Integrating Special Populations Pilot Awardees

The Integrating Special Populations (ISP) Pilot Award supports the formation of newly-configured investigative teams aimed at studying diseases across the lifespan and utilizing rare diseases as tools to study more common ones.

2019 ISP Pilot Awardees

Effects of Iron Deficiency on Early Life Immune Development

  • Thomas Connors, MD, Pediatrics (Principal Investigator)
  • Donna Farber, PhD, Surgery/Microbiology 
  • Eldad Hod, MD, PhD, Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Kalpana Pethe, MD, Pediatrics
  • Gary Brittenham, MD, Pediatrics

Interaction of OSA and APOE ε4 on Risk of Cognitive Decline

  • Nancy Kerner, MD, Psychiatry (Principal Investigator)
  • Devangere Devanand, MD, Psychiatry/Neurology
  • Terry Goldberg, PhD, Psychiatry/Anesthesiology
  • Andrew Westwood, MD, Neurology

Using Discordant Monozygotic Twins to Unlock the Genetic Basis of Aicardi Syndrome

  • Tristan Sands, MD, PhD, Neurology (Principal Investigator)
  • David Goldstein, PhD, Genetics and Development

Psychosocial Stressors and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Young Adults with Perinatal-Acquired HIV 

  • Michael Yin, MD, MS, Medicine (Principal Investigator)
  • Stephanie Shiau, PhD, MPH, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center
  • Stephen Arpadi, MD, MS, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center/Epidemiology
  • Jing Shen, PhD, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center
  • Daichi Shimbo, MD, Medicine
  • Jennifer Cruz, PhD, Psychiatry 

2018 ISP Pilot Awardees

Study of Biological Aging in Young Adults with Perinatal-acquired HIV

  • Stephen M. Arpadi, MD, MS, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center/Pediatrics/Epidemiology (Principal Investigator)
  • Stephanie Shiau, PhD, MPH, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center
  • Michael T. Yin, MD, MS, Medicine 
  • Jing Shen, PhD, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center
  • Louise Kuhn, PhD, MPH, MA, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, Epidemiology

Novel Approach to Modeling Pathogenicity of CPVT Mutations for Improving Clinical Management 

  • Oliver B. Clarke, PhD, Anesthesiology (Principal Investigator)
  • Alexander Kushnir, MD, PhD, Medicine
  • Hasan Garan, MD, Medicine
  • Andrew R. Marks, MD, Physiology and Cellular Biophysics

Analyzing Age-Related Changes of Brain Activation in Subjects Native Space

  • Qolamreza R. Razlighi, PhD, Neurology (Principal Investigator)
  • Amirreza Sedaghat, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
  • Soroush Arabshahi, PhD, Biomedical Engineering 

Metabolomic and MRI-Determined Body Composition Profile Changes Following Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents

  • Wei Shen, MD, MPH, MS, Pediatrics (Principal Investigator)
  • Ilene Fennoy, MD, Pediatrics
  • Jennifer Woo-Baidal, MD, MPH, Pediatrics
  • Jeffrey L. Zitsman, MD, Surgery

2017 ISP Pilot Awardees

Examining Inflammation as a Stroke Risk Factor in Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease

  • Mady Hornig, MD, MA, Epidemiology (Principal Investigator)
  • Nancy Green, MD, Pediatrics
  • Gen Li, PhD, Biostatistics
  • Margaret Lee, MD, Pediatrics
  • Philip LaRussa, MD, Pediatrics
  • Mitchel S. V. Elkind, MD, MS, Neurology

PTEN-CFTR Interactions Regulate Pulmonary Inflammation in Cystic Fibrosis - A Potential Target for Therapy

  • Alice Prince, MD, Pediatrics (Principal Investigator)
  • Sebastian Riquelme Colet, PhD, Pediatrics
  • Sarah Lusman, MD, Pediatrics
  • Wendy Chung, MD, PhD, Pediatrics
  • Emily DiMango, MD, Medicine

Factors Underlying Higher Energy Expenditure and Weight Loss in Huntington's Disease

  • Ashwini Rao, OTR, EdD, Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine (Principal Investigator)
  • Jacqueline Montes, Neurology, PT, EdD, NCS
  • Hiral Shah, MD, Neurology
  • Karen Marder, MD, MPH, Neurology

Rapid Genome Sequencing to Guide Clinical Management of Children With Nephrotic Syndrome

  • Simone Sanna-Cherchi, MD, Medicine (Principal Investigator)
  • Fangming Lin, MD, PhD, Pediatrics
  • Vivette D’Agati, MD, Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Vaidehi Jobanputra, PhD, MS, Pathology and Cell Biology
  • Jai Radhakrishnan, MD, MS, Medicine
  • Andrew Bomback, MD, MPH, Medicine