SC CTSI Announces Awards to 12 Researchers at USC and CHLA

Congratulations to the 12 winners selected from among 70 proposals submitted by the research communities at USC and CHLA.

January 18, 2017

The awards were given in the areas of Clinical and Community Research, and Research Methods and Processes.

Among the funded SC CTSI Pilot Award proposals for the 2016 Fall cycle are:

Feasibility of implementing and conducting a 12-week HIIT in BCS during chemotherapy
Principal Investigator: Christina Dieli-Conwright, PhD, USC Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy

Prevalence and Risk Factors Associated with Anaerobic Bacteremia in Children
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Dien Bard, PhD, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Role of quantitative contrast-enhanced ultrasound in yttrium-90 (90Y) radioembolization of hepatocellular carcinoma
Principal Investigator: Harshawn Malhi, MD, Keck School of Medicine

The Impact of Evidence-Based Parent Training on Pediatric Health Service Utilization
Principal Investigator: Dean Coffey, PsyD, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles

Fitting local EMS response to multi-need older adults through a community-engaged process
Principal Investigator: William Vega, PhD, Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

A Novel Radioepigenomics Approach to Discriminate Aggressive from Indolent Renal Cell Carcinoma
Principal Investigator: Vinay Duddalwar, MD, Keck School of Medicine

Near-roadway air pollution and brain-behavior risk factors for obesity in young adults
Principal Investigator: Megan Herting, PhD, Keck School of Medicine

Identification of Clinically Actionable Genomic Lesions in Pediatric Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma
Principal Investigator: Matthew Oberley, MD, PhD, Keck School of Medicine

Time Intensity Curve Analysis in Contrast Enhanced Ultrasound Evaluation of EphB4 as a Therapeutic Target in the Treatment of Renal Cell Carcinoma
Principal Investigator: Kevin King, MD, Keck School of Medicine

Improving patient activation among Hispanic breast cancer patients
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Unger, PhD, Keck School of Medicine

Proposals Jointly funded by CTSI and the ADRC (Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center):

BrainWorks: A Comparative Effectiveness Trial to Examine Text Message-Based Alzheimer’s Disease Education for Community-Dwelling African Americans
Principal Investigator: Karen Lincoln, PhD, MSW, Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Functional Connectivity Response to DHA supplementation in ApoE ɛ4 carriers
Principal Investigator: Hussein Yassine, MD, Keck School of Medicine

The Spring 2017 application cycle is open. Please visit for more details and to apply.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.