Past Awards

 

Round 1: Collaborations Throughout Health Sciences

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)

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

Round 2: Collaboration in the Basic Sciences

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)

Key
SOM, Emory School of Medicine
Winship, Winship Cancer Institute

Round 3: Collaborations Throughout Health Sciences

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)

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

Round 4: Collaborations Between Health Sciences and Emory College

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)

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

Round 5: Collaboration Throughout Health Sciences

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)

Key
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

Round 6: Collaborations Between Health Sciences and Emory College

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)

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