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Translational Science 2016 Award Opportunities

Learn about the awards offered each year at the Translational Science Meeting.  To see a list of past award winners, please click here.


Burroughs Wellcome Fund Trainee Travel Awards

NOTE: The application period for the 2016 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Trainee Travel Awards is now closed.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has generously supported early career scholars and pre-doctoral trainees to take part in the annual Translational Science meeting since 2009. The $20,000 Burroughs Wellcome Fund grants provide trainees and scholars with travel awards to use toward airfare or hotel expenses for Translational Science 2016. The scholars and trainees take part in unique career development activities, including mock study sections, meetings with NIH program officers, seminars on scientific career development, NIH tours, and research presentations.




Amrita V. Pai, MS Cytotoxic IL-17+ T-Cells Contribute to Hypertension in Ovariectomized Rats Georgetown University/Howard University
Andrea Wolf Formulation Optimization for a Low-Volume Resuscitation Fluid for Hemorrhagic Shock University of Minnesota
Andrew Breck The Effect of SNAP Participation on Health Status and Obesity New York University
Andrew Ligsay Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Ganaxolone in Children with Fragile X Syndrome University of California, Davis
Sophia Kwon Metabolic Biomarker Validation and Clinomics of WTC-Lung Injury New York University School of Medicine
Syed Hissam Haider Aerodigestive Continuum: GERD and Barrett’s Esophagus in WTC Exposed Firefighters New York University School of Medicine
Ashley Marie Lakoduk Availability of Oncology Clinical Trials for Medically Underserved Populations UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Avi Levin Tumor-associate Proteasomal Assembly is a Potential Therapeutic Target The Rockefeller University
Beau Abar Examining Barriers to Treatment for Depression in Older Adulthood using Experimental Methods University of Rochester Medical Center
Cameron Paul Upchurch Etomidate vs Ketamine for Rapid Sequence Intubation of Adult Traumatic Brain Injured Patients Vanderbilt University
David William McIlwain APE1/Ref-1 Reduces Survivin Protein Expression in Castrate-Resistant Prostate Cancer Indiana University School of Medicine
Diana Rosa Hernandez Quantification β-aminopropionitrile in vitro release of PLGA perivascular scaffold by TSQ LC-MS University of Miami
Gordon Smith Protein Supplementation During Weight Loss Attenuates Muscle Loss Without Affecting Muscle Function Washington University in St. Louis
Guadalupe Lorenzatti Hiles ADAM15 is Functionally Associated with the Metastatic Progression of Human Bladder Cancer University of Michigan School of Medicine
Harry J. Han ACVR1-mutant Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas Acquire Aberrant BMP Pathway Activation to Activin. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Jeff Flynn Evidence and Role for Bacterial Mucin Degradation in Cystic Fibrosis Airway Disease University of Minnesota CTSI
Jennie H. Kwon, DO The Food of Hospitalized Patients as a Risk Factor for Acquisition of Clostridium difficile Washington University in St. Louis
Jennifer Erves Identifying Racial Differences in Parental Knowledge, Attitudes, and Willingness for Adolescent Part Vanderbilt University
Jennifer Kwan Differential Visceral Adipocyte exosomal miRNA Expression Between Normal and Diabetic Subjects University of Illinois at Chicago
Joseph A. Conrad Development of High-Sensitivity HIV Diagnostics for Low Resource Settings Vanderbilt University
Julia C. Phillippi Patient-Centered Interprofessional Collaboration for At-Risk Pregnant Women Vanderbilt University
Jun Yoshino, MD, PhD Effects of Progressive Weight Loss on Adipose Tissue Transcriptome Profiling and Insulin Sensitivity Washington University in St. Louis
Lora Katherine Talley Watts Neuroprotective effects of Chronic Oral Methylene Blue Treatment in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
Makia Powers Pre-Hypertension and Hypertension in Adolescent and Young Adult Black Men Morehouse School of Medicine
Mike Veenstra Preferential Transmigration of HIV-infected Mature Monocytes into the CNS: HIV Reservoirs and HAND. Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Nancy Bartolotti CREB as a Biomarker for Cognitive Function in Alzheimer’s Disease University of Illinois at Chicago
Octavia M. Palmer Zinc finger Protein 816 is a Repressor of the Human Toll-like Receptor Signaling Pathway University of Pittsburgh
Phylicia Anne Robins Molecular Basis of Fungal Meningoencephalitis due to Blood-Brain Barrier Invasion by C.neoformans University of California, Davis
Ponni Perumalswami HepCure: An Innovative Web-based Toolkit to Train a New Cohort of Hepatitis C Providers and Increase Mount Sinai School Of Medicine
Quinn R. Pack Development and Validation of a Predictive Model for Short and Medium Term Hospital Readmission foll Baystate Medical Center
Robert Morris Blanton, Jr. Understanding the Role of Mixed Lineage Kinase in Human Cardiovascular Disease Tufts Medical Center
Shanna Alexandria Arnold Analysis of shed ALCAM as a Prognostic Marker in Clear Cell Renal Cancer Vanderbilt University
Taren M. Swindle An Exploratory Sequential Study to Develop an Assessment of Factors Influencing Implementation of Be University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
Terence Williams KRAS Oncogenic Mutations Induce intrisic Resistance to Radiation Through Upregulation of DNA Repair The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Thomas Coughlin, PhD Elucidating New Targets for Bone Cancers Using In Vitro Mechanotransduction of Osteosarcoma Cells New York University, General Clinical Research Center
Thomas Julian Ow, MD Dual Targeting of Apoptosis in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Tiffany G. Woynaroski, PhD, CCC-SLP Using Automated Vocal Analysis to Predict Word use in Preverbal Preschoolers with Autism Vanderbilt University
Tilicia Mayo-Gamble, PhD, MA, MPH, CHES Application of a Behavioral Theory to Identify Determinants of Sickle Cell Trait Screening Vanderbilt University
Joanna Yang Adolescent Mental Health InSciEd Out: Translating Science Education to Health Promotion Mayo Clinic
Zachary Andrew Vesoulis The Impact of High-Dose Caffeine on Seizure Burden in Extremely Preterm Neonates Washington University in St. Louis

Translational Science Awards for Career Achievement and Contributions

NOTE: The nominations period for the 2016 Career Achievement Awards is now closed.

Four awards will be given at Translational Science 2016 that recognize senior investigators whose innovative research or education leadership has had a major impact on or through clinical and translational science. The recipients of these awards will each be awarded $1,000 and compensation for travel expenses.

The Four Distinguished Investigator Awards include:

  • Edward H. Ahrens, Jr. Distinguished Investigator Award: This award is named in honor of Edward H. (Pete) Ahrens, Jr., recognizing a senior investigator whose innovative research has had a major impact on clinical practice and health care for the benefit of the public.
  • ACTS Distinguished Educator Award: This award recognizes an investigator who has distinguished him or herself as a researcher, mentor and academic leader. Students and trainees are also invited to submit nominations. 
  • AFMR Outstanding Investigator Award: This Award recognizes an investigator’s pathway to excellence in achieving an independent research career in biomedical research. The recipient will be required to present his/her research at the AFMR Henry Christian Dinner.
  • Team Science Award: This award recognizes the importance of interdisciplinary teams to the translation of research discoveries into clinical applications and eventually widespread clinical practice. Nominations are invited of senior investigators who have had national impact by virtue of contributions to clinical and translational science in each of the above designated categories.