CTSI awards grants to support health research at the Minnesota State Fair

Nearly $17,000 has been awarded to six faculty investigators through CTSI’s Driven to Discover Community Health and Research Grants Program to conduct health research at this year’s Minnesota State Fair

The grant program, which is managed by CTSI’s Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) core, supports pilot research and evaluation projects that address health issues facing Minnesotans. 

Grant recipients will enroll and collect data from State Fair attendees at the University of Minnesota’s Driven to Discover building. In its third year, the dedicated research facility is a unique resource for community and university researchers to carry out population-based research to the Fair’s nearly 1.83 million annual attendees. The facility was initiated through a grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research with matching funds from the School of Public Health, the Medical School, and the College for Food and Natural Resource Sciences. 

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Congratulations to the 2016 recipients!

Nicole Basta, PhD, MPhil, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, in partnership with the Department of Philosophy
Project Title:  What Have You HEARD about the HERD?  Vaccine Uptake and Herd Immunity in Minnesota

Corey McGee, PhD, MS, OTR/L, CHT, Program in Occupational Therapy, Center for Allied Health Programs, in partnership with the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Program, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Orthopaedics
Project Title: Intrinsic Hand Strength in Adults: Age and Gender Stratified Norms using a Novel Measurement Device

Shalini Kulasingam, PhD, and Erinn Sanstead, MPH, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health
Project Title: A Pilot Seroprevalence Study of Pertussis in Minnesota

Erin Dodd, MD Candidate, and Ingrid Polcari, MD, Medical School, Department of Dermatology and Department of Pediatrics
Project Title: Photoprotection in Children: Assessing Parental Knowledge, Perceptions and Behaviors