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Nine COVID-focused child health research projects supported with rapid response awards

In partnership with the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Minnesota, CTSI’s Office of Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) announces nine awardees of the 2020 Child Health Collaborative Grant Award

This annual award focuses on current relevant topics to child and adolescent health and supports engaged, scholarly collaboration between University and Children’s Minnesota investigators. The 2020 award was designed as a rapid response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, and focuses on the impact of the pandemic on child health in Minnesota.

The Child Health Collaborative Advisory Board is co-directed by Stuart S. Winter, MD, Director of Research at Children’s Minnesota, and Mark R. Schleiss, MD, Child Health Champion, UMN Department of Pediatrics and CTSI.

“We are pleased to be part of this collaborative partnership between the CEARCH team, the University Medical School Department of Pediatrics, and Children’s Minnesota; we were able to pivot quickly to support research that will contribute to learning more about COVID-19 and child health,” said Dr. Schleiss. “The rapid response award opportunity allowed for the creation of new teams and novel partnerships between the University of Minnesota and Children's Minnesota. It's our collective goal that these new teams will accelerate a diversity of talent and perspective in responding to the challenges facing our communities.”  

Funded investigator teams will attend a Child Health Collaborative meeting and briefly present on their project as a cohort, as well as publicly present their projects at the Child Health Collaborative dinner in late 2020.

2020 awardees

Laura Norton, MD, MS, Department of Pediatrics, and Alicen Spaulding, PhD, MPH, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Epidemiology of Pediatric COVID-19 Infections in the United States

Andrew Barnes, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, and Michael Troy, LP, PhD, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Stress Physiology and Mental Health: Implications for Family Functioning and Child Development during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Katie Loth, PhD, MPH, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Maria Eisenberg, ScD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics; and Gretchen Cutler, PhD, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Working Together, from a Distance: A Qualitative Exploration into How to Best Tailor Our Public Health Response to Support Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Caroline George, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Allison Lind, APRN CNP, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Impact of COVID-19 on Child Abuse and Neglect in the Twin Cities

Kimara Gustafson, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Daniel Lee, PhD, Children’s Minnesota
Project title:Anti-Asian Racism During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Youth Risk and Resilience

Anjali Goel, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics and Alicia Zagel, PhD, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Emotional and Behavioral Regulation among Children and Adolescents with Preexisting Mental Health Disorders throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alex Boucher, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Kelly Bergmann, DO, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Pilot Screening for Urinary Biomarkers of Vasoreactive Endothelial Dysfunction in Pediatric Patients with Suspected COVID-19 Infection

Igor Nestrasil, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, and Kelly Bergmann, DO, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Pediatric COVID-19: Does Infection with the SARS-Cov-2 Virus Alter Brain Structure and Function?

Marco Pravetoni, PhD, Department of Pharmacology; Marie Steiner, MD, MS, Department of Pediatrics; and Alberto Orioles, MD, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Isolation of Protective Antibodies against COVID-19