Global Health Faculty Research Catalyzer

Research Catalyzer Funding

Global Health Faculty Research Catalyzer

The Faculty Research Catalyzer is funded by Feinberg School of Medicine’s GHI Fund, which was founded by and is generously supported by Northwestern Medicine Primary & Specialty Care and its patients. Each award has a maximum budget of $25,000.

Global Health

The purpose of this grant is to provide research support to Northwestern faculty who are a) collecting preliminary data to support a future grant submission and/or b) supplemental support for ongoing sponsored-research for work outside the aims and/or scope of work of the funded project. The fund is not meant to support the same aims of an existing study or projects that lack a specific plan to obtain sponsor-support. For example, investigators are encouraged to cite a specific RFA from NIH (or other sponsor) to which the catalyzer funds would build the case for a future grant submission. Faculty must have a full-time appointment at Northwestern University and be an active member of the Center for Global Health for at least the past six months. CGH's current members are listed here. Eligible projects must have a significant component of the study based in a low or middle-income country.

The first round of CGH awards for 2017 will go to Dr. Claudia Hawkins for her continued work on HIV and HIV/HBV co-infection and burden of hepatocellular carcinoma and liver disease; Drs. Lifang Hou and Jintao Wang for research on the relationship between HPV infections and vaginal microbiota; Dr. Mamoudou Maiga towards development of a new diagnostic test to differentiate between strains of tuberculosis in collaboration with the Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (CIGHT); and Dr. Adam Murphy for his research on prostate cancer prevalence in Nigeria.

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Primary Care

The purpose of this grant is to provide peer reviewed research support to Northwestern faculty who are a) collecting preliminary data to support a future grant submission and/or b) supplemental support for ongoing sponsored-research for work outside the aims and/or scope of work of the funded project. The fund is not meant to support the same aims of an existing study or projects that lack a specific plan to obtain sponsor-support. For example, investigators are encouraged to cite a specific RFA from NIH (or other sponsor) to which the catalyzer funds would build the case for a future grant submission.

The CPCI awarded two grants for the first round of 2017. Preference for these awards is given to projects that include research activities for medical students, residents and fellows. NU Assistant Professor, Theresa Rowe, DO will focus her research on assessing the incidence and identifying risk factors for the overprescribing of medications and screening procedures to older adults by primary care providers. Dr. Rowe will complete her project under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Persell and will assist in the development of a tool for physicians that can be incorporated into the electronic health record. Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Emily Lattie’s research involves the treatment of depression and anxiety through mobile and web-based technology.

This technology offers the opportunity to fill a needs-gap in alternatives to pharmacologic treatments for mental health. The goal of her work is to develop a technology-enabled service for mental health based at Northwestern Medicine Physician Partners. She will conduct this work under the mentorship of Dr. David Mohr.

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