Valerie Pierre
CTSI is helping 2012 Translational Grant Program awardee Dr. Valerie Pierre convert her idea into a real-world tool for diagnosing infections.

CTSI awards $100,000 for two early-stage translational research projects

CTSI is excited to announce the 2016 Translational Grant Program awardees whose early-stage translational projects will work toward developing a new therapeutic, diagnostic, medical device, or treatment approach:

Mikael Elias, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Biological Sciences
Project: A new technology to control microbes and increase the effectiveness of GI endoscope disinfection procedures

Gary Goldish, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Medical School, and Adjunct Professor at the Minneapolis 
VA Health Care System
Project: Development of an arm cycle ergometer for supine use

Both projects will receive $50,000 and project support for one year, beginning Oct. 1, 2016. Support includes a project development team to help determine project milestones, identify key gaps, and strengthen the project’s likelihood for progress toward eventual development into a new product or treatment approach.

The Translational Grant Program is funded and administered by CTSI’s Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT) and ultimately helps drive research that translate basic science discoveries into patient benefit. 

Through its five funding programs, ODAT has supported more than 65 U of M translational research projects and has awarded more than $3.2 million in research funds.