Pilot and Feasibility Award Program

2017 Pilot and Feasibility Awards of the Stanford DRC

Based on our 2017 Pilot and Feasibility request for applications we received 20 applications. The submitted proposals were from multiple disciplines representing a wide range of biology and clinical medicine. These included proposals from investigators in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Radiology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology. A total of eight proposals were selected for funding from this year's P&F competition. We anticipate another P&F competition in the autumn of 2018; please watch for the Request for Applications.

Justin Annes, MD PhD | Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Collaborators: Or Gozani, MD PhD
“Mitochondrial Dysfunction Promotes b-Cell Failure and diabetes via a Previously Unrecognized Mechanism: Protein Hyper-Succinylation”

Eric Appel, PhD | Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Collaborators: Bruce Buckingham, MD and David Maahs, MD PhD
“Novel ultra-fast insulin formulations for diabetes treatment”

Jennifer Lee, PhD | Associate Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology)
Collaborators: Phil Tsao, PhD and Jan Liphardt, PhD
“Diabetes Precision Phenotyping & Outcomes Prediction in Health Care”

Everett Meyer, MD PhD | Assistant Professor Department of Medicine (Bone Marrow Transplantation)
“Therapeutic targeting of islet-infiltrating invariant NKT cells in diabetes to promote islet tolerance”

Latha Palaniappan, MD MS | Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine (General Medicine)
Collaborators: Mike Snyder, PhD, Holden Maecker, PhD, Francois Haddad, MD and Utkan Demirci, PhD                 
“Elucidating the mechanisms of Diabetic Cardiomyopathy through Exosome Profiling, A Diabetes Research Center Collaborative Initiative”

Tom Soh, PhD | Professor, Electrical Engineering
Collaborators: Jelena Vuckovic, PhD and Seung Kim, MD PhD               
“Real-time biosensor for continuous in vivo detection of glucose”

Avnesh Thakor, MD PhD | Assistant Professor, Radiology            
Project title: A novel collagen based cryogel bioscaffold that generates oxygen and promotes angiogenesis for islet transplantation

Xiaolin Zheng, PhD | Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering    
“Breath Acetone Sensor towards Non-invasive Diabetic Monitoring”