Departmental Research Projects

Population-Based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens (PROSPR)

Principal Investigators: Ethan Halm, M.D., M.P.H., and Celette Skinner, Ph.D.
Funding Sources: National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute
Objective: Researchers aim to optimize colon cancer screening through personalized regimens in an integrated safety-net clinical provider network serving a large and diverse population of under- and uninsured patients in Dallas. The study is being completed in partnership with the Division of Behavioral and Communication Sciences.
Study website: PROSPR

Long-Term Outcomes of Carotid Endarterectomy in the Elderly

Principal Investigator: Ethan Halm, M.D., M.P.H.
Funding Sources: NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Objective: This project will determine the long term outcomes of CEA by examining 5- and 10-year death and stroke-free survival in a large, population-based, statewide cohort. The study is being completed in partnership with the Division of General Internal Medicine.

The Fair Park Cancer Prevention Pilot Study: A Community-Academic Partnership

Principal Investigator: Sandi Pruitt, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Funding Source: Program for the Development and Evaluation of Model Community Health Initiatives in Dallas (PDEMCHID)
Objectives: Researchers aim to develop and validate measures of neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation representing neighborhood features important for cancer screening behavior. Researchers will also test the feasibility of recruiting research participants from Community Crossroads Services' food bank, a critical entry point into safety net services for the most vulnerable Fair Park residents. 

Project collaborators include the University of Texas at Dallas' Economics and Geospatial Science departments. 

Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Subspecialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR)

Principal Investigator: Una Makris, M.D.
Funding Sources: NIH/National Institute on Aging
Objective: To understanding the impact of restricting back pain in community-living older persons

Harnessing the EMR to Reduce Delays in the Diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes: A Systems-Based, Decision Support Approach

Principal Investigator: Michael Bowen, M.D., M.P.H.
Funding Source: UT System grant
Objective: This proposal will leverage the Epic EMR at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) to improve the detection and follow-up testing rates of abnormal glucose values in real-world practice. Our specific aims are:

  • To characterize the epidemiology of abnormal random glucose measurements and failures in timely follow-up of these test abnormalities in adults without a known diagnosis of diabetes.
  • To conduct a cluster randomized, pragmatic trial comparing the effectiveness of two intervention strategies for reducing failures in timely follow-up of abnormal RPGs compared to usual care.
  • Visit-based, EMR-enabled case identification and real-time decision support plus automated follow-up reminders to patients who fail to complete ordered lab tests.
  • EMR-enabled case identification and population case management outreach to patients outside of routine office care notifying patients of abnormal glucose results and recommending follow-up lab testing for diabetes.