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2013 Emory+Children’s Pediatric Research Center Pilot Awardees

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Children’s Center for Cardiovascular Biology

Genomic Characterization of Inflammatory Response and Prediction of Clinical Outcome after Infant Cardiac Surgery
May Wang, PhD, Emory University & Georgia Tech
John Phan, PhD, Emory University & Georgia Tech
William Mahle, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Kevin Maher, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)

Identification of Novel Biomarkers for Pediatric Heart Transplant Rejection
Hanjoong Jo, PhD, FAHA, Emory University & Georgia Tech
William Mahle, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Charles Searles, MD, Emory University

Prevention of Antibody Mediated Rejection in Cardiac Transplant Recipients
Jean Kwun, DVM, PhD, Emory University
Malcolm MacConmara, MD, Emory University
William Mahle, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Stuart Knechtle, MD, Emory University

The Impact of Weight Loss on Arterial Health in Morbidly Obese Adolescents
Luke Brewster, MD, PhD, RVT, Emory University
Don Giddens, PhD, Georgia Tech
Hanjoong Jo, PhD, FAHA, Emory University & Georgia Tech
Stephanie Walsh, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Ritu Sachdeva, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Mark Wulkan, MD, Emory University

Center for Cystic Fibrosis Research 

Examining the Mechanism of Dysregulated Glycolytic Metabolism in CF
Assem Galal Ziady, PhD, Emory University (Pediatrics)

Measuring the Impact of CFTR Mutations on Respiratory Virus Immunity
Jacob E. Kohlmeier, PhD, Emory University
Nael A. McCarty, PhD, Emory University (Pediatrics)

Role of Acute Hyperglycemia in CF Pulmonary Exacerbation
Arlene Stecenko, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Lina Merjaneh, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)

 Center for Pediatric Nanomedicine

Analysis of Receptor Binding Kinetics and Conformational Change of HIV Envelope Protein
Cheng Zhu, PhD, Emory University & Georgia Tech
Gregory Melikian, PhD, Emory University (Pediatrics)

Correction of a Novel Ryanodine Receptor Mutation Using TALENs
Chunhui Xu, PhD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Thomas James Cradick, PhD, Emory University & Georgia Tech

Human Progenitor Cell Therapy with Bioactive Scaffolds for Heart Failure
Michael Davis, PhD, Emory University & Georgia Tech
Mary B. Wagner, PhD, Emory University (Pediatrics)

Children's Center for Neurosciences Research 

An Investigation of Coagulopathy After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury in Children  with Emphasis on the Role of Platelet Dysfunction 
Andrew Reisner, MD, FACS, FAAP, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Jeanne E. Hendrickson, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Silvia Bunting, B Medicine, MSc, Emory University

Experimental Therapy of Acute Ischemic Stroke in Transgenic Sickle Mice
Chia-Yi (Alex) Kuan, MD, PhD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
David R. Archer, PhD, Emory University (Pediatrics)

Identification of the Genes Underlying Pediatric Epilepsy
Andrew P. Escayg, PhD, Emory University
Sandra L. Helmers, MD, MPH, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Center for Clinical Outcomes Research & Public Health 

An Ecosystem for Objectively Monitoring and Improving Medication Adherence in Adolescent Transplant Recipients
Maysam Ghovanloo, PhD, Georgia Tech
Mark Braunstein, MD, Georgia Tech
Shri Deshpande, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Brandon Aylward, PhD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Christina Choi, PhD, Georgia Tech

Dealing with the Side-effects of Automation: Threats to Workflow and Safety Introduced by Health Information Technology?
Marla Daves, MD, MSHI, Emory University
Frank Durso, PhD, Georgia Tech

Improving the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Soundscape
Erica Ryherd, PhD, Georgia Tech
Ira Adams-Chapman, MD, MPH, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Julie Swann, PhD, Georgia Tech

Mobile Health (mHealth) Tools to Improve Patient Engagement, Research and Disease Management of Children with Rheumatological Disease
Prabhu Shankar, MD, MS, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Jiten Chhabra, MD, Georgia Tech
Sampath Prahalad, MD, Emory University (Pediatrics)

Novel Breath Sampling Device for Condensate and Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds
Peter Hesketh, PhD, MS, BSc, Georgia Tech
Lou Ann Brown, PhD, Emory University (Pediatrics)
Jean-Marie Dimandja, PhD, Spelman College

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