Pain Research Challenge
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh, is soliciting applications to the Pain Research Challenge. Awards will be funded by the Virginia Kaufman Endowment Fund and CTSI. Research solutions can address the dynamics of pain, causes and alleviation of pain, and treatment to prevent and/or mitigate pain. Solutions should address a specific problem in the area(s) of pain including mechanism, treatments, modalities and impacts of acute and chronic pain. Pain can include both physiological and psychological factors.
While individuals are welcome to apply, university partnerships or cross-disciplinary teams are encouraged. Teams with connections among other universities and community organizations are highly encouraged. At least one team member must be a University of Pittsburgh faculty member.
Two projects received a $75,000 award. Winners of the 2018 Pain Research Challenge were announced at the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research Seminar Series on May 16, 2018.
Big Data Analytics for Treatment Decision-Making
Brief Description: Analyzing a continuously updated treatment registry to match the right patient to the right treatment in real time.
Team Members: Ajay D. Wasan, MD, Jong-Hyeon Jeong, PhD, Andrea Gillman PhD, & Di Zhang
Ketamine to Reduce the Burden of Postpartum Pain
Brief Description: Comparing intraoperative ketamine infusion to placebo, among women presenting for cesarean delivery.
Team Members: Grace Lim, MD MS, Steve Caritis, MD, Ajay Wasan MD, Stacy Beck, MD, Raman Venkataramanan, PhD
The round one application period will be announced in 2019. At this time, you will be able to submit your application by following a link provided on this website.
Letters of intent will be circulated to a panel of judges and may be circulated publicly. Letters of intent should not include proprietary information.
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The mission of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at the University of Pittsburgh is to improve the efficiency with which biomedical advances translate to improvements in the health of the community. CTSI is transforming the process of clinical and translational research through the provision of research and educational resources, thus training and enabling scientists to generate and translate new biomedical knowledge.
One of the goals of CTSI is to encourage collaboration and creativity to produce novel research ideas. To encourage creativity and lower barriers to entry we are utilizing non-traditional application mechanisms to award projects funding. To learn more about CTSI, visit www.ctsi.pitt.edu.
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