Pilot feasibility grant awardees announced by the Research Council of MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Deborah M. Mitchell, MD, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, 'Bone Mineral Accrual and Microarchitecture in Youth with Type1 Diabetes'
The 2013 Research Pilot and Feasibility Award from the MGHfC Research Council allowed me to initiate a prospective study of bone mineral accrual in youth with type 1 diabetes. While adults with this disorder have low bone mineral density and a high risk of fracture, little is known about the precedents and pathophysiology of these complications. The preliminary data garnered over the course of this year will form the basis of more comprehensive research proposals to elucidate the mechanisms of fracture risk in patients with type 1 diabetes. This award has thus been crucial to my career development as an independent clinician-scientist.
Jolan Walter, MD, PhD, Division of Allergy/Immunology, "Dissecting mechanisms of central and peripheral dysregulation among patients with Rag deficiencies"
As a recipient of the 2012 Research Pilot and Feasibility Award from the MGHfC Research Council, I was funded to utilize new methods to investigate patients prone for autoimmune disorders in the setting of an immune deficiency. Specifically, I applied novel methods for characterization of B cell diversity among patients who are carriers of defective genes causing primary immunodeficiency. This pilot funding has complemented well my NIH K08 Career Award and gave impetus toward independent research.
Jamie Micco, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, "Development of cognitive biases in offspring at risk for anxiety disorders"
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