Penn State CTSI announces pilot funding recipients

By Scott Gilbert
December 17, 2015

The Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has announced the recipients of the Bridges to Translation Pilot Project Funding. The translation of biomedical discoveries to clinical application is a long and complex process with high costs and significant risk. The Bridges to Translational Pilot Project Funding is designed to support research that breaks down roadblocks across the translational spectrum through the development of novel technologies, multidisciplinary collaborations, strategies for dissemination and implementation, training programs for the next generation of clinical research scientists and staff, statistical methods and models to analyze data and projects that focus on addressing health needs among complex populations across the lifespan.

The 2015 Bridges to Translation recipients are:

Liwang Cui, professor of entomology, College of Agricultural Sciences
-- Portable and field-deployable Malaria molecular diagnostic system 

Christopher Engeland, assistant professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development 
-- Hyperglycemia and impaired healing in medically complex surgical patients

Mark Feinberg, professor, Prevention Research Center, College of Health and Human Development
-- Mindfulness intervention to promote healthy aging: A pilot at the Village at Penn State

Weihua Guan, assistant professor, Department of Electrical Engineering College of Engineering 
-- Portable and field-deployable Malaria molecular diagnostic system 

Kenneth Keiler, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Eberly College of Science
-- Nanojacket delivery of novel antibiotics

Harriet Nembhard, professor, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering 
director, Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems College of Engineering 
-- Precision health for Parkinson's disease: Advancing translation with medical devices and technology

Dr. Nancy Olsen, professor, chief of rheumatology, College of Medicine 
-- Translational studies in systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Dr. David Stewart, assistant professor, Department of Surgery, College of Medicine
-- Dequalinium analogues are effective transporters of anti-sense morpholinos in C. difficile

The Bridges to Translation Pilot Program is funded through Penn State’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), UL1 TR00127 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goal of the CTSI is to discover, develop and disseminate to the community at large, new methods to promote health and predict, prevent, and effectively treat human disease. For more information on funding opportunities through the CTSI visit

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Last Updated December 21, 2015