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Congratulations to the 2019 Pediatric Research Alliance Pilot Grant Awardees!

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Junior Faculty Focused (JFF)

Neutrophil Immunomodulation of T Cell Function in Children with Acute Respiratory Failure Due to Viral Lower Respiratory Tract Infections with Bacterial Coinfections
Jocelyn Grunwell, MD, PhD*
Mentor: Anne Fitzpatrick, PhD

The Effects of RSV Attachment (G) Protein Mucin Domains on Steric Shielding of the Fusion (F) Protein, Pre-F Stability, and Immunogenicity of a Live-Attenuated Vaccine Candidate
Christina Allen Rostad, MD*
Mentors: Larry Anderson, MD and Gregory Melikian, PhD
Collaborator: Christopher Stobart, PhD

Live Cell Imaging of HIV-1 Antisense RNA Accumulation as a Predictor of Progression to Latency
Philip Richard Tedbury, PhD*
Mentor: Stefan G. Sarafianos, PhD
Collaborators: Gregory Melikian, PhD and Ashwanth C. Francis, PhD

Children’s Center for Neurosciences Research (CCNR)

Post-exposure Prophylaxis with Zika Virus Hyperimmune Globulin to Prevent Adverse Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Postnatal Zika Infection in Infant Rhesus Macaques
Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD*
Jessica Raper Lawrence, PhD*

Metal-Dependent Mechanisms of Childhood Neurodegeneration
Avanti Gokhale, PhD*
Jennifer Kwong, PhD

Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR)

Emory Multi-Omics Juvenile arthritis Immunology (EMOJI) Study: Bringing Deep Phenotyping to a Vexing Pediatric Problem
Sampath Prahalad, MD, MSc*
Rabin Tirouvanziam, PhD*
Eliver Ghosn, PhD
Greg Gibson, PhD

Blood Donor Characteristics and Recipient Outcomes in Transfused Very Low Birth Weight Infants
Ravi Patel, MD, MSc*
Cassandra Josephson, MD
Kirk Easley, MS

Blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid Biomarkers in the Correlations of Clinical Outcomes in Pediatric NMDARE
Grace Gombolay, MD*
Robyn Howarth, PhD*
Eliver Ghosn, PhD

Center for Cystic Fibrosis and Airways Disease Research (CF-AIR)

Simplified Sweat Induction for Cystic Fibrosis Testing Using a Microneedle Patch for Pilocarpine Delivery
Lokesh Guglani, MD*
Mark Prausnitz, PhD

A Mixed Methods Pilot Study of Long Term Dietary Sugar Reduction
Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH*
Jean A. Welsh, PhD, MPH
Sandra Dunbar, PhD
Courtney McCracken, PhD

Children’s Heart Research and Outcomes Center (HeRO)

A 3D Bioprinted In Vitro Model of Pediatric Pulmonary Vein Stenosis
Vahid Serpooshan, PhD*
Holly Bauser-Heaton, MD, PhD*
Martin Tomov, PhD
Brooks Lindsey, PhD

Modeling Chemotherapy-induced Cardiotoxicity Using Human iPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes
Chunhui Xu, PhD*
Joshua Maxwell, PhD
Anant Mandawat, MD
Peter Fischbach, MD, MA
Sharon Castellino, MD, MSc