|Soonjo Hwang, M.D.||Anthony Podany, Pharm.D.|
The goal of the program, administered through a National Institutes of Health/ National Institute of General Medical Sciences grant, is to develop successful CTR investigators. To achieve this goal, selected scholars are provided with the protected time and seed grant funding to develop competitive CTR projects for submission to the NIH. The award provides partial salary support and up to $50,000 annually to support preliminary research efforts for up to four years. Four scholars were chosen: three from UNMC and one from Boys Town National Research Hospital. They are:
|Deepta Ghate, M.D.||Daniel Rasetshwane, Ph.D.|
Soonjo Hwang, M.D., assistant professor, department of psychiatry, UNMC. Dr. Hwang's project will determine the impact of oxytocin on children and adolescents with severe levels of irritability/emotional dysregulation/and aggressive behavior.
Anthony Podany, Pharm.D., assistant professor, College of Pharmacy, UNMC. Dr. Podany's research addresses the critical need for shorter course tuberculosis (TB) treatment regimens for HIV/TB co-infected individuals.
Daniel Rasetshwane, Ph.D., director, Auditory Signal Processing Laboratory, Boys Town National Research Hospital. Dr. Rasetshwane's project is to improve the quality of hearing aids and, thereby, patient satisfaction by having developed a fitting algorithm that utilizes categorical loudness scaling data and a signal-processing algorithm that restores suppression. Evaluation of both algorithms resulted in promising outcomes.
The Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network is a collaborative effort between nine institutions in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota and Kansas to reach medically underserved populations and transform health delivery and outcomes in the Great Plains region.