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ATSU announces internal grant winners

January 21, 2020
Posted In: Arizona Campus, ATSU News, ATSU Schools, Faculty & Staff Headlines, Missouri Campus

A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) recently awarded a pair of grants as part of the “Scholarly Activity Strategic Planning Awards for Equipment/Facility Improvements” competition. 

“Expanding Research Initiatives and Scholarship Through the Dillenberg Center for Health Innovation and Technology” was the Mesa, Arizona, campus winner. The $48,851.15 award will be used for upgraded and new research lab equipment at Dillenberg Center for Health Innovation and Technology.

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich, PhD, RDH, was lead principal investigator on the application. Inder Raj S. Makin, MD, PhD, was co-principal investigator. Other collaborators were Kellie H. Bliven, PhD, ATC; Marc Shlossman, DDS, MS; Maureen E. Perry, DDS, MPA; Robert T. Erickson, DDS, MS; Seena B. Patel, DMD, MPH; Jeffrey T. Cohen, DDS; Zinaida Kaleinikova, DMD; and Carlos A. Jurado, DDS, MS.

“Measurement of Calcium, Gene Expression, and Other Key Cellular Signaling Behaviors using Light-emitting Fluorescence and Luminescence Report Modules” was the Kirksville, Missouri, campus winner. The $62,944.05 award will be used for a multimode plate reader, which is a general purpose instrument common in modern labs. 

Robert W. Baer, PhD, was lead principal investigator on the application. Patricia Lodato, PhD, was co-principal investigator. Other collaborators were Keith S. Elmslie, PhD; Yingzi Chang, MD, PhD; Neal R. Chamberlain, PhD; William F. Brechue, PhD; Prasanna K. Abeyrathna, PhD, MS; Rekha R. Yesudas, PhD, MPhil, MS; James L. Cox, PhD; Tim D. Ostrowski, PhD; and Timothy Geisbuhler, PhD.

The grants were part of a one-time internal offering. Eligible applicants included full-time faculty on the Missouri and Arizona campuses. Each campus was eligible to receive one grant not exceeding $65,000.

Ten internal grant proposals were received and reviewed by a panel of four scientists, including an external contributor. 

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