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About Pilot Research Grants

Up to 5 pilot grants of $20,000 each will be awarded each year. Grants are given on a competitive basis to mentees of minority background conducting neuro-AIDS research. Awardees of these grants have been called “Scholars.”

The progress of these scholars is closely watched and reviewed each month at the Executive Committee meetings. Feedback and advice as appropriate is provided to each of the scholars.

Previous Research Scholars: Summer Acevedo, Melissa Angsalda, Juliana Perez-Laspiur and Jose Rodrigues

Previous Pilot Grant Awardees: Jose Rodrigues, Marilou Andres, Valerie Toodle, Crystal Watkins, and Charlene Gamaldo

2009 Course: Pilot Projects or JHU Research Training

Student Name & Dates; Mentor

Home Institution

Pilot Grant: Imaging Immune Mechanisms of Depression Older HIV Patients

Crystal Watkins, MD, PhD

(African American Minority)

JHU

Pilot Grant: An Expanded Look at the Relationship between HIV-associated Neuropathy and Insomnia

Charlene Gamaldo, MD

(African American Minority)

JHU

2008 Course: Pilot Projects or JHU Research Training

Student Name & Dates; Mentor

Home Institution

JHU Trainee: Techniques/methodologies to generate primary neuronal cell cultures from rat brain and learn to conduct neurotoxicity assays

Juliana Perez Laspuir, PhD

(Hispanic Minority)

7/13/2008-7/28/2008;

Mentor: Joseph Steiner

University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, School of Medicine

JHU Trainee

Proteinomics techniques; how to properly analyze proteins in CSF. 

Summer Acevedo, PhD

(Hispanic Minority)

Requests Summer, 2009

Mentor Request: Avi Nath

University of Puerto Rico, San Juan  School of Medicine

Pilot Grant: Elucidation of the neuroprotective effects of triazoles against HIV

Valerie Toodle
(African American Minority)

Graduate Student

JHU

Pilot Grant:  ApoE expression in the CSF of patients with HIV

Marilou Andres, PhD
(Filipino Minority)
Assistant Research Professor

University of Hawaii

Funded R25 Pilot Grant: (Originally submitted as a Center Developmental Project): Neuroprotective effect of tobacco cembranoid (4R)-2,7,11-cembratriene-4,6, diol: Therapeutic implications for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND)

Jose Rodriguez, PhD
(Hispanic Minority)

Associate Professor

Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine

2007 Course: Pilot Projects or JHU Research Training

Student Name & Dates; Mentor

Home Institution

JHU Trainee:

Use of peptide-nucleic acid probes in conjunction with staining cell surface markers and flow cytometry to quantitate HIV-infected cells;

Abstract submitted: 2009 CROI

R31 application predoctoral fellowship

Melissa Agsalda, PhD
(Filipino Minority) Candidate;

6/24/2008-8/1/2008

Mentor:  Amanda Brown, MD, PhD

Univ. of HI, Leahi

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

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