MedStar-Georgetown Partnership Research Grants Awarded

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Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar Health Research Institute have announced the results of the second cycle of MedStar-Georgetown Partnership research grants.

Robert Clarke, PhD, dean of research at GUMC, and Neil J. Weissman, MD, president of MedStar Health Research Institute said in their announcement, “MedStar Health Partnership Research Grants have become a demonstration of the importance of clinical research to both organizations.”

The goal of the intramural grants is to foster new MedStar-Georgetown collaborations that will lead to increased external grant funding. This second round of partnership grants resulted in four new grant proposals awards.

“We received a doubling of submissions that developed new cross-campus collaborations. Partnership grants awarded in the first round have already resulted in the creation of new knowledge through new MedStar-Georgetown collaborations,” said Clarke and Weissman.

The Fall 2013 grants are as follows:

The Role of Gabapentin in Concussion

Mark Patrick Burns, PhD

Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, Department of Neurosciences

Marilyn Kraus, MD

Associate Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital

Associations of Postoperative Wound Dehiscence: A Cohort Study Using Pooled Electronic Health Record Date from Explorys

Victoria Shanmugam, MBBS, MRCP

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Nawar M. Shara, PhD

Director, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, MedStar Research Health Institute

Identification of Papillomaviruses in Skin Lesions induced by BRAF Inhibitors and in vitro Analysis

Suraj Venna, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Hang Yuan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology, Georgetown University Medical School

Role of Methylated DNA in Regulation of Treg Cell Activation and Inhibition and its Clinical Application to Allergic and Autoimmune Diseases and Cancer

Milton L. Brown, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center, Center for Drug Discovery

Jason G. Umans, MD, PhD

Scientific Director, Penn Medical Lab, MedStar Health Research Institute

For more information about the Partnership Grants, e-mail Michele Lee Clements at

By David Blanco, GUMC Communications

(Published September 17, 2013)