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Awarded Projects


KL2 Career Development Award (GY02)

Name Institution Project Title
Homa Ahmadzia The George Washington University Prevention of postpartum hemorrhage: identifying women at risk and PK/PD of Tranexamic acid
John Strang Children's National Anthropometric and Neural Correlates in Co-Occuring Autism and Gender Dysphoria

CTSI-CN v2.0 GY01 GW Winter Voucher Award Program

Name Institution Project Title
Marcos Perez-Losada The George Washington University Transmission of pathogens and antimicrobial resistance genes by fecal transplant in children
Ali Ramezani The George Washington University Investigation of plasma and urine miRNA profiles associated with progression of CKD in teh CRIC cohort
Ian Toma The George Washington University Immune response to Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination in neonates born to HIV infected pregnant women
Amanda Visek The George Washington University Secondary analysis of the FUN MAPS to sustain sport-based physical activities

CTSI-CN v2.0 GY01 GW Winter Voucher Award Program



Project Title
Andrea Beaton Children's National Understanding the Natural History of Latent RHD in Ugandan Youth
Kazue Hashimoto-Torii Children's National Consulting for Preparation of NIH/NIAAA STTR Application
Lana Ismail Children's National Evaluating echocardiography use for murmurs in the newborn nursery
Lauren Kenworthy Children's National

Community-Based Intervention for Children with ADHD and ASD

Tessie October Children's National Enhancing Physician Communication Skills
Shilpa Patel Children's National StethAid for Lungs: A mobile app for recording lungs sounds  
Subechhya Pradhan Children's National Optimizing Imaging Techniques for Fetal and Neonatal MRI
Mary Revenis Children's National Inflammatory and Brain Injury Biomarkers of Injury in Animal Model of Apnea of Prematurity
Christopher Spurney Children's National Longitudinal functional outcomes with a focus of cardiac health in boys and adolescents with muscular dystrophy
Laura Tosi Children's National Validation of genome association studies

KL2 Career Development Award (GY01)

Name Institution Project Title
Aileen Chang George Washignton University

Zika-induced Guillain-Barre Syndrome: Elucidating the role of antibodies

Sarah Mulkey Children's National

Dysautonomia of prematurity and neurologic outcome



CTSI-CN v2.0 GY01 Fall Voucher Award Program

Name Institution Project Title
Binny Chokshi Children's National Assessment of Feedback delivered by Faculty During Observed Structured Clinical Examination
Uriyoan Colon-Ramos The George Washington University Understanding the social drivers for health: Mechanisms between family environment and diet quality among Latino adults and youth
Nikki Posnack Childen's National Pediatric risk assessment of medical device polymers

CTSI-CN Voucher Award Program

Name Institution Project Title
Youssef Kousa Children's National Identification of host genetic risk factors in Congenital Zika Syndrome

CTSI-CN v2.0 GY01 2016-2017 Pilot Award

Name Institution Project Title
Sudeepta K. Basu Children's National In vivo quantification of gama-aminobutyric acid in the developing brain of preterm infants
M. Chiara Manzini The George Washington University Defining the molecular mechanisms of sex differences in neurodevelopmental disorders
Ashley Darcy-Mahoney The George Washington University Characterizing Sensory Hypersensitivities in young toddlers with Autism
Nikki Gillum Posnack Children's National

Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Models for Pediatric Risk Assessment

Allison C. Meni Sylvetsky The George Washington University Low-calorie sweeteners induce metabolic dysregulation via alterations in adipose signaling
Maureen Monaghan Children's National Improving Health Communication in Adolescents and Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes
Marcos Perez-Losada The George Washington University Connect to Conquer: Integrating Clinical, Genomic and Microbial Information to Better Characterize Pediatric Asthma
John M. Schreiber Children's National

Use of Echocardiography to Assess Subclinical Myocardial Damage in Children with Refractory Epilepsy or Status Epilepticus

Yin Wang Children's National

Identification of a Druggable Target for MYC Inhibition for Treatment of Group 3 Medulloblastoma

The Connor Family Innovation Award 

Name Institution Project Title
Justin Burton Children's National

A novel mechanical hippotherapy training platformsimulator for children with neurological/musculoskeletal disabilities

Clinical Studies Support/Clinical Research Center Voucher Award

Name Institution Project Title
Kimberly Chapman

Children's National

Bio-repository for cells, tissues, and DNA

Sarah Evans

Children's National

Effects of tactile therapy on hand function in children with hemiplegic cerebal palsy: A feasibility study
Sharyn Malcolm

Children's National

Reproductive Issues in Adolescent Females with Polycystic Ovary

Innovative Strategies and Services Voucher Award

Name Institution Project Title
Li-Jin Chew Children's National

Sox17-induced alterations in beta-catenin-associated proteins

Andrea Hahn Children's National Metagenomic evaluation of the lung microbiome with antibiotic treatment in cystic fibrosis
Matthew Oetgen Children's National

Structural Health Monitoring of Spinal Growing Rods - Design and Production of Instruments

Yanxin Pei Children's National

Overcoming Therapeutic Resistance in MYC-driven Group 3 Medulloblastoma

Nikki Posnack Children's National Cardiovascular health risks associated with phthalate exposure
Masaaki Torii Children's National

Identification of Proteins Involved with Corpus Callosum Refinement



Pilot Research Awards for Faculties of Children’s National and George Washington University

Name Institution Project Title
Cynthia Dowd

The George Washington University

Targeting Malaria Through Inhibition of MEP Isoprenoid Biosynthesis
Monica Hubal

The George Washington University

Are Insulin Signaling Improvements following Bariatric Surgery Driven by Adipose-Derived Exosomal microRNA Changes
Amanda Levin Children's National Pediatric Rapid Response Teams: Improve the Team to Improve Patient Outcomes
Javad Nazarian Children's National Reversal of Aberrant Cancer Epigenome
Nikki Gillum Posnack

The George Washington University

Assessing cardiovascular health risks due to plasticizer exposure in chronically transfused patients

Brian Reilly Children's National EARgraft: Improved ear drum repair using a custom 3D bioprinted graft
Zungho Wesley Zun Children's National

Non-invasive imaging of placental insufficiency using in vivo arterial spin labeled MRI



Pilot Research Awards for Faculties of Children’s National and George Washington University (Cycle XIII)

Name Institution Project Title
Anne Chiaramello

George Washington University

A Novel Epigenetic and Metabolic Approach for the Pediatric Mitochondrial Disease MELAS

Niti Dham Children's National

Early Detection of Cardiac Toxicity in Childhood Cancer Survivors

Yaser Diab Children's National High on-Aspirin Platelet Reactivity /Aspirin Resistance in Children Undergoing Fontan Palliation for Single Ventricle Physiology
Rohan Fernandes Children's National Prussian blue nanoparticles for laser-induced photothermal therapy of neuroblastomas
Michael Keller   Adoptive immunotherapy for Treatment of Viral Infections in Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders
Mohamad Koubeissi

George Washington University

Low Frequency Stimulation in Epilepsy
M. Chiara Manzini

George Washington University

Determining how disorders of cell-extracellular matrix interaction disrupt brain development

Gustavo Nino Children's National

Molecular, Clinical and Imaging Biomarkers of Severity of Viral Respiratory Illness in Children

Brian Reilly Children's National

A New Surgical Approach to Otitis Media: Dissolvable On Demand Tympanostomy Tubes

Yin Wang Children's National Targeting Early T-cell precursor Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia with Hypoxia inducible factor 1α

Clinical Studies Support/Clinical Research Center Voucher Award


Children's National

Project Name
Hema Dave

Children's National

Correlation of P450 liver enzyme CYP2C19 with azole metabolism

Victoria Gomez-Lobo

Children's National

Disorders of Sexual Development-Translational Research Network

Joshua Kanter & Nefthi Sandeep

Children's National

A molecular assay of angiogenesis in cyanotic heart disease patients with aortopulmonary collateral vessels
Catherine Limperopoulos

Children's National

Antecedents of Impaired Brain Development in Fetuses with Heart Disease

Gustavo Nino

Children's National

Maturational Changes in Airway Response to Viral Infections
James Robinson George Washington University Use of Intravenous Tranexamic Acid During Myomectomy: A Randomized Double-Blind Placebo Controlled Trial
Nora Stinley

Children's National

Feasibility and Outcomes of Complementary and Alternative Pain Management 
Adeline Vanderver

Children's National

New Diagnostic Approaches in Leukodystrophy
Christopher Vaughan

Children's National

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion Biorepository 

ISS, Innovation Award

Name Institution Project Title
Michele Mietus-Snyder Children's National

IDEAL Friends Mobile or Web App

Catheeja Ismail

George Washington University

Sarcopenia screening: development of a feedback-augmented, portable, ultrasound device

Eleanor Mackey Children's National FLIP IT! Providing Teens with Tools for Lifetime Weight Management
Sheela Stuart Children's National

THIC (Thickened-liquid Calculator)

Edward Wong Children's National

Development of a novel medical device for extracorporeal treatment of hyperbilirubinemia

ISS, Translational Technology Voucher Award

Name Institution Project Name
Anne Chiaramello George Washington University Pharmaco-epigenetic manipulation of mitochondrial homeostasis: therapeutic implications for the pediatric mitochondrial neurodegenerative disease MELAS
Sebahattin Cirak

Children's National

Identification of disease genes in exome-negative CMD patients using RNAseq

Joseph Devaney

Children's National

Regulation of Exercise Response by the Fat Mass and Obesity-Associated (FTO) Gene

Svetlana Ghimbovschi

Children's National

Integrative Systems Biology approach in patients with Uterus Leiomyoma

Yetrib Hathout

Children's National

Development of surrogate biomarkers to monitor disease progression and response to treatment in Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Hiroki Morizono

Children's National

Gene therapy for urea cycle disorders: Pharmacologic augmentation of gene therapy with N-carbamylglutamate
Javad Nazarian

Children's National

Molecular Heterogeneity of Pediatric Brain Tumors

Terence Partridge

Children's National

Tracing the proteomic changes that accord with onset of disease in dysferlin-deficient skeletal muscle

Brian Rood

Children's National

Sub-Group Specific Medulloblastoma Protein Biomarkers
Mary Rose

Children's National

A Quantitative Proteomics Approach towards identifying the pathogenesis of CF lung disease

Mariam Said

Children's National

Evaluation of Ro52/TRIM21 polymorphism as a predictor for the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)

Xiaofang Wu

Children's National

Identification of the Genes/Pathways that Induce Submucosal Gland Hyperplasia/Hypertrophy following exposure to Tobacco Smoke 



Clinical Studies Support/Clinical Research Center Voucher Award

Name Institution Project Title
Robert Avery Children's National

Neuro-ophthalmology Biobank and Data Registry

Kimberly Chapman Children's National Clinical and Basic Investigations of Methylmalonic Acidemia and Related Disorders
Susan Knoblach Children's National Biomarkers of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Adolescents
Adeline Vanderver Children's National

New Diagnostic Approaches in Leukodystrophy

ISS, Technology Transfer Voucher Award

Name Institution Project Title
Brian Kirmse Children's National

The genetics of metabolism in HIV exposed and infected children 

Judy Liu Children's National Transcriptome Profiling of Focal Epilepsy
Dominic Raj

George Washington University

MicroRNA as biomarker in glomerular disease

KL2 (Cycle V)

Name Institution Project Title
Emily Meier Children's National Reticulocyte as Risk Marker: Targeted Therapy for Infants with Sickle Cell Anemia
Nickie Niforatos Children's National

Brain Development in the Fetus with Growth Restriction

Pilot Research Awards for Faculties of Children’s National and George Washington University (Cycle XII)

Name Institution Project Title
Monika Goyal Children's National Universal Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening in the Emergency Department:  A Pilot Study to assess Acceptability, Feasibility, and Prevalence
Steven Hardy Children's National

Feasibility and efficacy of a home-based, computerized cognitive training program in pediatric sickle cell disease

Kazue Hashimoto-Torii Children's National Mechanisms generating cellular heterogeneity of stress response in the brain in fetuses exposed to environmental stresses
Richard Levy Children's National Developing a novel therapy for brainstem gliomas
Matthew Oetgen Children's National Development of novel non-invasive growth plate ablation treatment for children with limb-length discrepancy using MR-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound 
Elizabeth Wells Children's National Assessment of Dissociative Steroids as Dexamethasone Substitute for Pediatric Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

Collaborative Research Grants for Children’s National, George Washington University, and Virginia Tech Faculty (Cycle XI)

Name Institution Project Title
Josep Bassaganya-Riera, Raquel Hontecillas, Roberta DeBiasi & David Diemert VT/VT/Children's National/GW Modeling Host Responses to Clinical Influenza Virus Clinical Isolates
Harry Dorn & Anthony Sandler VT/Children's National Antibody-Conjugated Endohedral Metallofullerene B7-H3 and IL-13 Nanoparticles for Targeted Neuroblastoma Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications
Anelia Horvath, David Mittelman, & Raja Mazumder GW/VT/GW

Novel Bioinformatics Tools for Alignment of Genomic & Transcriptomic NGS Data

Enusha Karunasena, Harold Garner & Brian Rood VT/VT/Children's National

Identifying Medulloblastoma specific DNA Microsatellite Variance-Associated Targets to Create High Affinity Peptide-Based Ligands as Molecular Diagnostic Tools

Judy Liu & Alexei Morozov

Children's National/VT

Cellular and Molecular Basis of Focal Refractory Epilepsies
Lissett Bickford, An Massaro, Karun Sharma, Raj Shekhar, & Abby Whittington VT/Children's National/Children's National/Children's National/VT Novel Polymer Composites For In Situ Visualization of Peripherally-Inserted Central Catheters
Michael Fox & Jason Triplett VT/Children's National Mechanisms of class-specific targeting and topographic map formation in the visual system



Research Awards for Pilot Studies that Promote Integration of Clinical and Research Efforts (Cycle IX)

Name Institution Project Title
Robert Avery Children's National

Immunologic And Genetic Biomarkers Of Ocular Myasthenia Gravis In Children

Ivor Horn Children's National Improving Asthma Control through mHealth-Based Home Monitoring
Susan Knoblach Children's National

Evaluation of biomarkers of mild traumatic brain injury in adolescents

Dinesh Pillai Children's National

Obesity In Asthma: Adipocyte Exosomes Mediates Tgfb Signaling In Airway Epithelium

Hans Pohl Children's National

Congenital Obstructive Uropathy Biomarkers Study (CUBS)

Zena Quezado Children's National

Determination of Pain Sensitivity in Sickle Cell Disease Patients

CTSI-CN Translational Research Intramural Pilot Grant Program (Cycle VIII)

Name Institution Project Title
Matthew Colonnese

George Washington University

Electrical Signatures of Disease Onset in a Mouse Model for Fragile X Syndrome

Joshua Corbin

Children's National

Correction of amygdala-based defects in the animal model of Fragile X Syndrome

Aisha Liferidge

George Washington University

ED Patient Triage to Primary Care and Medical Home Utilization and Cost Analysis

Judy Liu

Children's National

Unraveling molecular substrates underlying focal refractory epilepsies

Larissa May

George Washington University

Barriers and Facilitators to Antimicrobial Stewardship for UTI in the ED Setting
Kabir Yadav

George Washington University

Improved Understanding of Trauma Resuscitations to Implement Decision Support

KL2 (Cycle IV)

Name Institution Project Title
Andrea Beaton Children's National

Developing a Pathway to Diagnosing Early Rheumatic Heart Disease

Elizabeth Carter Children's National

Relating Documentation Practices to Clinical Workflow in Pediatric Trauma Resuscitation

Exploratory/Developmental Research Awards (Cycle VII) 

Name Institution Project Title
Robert Freishtat

Children's National

Epithelial Mitotic Dyssynchrony in Fibrotic Disease

Research Awards for Pilot Feasibility Studies/Development of Methodologies/Development of New Research Technology (Cycle VI)

Name Institution Project Title
Jean Gutierrez George Washington University

Identifying African Americans at Risk for CKD based on Genotype and Urine Markers

Holly Meany Children's National Phase 1 Dose Escalation Study of Sorafenib and Irinotecan
Lillian Su Children's National

Beyond Leadership: Creating High Performance Medical Teams

Pilot Awards for Projects in HIV/AIDS and Mental Health, Substance Use, and Behavioral Science (Cycle V)

Name Institution Project Title
Zhihuan Huang

Georgetown University

Drug use and their associations with HIV risks among female streetwalkers and their clients in Shanghai, ChinaHIV-infected older adults: a pilot study using fMRI among a high risk, community-based sample in DC
Ricardo LaGrange Children's National SmAART: A Novel mHealth Approach to Promote HIV Management with Substance Abusing Adolescents
Manya Mangus George Washington University HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders and cognitive control among HIV-infected older adults: a pilot study using fMRI among a high risk, community-based sample in DC

Children's National Support of Existing and Ongoing Clinical and Translational Research (Cycle IV)

Name Institution Project Title
Laurie Conklin Children's National Biomarker Discovery Utilizing MicroRNA (miRNA), Genomics, and Proteomics for Detection of Disease Activity and Response to Medications in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Kristina Hardy Children's National

Computerized Cognitive Training with Preschool-aged Cancer Survivors

Molly Huntsman Children's National The origin of intrinsic plasticity in epileptogenesis
Anitha John Children's National Characterization of Hepatic Dysfunction in Patients following the Fontan Operation
Catherine Limperopolous Children's National Quantification of Placental Structure and Function using Advanced MRI Techniques
Jeffrey Moak Children's National Non-pharmacologic control of post-operative junctional ectopic tachycardia using AV nodal fat pad stimulation, feasibility study using an animal model.
Rachel Moon Children's National Cultural Differences in Bed sharing Contribute to Infant Mortality Disparities
Javad Nazarian Children's National Murine Model of Pediatric Brainstem Glioma
Mathew Sharron Children's National

Use of Anti-Platelet Compounds to Reduce Multiple Organ Dysfunction in Sepsis

Randi Streisand Children's National

Supplement to Prevention of Disease Care Behaviors in Early Adolescents with T1 Diabetes

Zohreh Tatari-Calderone Children's National

A Genomic Approach to Characterize Premature Infants at Risk for Developing Necrotizing Enterocolitis.

Adeline Vanderver Children's National Molecular Mechanisms of Vanishing White Matter disease
Irene Zohn Children's National

The role of p38IP in axial skeleton defects



KL2 (Cycle III)

Name Institution Project Name
Larissa May George Washington University Antimicrobial Stewardship through MRSA Diagnosis in ED Patients with Abscesses
Qing Pan George Washington University

Genetic Disparities Associated with Nephropathy, Retinopathy and Neuropathy in Type 1 Diabetes Patients

Pilot Projects (Cycle III)

Name Institution Project Name
Amanda Castel

George Washington University

Formative Research to Assess the Acceptability and Uptake of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) with Antiretrovirals for HIV Prevention among Persons at High- Risk for HIV
Michael Compton

George Washington University

A Community-Engaged Pilot Project to Prepare for Larger-Scale Anti-Stigma Schizophrenia Research

Ivor Horn Children's National

Piloting Mobile Technology to Enhance Parent Provider Communication and Improve Asthma Care

Katherine Kelly Children's National Partnership for Academic Support and Success: PASS
Rachel Moon Children's National Acceptability of Educational Videos Delivered via an Electronic Patient Portal
Earl Parrish

George Washington University

Formative Research to Develop a Systematic Approach for Sentiment Analysis as a Community Engagement Tool for Translation of Clinical Research and Public Health Interventions

Pilot Projects (Cycle II)

Name Institution Project Title
Ali Ramezani George Washington University

Anti-HIV-1 Erythrocyte Viral Trap

Marc Siegel George Washington University

Genomic Analysis of Respiratory Pathogens

Xiaofang Wu

Children's National

In vitro Models of Glandular Hyperplasia from Basal Cells in Pediatric Chronic Rhinosinusitis
Irene Zohn

Children's National

Identification of modifiers of iron deficiency induced neural tube defects

KL2 (Cycle II)

Name Institution Project Title
Brian Kirmse Children's National The Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy on Energy Metabolism in Children



Pilot Projects (Cycle I)

Name Insitution Project Title
Anamaris Colberg-Poley Children's National Alteration of neural precursor cell functions by human cytomegalovirus
Robert Freishtat Children's National

Dyssynchronous Mitosis and Inflammation in Asthmatic Epithelium

Yetrib Hathou Children's National HTRA1 as a new target for treatment of muscular dystrophies
Monica Hubal Children's National Genetic influences on depot-specific adipose tissue remodeling with obesity
Lauren Kenworthy Children's National Parsing Genetic Heterogeneity in Autism with Continuous Flexibility Measures
Catherine Klein Children's National Electronic Intervention to Improve Health Behaviors in African American College Students (EI-AACS)
Andrew Meltzer George Washington University H. pylori testing for patients with non-specific abdominal pain in the Emergency Department
Javad Nazarian Children's National Clinical and Translational Approaches for Understanding Pediatric Brian Tumors
Travis O'Brien George Washington University

Genetic Factors Associated with Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

Diego Preciado Children's National

Biological Repair of Airway Defects Using BMP-2 in Extracellular Matrix Gel

Irene Riz George Washington University Apoptotic Role of NfkB in T-All Therapeutic Response
Xiaoyan Song Children's National Clostridium difficile Infections in Children: Epidemiology, Treatment, and Outcomes
Amita Vyas George Washington University Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Among South Asian American Families
Zuyi Wang Children's National

Computational systems biology to develop a testable model of glucocorticoid action in asthma.

Lijie Zhang George Washington University Biologically Inspired 3D Nanostructured Bone Substitutes for Children Bone Repair and Regeneration

Novel Clinical and Translational Methodologies (Cycle I)

Name Institution Project Title
Kristy Brown Children's National

Method Development for A Antisense Oligonucleotide Tissue Detection Assay

Michael Keidar

George Washington University

Cold plasma cancer therapy

Zhenyu Li

George Washington University

A Miniaturized Biosensor for Fast Screening of Infant Patients’ Serostatus or Genotype Using Small Volume (<50uL) Heel Prick Whole Blood Samples
Christopher Spurney Children's National

Use of plethysmography as a novel outcome measure in mouse models of congenital muscular dystrophy

KL2 (Cycle I)

Name Institution Project Title
Maureen Monaghan Children's National

Predictors of Health Outcomes in Emerging Adults with T1 Diabetes

Kabir Yadav George Washington University Better, Stronger, Faster: Translating Biomedical Informatics Tools to Accelerate Comparative Effectiveness Research