School of Medicine

School of Medicine Researchers Awarded Pilot Grants

Six School of Medicine faculty members are recipients of the UC Irvine Institute for Clinical & Translation Science (ICTS) 2017 Pilot Grants Awards for their innovative research projects.

The ICTS Translational Science Pilot Grant Program is inspired by the Common Fund's NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award initiative (formerly known as the Transformative Research Project (TR01]).

ICTS pilot grants are designed specifically to support exceptionally innovative and/or unconventional research projects that have the potential to create or overturn fundamental paradigms.

The awardees are:

  • Kelly Biegler, PhD, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care
    Mi Vida, Mi Salud: A novel mobile health intervention for the development of personal rules promoting weight loss, symptom management, and reduction in proinflammatory biomarkers in Latina breast cancer survivors

  • Daniela Bota, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology
    Preclinical Development of Coumarinic Compounds as a Novel, Mitochondrial-Targeted Therapy for Glioblastoma

  • Aimee Edinger, PhD, Department of Developmental and Cell Biology
    Evaluation of sphingolipid-inspired small molecules as calorie restriction mimetics

  • Angela Fleishman, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
    SMAC mimetics as a therapeutic approach in myeloproliferative neoplasm

  • Felicia Lane, MD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Determination of LOXL1 and Fibulin 5 levels in the vaginal secretions of women with and without pelvic organ prolapse

  • Jeremiah Tao, MD, Department of Ophthalmology
    A Digital Prosthetic Eye with Functional Eye Mimicry

  • Armando Villalta, PhD, Department of Physiology & Biophysics
    Regulatory T cell responses in muscle degenerative disorders

  • Mark Warschauer, PhD, School of Education
    Telepresence robots for virtual academic inclusion and improved well-being, health, and social outcomes for homebound pediatric patients

View abstracts for each pilot project ›