtown (Emory Midtown)

  • Lisa Flowers (Co-PI), MD (Medicine/Gynecology & Obstetrics)
  • Robert A. Bednarczyk (Co-PI), PhD (Public Health/Global Health)
  • Kimbi Hagen, EdD (Public Health/Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences)
  • Minh Ly T. Nguyen, MD (Medicine/Infectious Diseases)
  • Claudia E. Ordonez (Public Health/Global Health)
  • Adrian King, MPH (Public Health/Global Health)
  • Maja Besic (Medicine/Gynecology & Obstetrics)

Impact of COVID-19 state-level executive orders on incident partner violence and suicide: Assessing collateral health effects of non-pharmaceutical risk mitigation during pandemics

  • Kathryn M. Yount (Co-PI), PhD (Public Health/Global Health)
  • Nadine Kaslow (Co-PI), PhD (Medicine/Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

Seroprevalence of COVID-19 within children

  • Mehul Suthar (Co-PI), PhD (Yerkes, Medicine/Pediatrics)
  • Jens Wrammert (Co-PI), PhD (Medicine/Pediatrics)

Press Release (11/15/19)

"Synergy Award winners exemplify collaborative research across health sciences"

Winning proposals and investigators, as follows:

  • Jinbing Bai, PhD, MSN, RN (Nursing)
  • Jolinta Lin, MD (Medicine)
  • Deborah Bruner, PhD, RN, FAAN (Nursing)
  • Pretesh Patel, MD (Winship)
  • Despina Tsementzi, PhD (Nursing)

Video-assisted directly observed therapy for high-risk youth living with HIV

  • Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD (Medicine)
  • Sophia Hussen, MD, MPH (Public Health)
  • Andres Camacho-Gonzalez, MD (Medicine)
  • Aaron Siegler, PhD (Public Health)

Development of a new prediction algorithm for smartphone application for a non-invasive measurement of hemoglobin levels in infants

  • Cassandra Josephson, MD (Medicine)
  • Wilbur Lam, MD, PhD (Medicine)
  • Amita Manatunga, PhD (Public Health)
  • Kirk Easley, MS (Public Health)
  • Robert Mannino, PhD (Medicine)
  • Ravi Patel, MD, MSc (Medicine)

Effects of splanchnic nerve cryoablation on glycemic control and weight loss in obese patients with type 2 diabetes

  • Jennifer Frediani, PhD, RD (Nursing)
  • Alexandra Migdal, MD (Medicine)
  • Sean Dariushnia, MD (Medicine)
  • J. David Prologo, MD (Medicine)
  • Guillermo Umpierrez, MD (Medicine)

Transportation vulnerability and geographic patterns of diabetic foot ulcer-related limb loss

  • Howard Chang, PhD (Public Health)
  • Marcos Schechter, MD (Medicine)
  • Julie Clennon, PhD (Public Health)
  • Lance Waller, PhD (Public Health)

Job preference of advanced practice registered nurses in Georgia: A discrete choice experiment

  • Jason Hockenberry (Public Health)
  • Yin Li, PhD (Nursing)

A systems immunology approach to personalized immune monitoring through profiling and modeling of B cell response trajectories

  • Chris Scharer, PhD (Medicine)
  • Qiang Zhang, MD, PhD (Public Health)

Religion and spirituality as resources for HIV prevention and support for black gay men in Atlanta

  • John Blevins, PhD (Public Health)
  • Daniel Geller, RN (Nursing)
  • Mimi Kiser, RN, MPH (Public Health)
  • Jessica Wells, PhD (Nursing)

Novel ways to reduce heart failure hospitalizations: Applying the social-ecological model

  • Alanna Morris, MD (Medicine)
  • Shivani Patel, PhD, MPH (Public Health)
  • Neal Dickert, MD, PhD (Medicine)

Pilot study of the epigenetic mechanisms of an endocrine disrupting chemical in the development of endocrine-sensitive cancers

  • Lauren McCullough, PhD, MSPH (Public Health)
  • Alicia Smith, PhD (Medicine)
  • Michele Marcus, PhD, MPH (Public Health)
  • Karen Conneely, PhD (Medicine)

RSPH, Rollins School of Public Health
SOM, Emory School of Medicine
SON, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Winning proposals and investigators, as follows:

Building an Interdisciplinary Research Community to Strengthen Capacity and Training for Implementation Science

  • Matthew Freeman, MPH, PhD (RSPH)
  • Rachel Patzer, MPH, PhD (SOM)
  • Eri Saikawa, MPA, PhD (Emory College)
  • Lisa M. Thompson, RN, FHP-BC, PhD, FAAN (SON)

Emory Sleep Consortium

  • Julie Gazmararian, MPH, PhD (RSPH)
  • Dayna Johnson, PhD (RSPH)
  • Hillary Rodman, PhD (Emory College)

Mapping the Human Gaitome: Automated Analysis of Individual-Specific Walking Patterns in Health and Disease

  • Gordon Berman, PhD (Emory College)
  • Christine Esper, MD (SOM)
  • Stuart Factor, OD (SOM)
  • Trisha Kesar, PT, PhD (SOM)
  • J. Lucas McKay, MSCR, PhD (SOM)
  • Shamim Nemati, PhD (SOM)
  • Ilya Nemenman, PhD (Emory College)
  • Lena Ting, PhD (SOM)

Preparing the U.S. for Climate Change-Induced Infectious Disease Impacts: An Interdisciplinary Research Strategy

  • Jessica Fairley, MD (SOM)
  • Thomas Gillespie, PhD (Emory College)
  • Uriel Kitron, MPH, PhD (RSPH)
  • Colleen Kraft, MSc, MD (SOM)
  • Sharon Vanairsdale, DNP, ,APRN, ACNS (SON and EHC)

EHC,Emory Healthcare
RSPH, Rollins School of Public Health
SOM, Emory School of Medicine
SON, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Press Release (9/6/18)

"Synergy Award winners will further collaborative research in health sciences"

Winning proposals and investigators, as follows:

Clinical and ocular fluid analysis in the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) Network (Sierra Leone)

  • Robert F. Breiman, MD (RSPH, EGHI)
  • Jessica G. Shantha, MD (SOM)
  • Steven Yeh, MD (SOM)

Developing cell-free DNA-based net-generation biomarkers for neurodegenerative disorders

  • Peng Jin, PhD (SOM)
  • Hao Wu, PhD (RSPH)

Evaluating the impact of decision aid timing on mandatory shared decision making for defibrillator implantation

  • Neal Dickert, Jr., MD, PhD (SOM)
  • David H. Howard, PhD (RSPH)
  • Faisal M. Merchant, MD (SOM)

Fast diffusion Kurtosis imaging of acute stroke patients

  • Ranliang Hu, MD (SOM)
  • Phillip Z. Sun, PhD (Yerkes)

Gut microbiome, cancer immunotherapy, and kidney cancer outcomes

  • Mehmet A. Bilen, MD (SOM)
  • Veronika Fedirko, MPH, PhD (RSPH)
  • Yijuan Hu, PhD (RSPH)
  • Haydn T. Kissick, PhD (SOM)
  • Viraj Master, MD, PhD, FACS (SOM)
  • Timothy D. Read, PhD (SOM)

Multilevel determinants of sleep and 24-hour blood pressure among African Americans

  • Donald Bliwise, PhD (SOM)
  • Dayna A. Johnson, PhD, MPH (RSPH)
  • Tene T. Lewis, PhD (RSPH)

Nutritional immunoregulation protection against pneumococcal pneumonia

  • Christopher N. LaRock, PhD (SOM)
  • Jorge E. Vidal, PhD (RSPH)

Shiftwork, functional bowel symptoms, and the microbiome

  • Jennifer Christie, MD (SOM)
  • Timothy D. Read, PhD (SOM)
  • Ann E. Rogers (SON)

Transplant rejection diagnosis and classification using machine learning on whole-slide imaging in pediatric and adult kidney transplant recipients

  • David Benkeser, PhD, MPH (RSPH)
  • Lee Cooper, PhD (SOM)
  • Alton Farris, MD (SOM)
  • Julien Hogan, MD, PhD (SOM)

Unravelling the electrophysiologic effects of diabetes with novel risk prediction tools: A global collaborative study in South Asians

  • Amit Shah, MD, MSCR (RSPH)
  • K. M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA (RSPH)
  • Gari D. Clifford, DPhil (SOM)

EGHI, Emory Global Health Institute
RSPH, Rollins School of Public Health
SOM, Emory School of Medicine
SON, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Yerkes, Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Press Release (3/15/18)

"Fourth round of Synergy Awards support collaborative research between investigators in health sciences and Emory College "

Winning proposals and investigators, as follows:

Towards Federated Data‐driven Precision Medicine Approaches for Rare Conditions

  • Zhaohui Qin, PhD (RSPH)
  • Stephanie Sherman, PhD (SOM)
  • Vaidy Sunderam, PhD (Emory College)
  • Michael Zwick, PhD (SOM)

Novel Strategies to Combat Bacterial Aminoglycoside Antibiotic Resistance Mediated by Ribosomal RNA Methylation

  • Graeme Conn, PhD (SOM)
  • William Wuest, PhD (Emory College)

A Novel Assay to Investigate the Relationship Among Anthropogenic Disturbance, Infection, and Immunity in a Non‐Human Primate

  • Steven Bosinger, PhD (Yerkes)
  • Thomas Gillespie, PhD (Emory College)

RSPH, Rollins School of Public Health
SOM, Emory School of Medicine
Yerkes, Yerkes National Primate Research Ceter

Press Release (10/9/17)

"New awardees announced for Synergy Awards to support collaborative research in health sciences"

Winning proposals and investigators, as follows:

Defining the Impact of Hospital and Household Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Conditions on Sepsis Outcomes in Normal and Low Birth Weight Neonates in Amhara, Ethiopia

  • John N. Cranmer, PhD (SON)
  • Christine L. Moe, PhD (RSPH)

Improving Health-Promoting Behaviors in Adolescent Cancer Survivors Using AWAKE: A Feasibility Trial

  • Carla J. Berg, PhD (RSPH)
  • Karen E. Effinger, MD (SOM)
  • Ann C. Mertens, PhD (SOM)

The Emory-Congo Brain Health Initiative: Enhancing Neurological Diagnosis with a Normed and Culturally-Appropriate Neuropsychological Battery

  • Robert Breiman, MD (RSPH)
  • Fadi Nahab, MD (SOM)
  • Anthony Y. Stringer, PhD (SOM)

Morphometric and Functional Markers as Determinants of Perioperative Risk

  • Felipe 'Roberto' Lobelo, MD/PhD (RSPH)
  • Vikas O'Reilly-Shah, MD/PhD (SOM)

Development of a Novel 'Humanized' Microbiome Mouse Model for Assessing the Influence of the Microbiome within the Female Reproductive Tract on Health and Disease

  • Anne L. Dunlop, MD (SON)
  • Rheinallt M. Jones, PhD (SOM)

New Hereditary Kidney Cancer Syndrome?

  • John A. Petros, MD (SOM)
  • Yan V. Sun, PhD (RSPH)

Smartphone-Enabled Supervised Exercise Therapy for the Treatment of Symptomatic Peripheral Arterial Disease

  • Ravi R. Rajani, MD (SOM)
  • Amit J. Shah, MD (RSPH)
  • Nanette K. Wenger, MD (SOM)

Dissemination of Macrolide Resistance Elements in Streptococcus Pneumoniae

  • Yih-Ling Tzeng, PhD (SOM)
  • Jorge E. Vidal, PhD (RSPH)

Metagenomic Cartography of the Virome in Transplant Recipients

  • Yi-Juan ‘Yijuan' Hu, PhD (RSPH)
  • Christian P. Larsen, MD, PhD (SOM)

A Systematic Analysis of Environmental Toxicants in Cardiomyocytes Derived from Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

  • Gary Miller, PhD (RSPH)
  • Chunhui Xu, PhD (SOM)

Cell-Free DNA Methylation as a Biomarker of Pancreatic Beta-Cell Death in Youth

  • Karen Conneely, PhD (SOM)
  • J. Nina Ham, MD (SOM)
  • Lisa R. Staimez, PhD (RSPH)

RSPH, Rollins School of Public Health
SOM, Emory School of Medicine
SON, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

Award Announcement (June 2017)

Winning proposals and investigators, as follows:

Role of gain of function and loss of function GRIN2A mutations in neuronal excitability and epileptic encephalopathy

  • Sookyong Koh, PhD (Neurology, SOM)
  • Stephen Traynelis, PhD (Pharmacology, SOM)

Structural Basis for the Autoinhibition of von Willebrand Factor

  • Renhao Li, PhD (Pediatrics, SOM)
  • Eric Ortlund, PhD (Biochemistry, SOM)

Development of cancer patient–derived organoid system for high throughput therapeutic screening and precision oncology

  • Yuhong Du, PhD (Pharmacology, SOM; Winship)
  • Haian Fu, PhD (Pharmacology, SOM; Winship)
  • Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD (Hematology, SOM; Winship)
  • Rebecca Pentz, PhD (Hematology, SOM; Winship)
  • Suresh Ramalingam, MD (Hematology, SOM; Winship)
  • Gabriel Sica, MD, PhD (Pathology, SOM; Winship)
  • Wei Zhou, PhD (Hematology, SOM; Winship)

Modeling autism spectrum disorder and translating for therapeutics with TSC patient derived 3-D cerebral organoids

  • Michael Gambello, PhD (Human Genetics, SOM)
  • Gary Bassell, PhD (Cell Biology, SOM)
  • Zhexing Wen, PhD (Psychiatry, SOM)

SOM, Emory School of Medicine
Winship, Winship Cancer Institute

Press Release (9/20/16)

"Synergy awards support collaborative research among health sciences schools, faculty"

Winning proposals and investigators, as follows:

Relationship of the Gut Microbiome to Neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's Disease

  • Elizabeth J. Corwin, PhD, RN (Academic Advancement, SON)
  • James J. Lah, MD, PhD (Neurology, SON)
  • Viola Vaccarino, MD, PhD (Epidemiology, RSPH)

Evaluation of an Intervention to Increase Post-Abortion LARC Uptake: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Educational and Financial Counseling Prior to Clinical Presentation

  • Lisa Haddad, MD (Gynecology and Obstetrics, SOM)
  • Victoria L. Phillips, PhD (Health Policy & Management, RSPH)
  • Kristin Wall, PhD (Epidemiology, RSPH)

Measuring Fertility in Reproductive-Aged Women Diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

  • Penelope Howards, PhD (Epidemiology, RSPH)
  • Sam S. Lim, MD, MPH (Rheumatology, SOM)

Does Norovirus Infection Cause Nutritional Damage? A Longitudinal Analysis

  • Ben Lopman, PhD (Epidemiology, RSPH)
  • Parmi Suchdev, MD, MPH (Pediatrics, SOM)
  • Anne Williams, PhD, MPH (Pediatrics, SOM)

Advancing Cancer Screening and Early Detection Among People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)

  • Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA (Surgery, SOM)
  • Jessica Wells, PhD, RN (Academic Advancement, SON)

Optimizing Screening Mammography Accuracy and Adoption through Improved Recall Rates: A Multi-Disciplinary Investigation of the Effects of Human Capital Depreciation and Fatigue on Radiologist Performance

  • Richard Duszak, Jr., MD (Radiology, SOM)
  • Margaret Fleming, MD, MSc (Radiology, SOM)
  • Jason M. Hockenberry, PhD (Health Policy & Management, RSPH)
  • Elizabeth A. Krupinski, PhD (Radiology, SOM)
  • Mary S. Newell, MD (Radiology, SOM)

RSPH, Rollins School of Public Health
SOM, Emory School of Medicine
SON, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing