2009 CVI Seed Grants Recipients

Thirty-nine proposals were submitted by interdisciplinary research teams for the Cardiovascular Institute's 2009 seed grants. The most impressive and diverse yet, the submissions propose innovative ideas and collaborators from over fifteen departments. 

A considerable number of proposals received high-scores, making it impossible for the judges--Drs. John Cooke, Mark Hlatky, Robert Robbins, and Sofie Kleppner--to choose only three. Thus, after lengthy consideration, the judges unanimously elected to fund SIX proposals at $100,000 each. 

Congratulations to the 2009 winners of Cardiovascular Institute seed grants!
And many thanks to the judges for their thoughtful analysis.

PI: Euan Ashley, MRCP, PhD
James Spudich, PhD

Molecular and Cellular Dynamics of Human Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Mutations

PI: Ada Poon, PhD
Amin Al-Ahmad, MD
Paul Wang, MD

Focused Electromagnetic Energy for Myocardial Ablation

PI: CP Chang, MD, PhD
Gerald Crabtree, MD

Exploring the Mechanisms of Cardiac Hypertrophy Controlled by the BAF Complex

PI: Bala Rajaratnam
Euan Ashley, MRCP, PhD
Phil Tsao, PhD

Novel Methodologies for Gene Network Interaction Analysis in Cardiovascular Disease

Co-PI: Sarah Heilshorn, PhD
CO-PI: Eric Chiao, PhD

Vascular Tissue Engineering with Human Pluripotent Stem Cells and Designer Protein-based Scaffolds

PI: Marcia Stefanick, PhD
Stacy Sims, PhD
Sandra Tsai, MD, MPH
Craig Heller, PhD

A Pilot Study: Decreasing Physiological and Psychosocial Barriers to Physical Activity in Sedentary Obese Women