UTSW/TAMU Collaborative Pilot Award
The UTSW/TAMU Interdisciplinary and Cross-institutional Pilot Award Program provides funding for collaborative translational endeavors related to pre-clinical drug development.
Two pilot grants are awarded each year to a pair of UTSW/TAMU collaborators with a promising research project.
Applications Selected for Year 1 and Year 2:
December 2021 Awards ($25K/Award)
- Sarah Hamer, M.S., Ph.D., D.V.M., DACVPM (epi), and Ashley Saunders, D.V.M., DACVIM (Cardiology) - TAMU CVMBS - Advancing Antiparasitic Treatment Options for Chagas Disease Using Naturally-Infected Canines in Texas as a Model Study System
- Assess the therapeutic potential of various antiparasitic treatment options for Chagas disease
- Utilize naturally-infected dogs to monitor selected measures of cardiac health over time
- Anne Newell-Fugate, D.V.M., Ph.D., M.Sc., and Christine Heaps, Ph.D., M.S. - TAMU CVMBS - Impact of Exercise on the Coronary Perivasculature Adipose Tissue
- Characterize the effects of endurance exercise training on adipose tissue surrounding coronary arteries
- Employ a porcine treadmill model to investigate epicardial adipose tissue
June 2022 Awards ($40K/Award)
- Chuck Long, Ph.D., (TAMU CVMBS) and Jun Wu, Ph.D., (UTSW) - Developing Novel Technologies for Reliable Production of Large Animal Models of Human Disease
- Evaluate the developmental competency of ovine blastoids and blastoid-embryo chimeras
- Generate a large animal model of human disease from engineered ovine ESCs through blastoid generation
- Sarguru Subash, BVSc, Ph.D., (TAMU CVMBS) and Philippe Zimmern, M.D., (UTSW) - A Miniature Pig Model of Urinary Tract Infection
- Establish a model of bacterial UTI in miniature pigs
- Develop a platform to evaluate next generation prophylactics and therapeutics against UTI
Questions about the UTSW/TAMU Collaborative Pilot Award Program?
For more information, contact the UTSW/TAMU Pilot Awards via CTSAProgram@UTSouthwestern.edu.