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Recipients of Stanford-Intermountain seed grants announced

The collaborative grants provide seed funding for projects aimed at transforming health care.

Stanford Medicine and Intermountain Healthcare have announced the recipients of more than $500,000 in seed grants focused on transforming health care.

Earlier this year, the two organizations announced a collaboration to enable joint clinical, research and education projects. Intermountain Healthcare is a not-for-profit health-care system based in Utah.

The seed grants were awarded to projects that will be jointly led by principal investigators from Stanford and Intermountain. The one-year, $75,000 grants will take effect on Nov. 1.

Following are the names of the grant recipients and their project titles:

  • Whole-genome DNA sequencing of stage-3 colorectal cancer — James Ford, MD, associate professor of oncology and of genetics at Stanford; Lincoln Nadauld, MD, PhD, Intermountain genomics and health precision.
  • Baseline assessment of hand hygiene practices and ICU microbiology — Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH, professor of medicine; Bill Beninati, MD, Intermountain critical care medicine.
  • Developing a precision-based approach for the diagnosis and prognosis of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in the community — Francois Haddad, MD, clinical associate professor of cardiovascular medicine; Kirk Knowlton, MD, Intermountain cardiovascular medicine.
  • Translational approaches to the mechanisms of septic cardiomyopathy — Euan Ashley, MRCP, DPhil, associate professor of cardiovascular medicine; Samuel Brown, MD, Intermountain critical care medicine.
  • Implementation and evaluation of graduating from pediatric to adult care — Korey Hood, PhD, clinical professor of pediatrics; Aimee Hersh, MD, Intermountain pediatrics.
  • Impact of donor-derived BK virus infection and immune recovery in kidney transplant recipients — Benjamin Pinsky, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and of infectious diseases; Diane Alonso, MD, Intermountain transplant services.
  • Development and implementation of a digital health-care program for patients with atrial fibrillation — Mintu Turakhia, MD, assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine; Jared Bunch, MD, Intermountain heart-rhythm services.

More information about the grant program is available by emailing

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