CTRS Pilot Funding Program

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The Clinical Translational Research Services (CTRS) Pilot Funding Program provides funding to help University of Minnesota faculty prepare and implement prospective clinical pilot studies. 


Projects are funded in two stages.



Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel, PhD, LP | $50,000

Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Project title: A pilot study of a parenting intervention for parents of adolescents with non-suicidal self-injury

Alexander Khoruts, MD | $50,000

Medical School, Department of  Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Project title: Dietary optimization of microbiome recovery following fecal microbiota transplantation


Anne Blaes, MD | $50,000

Medical School, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation

Project title: Use of topical cannabinoids for treatment of aromatase inhibitor-associated musculoskeletal syndrome (AIMSS) in women with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer (CanAroma): A pilot and feasibility study

Amy Gross, PhD, LP, BCBA | $50,000

Medical School, Department of Pediatrics

Project title: Piloting a family-based intervention of time restricted eating to treat obesity


Sarah Hoffman, PhD | $50,000

School of Nursing, Population Health and Systems Cooperative 

Project title: A family-based mindfulness-based intervention to address intergenerational trauma in war-affected families

Stephanie Misono, MD, MPH | $50,000

Medical School, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Project title: Vibrotactile stimulation of the larynx to treat unexplained chronic cough


Amy Krentzman, PhD | $75,000

School of Social Work, College of Education and Human Development

Project title: A Randomized Control Trial to Test Feasibility, Acceptability, and Impact of a Novel Behavioral Intervention (Positive Peer Journaling, PPJ) to Support Recovery From Addiction

Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSPT, PT | $75,000

Medical School, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Project title: Feasibility of identifying brain mechanisms of Qigong and behavioral outcomes after Qigong practice in people with chronic low back pain


Kathryn Cullen, MD | $75,000

Associate Professor and Division Chief, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry

Project title: Mindful Breathing and Neuromodulation for Depression in Young People 

Armin Rashidi, MD, PhD | $75,000

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, Department of Medicine

Project title:  A pilot study of activated charcoal in healthy volunteers

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