Pilot Grants

DHSA pilot grants provide up to $75,000 for projects ranging from 12 to 18 months. Projects are selected based on scientific merit, the potential to lead to a larger proposal for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding, and the ability of the research team, which must include at least one investigator from each member institution, to demonstrate successful collaboration among the four institutions.

Currently awarded DHSA Pilot Projects:

Childhood Cancer Research

"Nanotechnology Based Drug Delivery for Childhood Leukemia"
Co-Investigators: Ayyappan Rajasekaran - Nemours, Xinqiao Jia- UD, Scott Waldman - TJU, Robert Witt - CCHS 

 

Children with CP

"A New Frontier:Using Linked Pharmacy Data to Understand Primary Nonadherence and Therapeutic Inertia in Hypertension"
Co-Investigators: Daniel Elliott - CCHS, Joseph Couto - TJU, Edward Ratledge - UD, Iman Sharif - Nemours, Terri Steinberg - CCHS

 

Children with CP

"NLGN4Y Gene Dosage Effects in Human and Cellular Models for Autism"
Co-Investigators: Judith Ross - TJU, David Colby - UD, Richard Fischer - CCHS, Karen Gripp - TJU, Diane Merry - Nemours, Matthew Thakur –TJU, Eric Wickstrom - TJU

 

Previously awarded DHSA Pilot Projects:

Childhood obesity Group

"Novel Approaches to the Study of Determinant of Childhood Obesity utilizing Health Information Systems"
Co-Investigators: Deborah Ehrenthal, Kristin Maiden – CCHS, Judith Ross – TJU/Nemours, Samuel Gidding, David West, Lou Barteshesky – Nemours, Ben Carterette and Michael Peterson - UD

 

Children with CP

"Relationships between Cortical Motor Organization and Response to Exercise Interventions in Children with Cerebral Palsy"
Co-Investigators: Stuart Binder-McLeod, Samuel Lee, Trisha Kesar – UD, Freeman Miller – Nemours, Susan Duff – TJU and Kert Anzilotti – CCHS

 

Linking Genotype to Phenotype

"Linking Genotype to Phenotype: A pilot project to create a research data warehouse of biospecimen and omic information"
Co-Investigators: Jack London – TJU, Cathy Wu – UD, Ed Ewen – CCHS, and Timothy Bunnell – Nemours

 

Zhihao Zhuang Research Team

"Discovery of inhibitors against the ubiquitin specific protease 11 in human DNA damage response"
Co-Investigators: Zhihao Zhuang – UD, Andrew Napper – Nemours, Jonathan Brody – TJU, and Zohra Ali-Khan Catts – CCHS

 

Ulhas Naik

"JAM-A - A Potential Risk Factor for Dilated Cardiomyopathy"
Co-Investigators: Ulhas P. Naik – UD, Takeshi Tsuda – Nemours, Walter Koch – TJU, and William Weintraub –  CCHS

 

Robert Sikes

"Mechanisms of Castrate Resistant Prostate Cancer involving the Androgen Receptor in the Bone Microenvironment"
Co-Investigators: Robert Sikes – UD, Karen Knudsen – TJU, Ayyappan Rajasekaran – Nemours, and Charles Schneider – CCHS.