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Inova Health System and Mason Announce New Life Sciences Research Grants

Nov. 3, 2010

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FAIRFAX, Va.—George Mason University and Northern Virginia’s Inova Health System recently unveiled the newest round of grant recipients from the Inova Life Sciences Research Collaboration Fund – George Mason University. Seven new grants have been awarded and the research will be completed over the next year.

In 2009, Inova Health System established this fund by providing Mason with $1 million to stimulate and enhance collaborative research of the life sciences. In its initial year, the fund awarded 16 grants to health researchers from Mason and Inova Health System.

"Over the years, Inova and Mason investigators have developed superb collaborations,” said Zobair Younossi, vice president for research, Inova Health System. “These grants are another example of our joint efforts for cutting-edge research that will benefit our patients, investigators and community of Northern Virginia."

Grant applications are submitted to Mason but are jointly peer-reviewed by experts from both institutions. The funds are overseen by Younossi and Roger Stough, Mason’s vice president for research and economic development.

“The Inova-Mason Fund collaboration has and continues to be one of the most profound research partnerships Mason has been party to,” Stough said. “We are already seeing significant results from these joint research projects.”  

For the 2010-2011 academic year, the following grants were awarded:

• $50,000 to Mihai Boicu (Mason Principal Investigator), David Ascher (Inova), Kathleen Donnelly (Inova), Fred Garner (Mason-Inova liason) and David Goldberg (Inova) for “PTT-Tutor: Web-based Intelligent Agent for Training Residents in Pediatric Telephone Triage”

• $48,950 to Jessica Gill (Mason Principal Investigator), Suzanne Rotolo-Brown (co-PI Inova), Lora E. Peppard (Mason), Lisa Vandemark (Mason), James Olds (Mason), Thomas Wise (Inova), Robert Lipsky (Inova) and James Ecklund (Inova) for “Consequences of Blunt Force and Anoxic Traumatic Brain Injuries in Abused Women and Secondary Injury Mechanisms”

• $50,000 to P.M. Greenwood (Mason Principal Investigator), James L. Bicksel (co-PI Inova), James C. Thompson (co-PI Inova), Matt Peterson (co-PI Mason) and Raja Parasuraman (co-PI Mason) for “Cognitive Training as a Means to Heighten Integrity of Mind and Brain in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Healthy Old Age”

• $50,000 to Kylene Kehn-Hall (Mason Principal Investigator) and Donald Poretz (Inova) for “MicroRNA as Novel Biomarkers in Long-Term Non-Progressor HIV-1-1 Patients”

• $50,000 to Jessica Lin (Mason Principal Investigator), Fern Litman (co-PI Inova), Margot D. Ahronovich (co-PI Inova), Ida Sue Baron (Inova), Kristine Erickson (Inova) and Robin Baker (Inova) for “Neurophysiology  Correlates of Extremely Low birth Weight Outcomes at 12 Months Corrected Age”

• $46,452 to John M. Shiver (Mason co-Principal Investigator), Janusz Wojtusiak (Mason co-Principal Investigator) and Ronald Ewald (Inova) for “Development and Testing of Artificial Intelligence Application for Healthcare Financial Management”

• $49,506 to Ali A. Weinstein (Mason Principal Investigator), Niv Ad (co-PI Inova) and Sari D. Holmes (co-PI Inova) for “Cardiovascular Reactivity to Mental Stress in Coronary Artery Bypass and Maze Surgery Patients”

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University—Where Innovation Is Tradition.

About Inova Health System

Inova Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Inova provides a healthy environment for its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians by prohibiting tobacco use on its campuses.