SPIRiT Consortium Awards Nearly $300,000 for Cross Country Research Collaborations

A funding partnership among seven prestigious universities – including the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research – are awarding nearly $300,000 to scientists working on collaborative research among their institutes that will explore widely ranging health concerns, from creating tumor-destroying viruses to decreasing the large numbers of mentally ill in the criminal justice system.

The Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation (SPIRiT) consortium has offered this funding of research since 2012, awarding more than $1 million to 12 collaboration projects.

The SPIRiT consortium is made up of six National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Programs, including the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Washington University in St. Louis’ Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences, Yale University’s Center for Clinical Investigation, and the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM), a partnership between the University of Chicago and Rush.

The twelve awardees for 2017 includes Johns Hopkins University professor Russell Margolis, MD, clinical director of the Johns Hopkins Schizophrenia Center and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.  Visit the links below to for more information of the individual projects.

Classifying the Biology Behind Psychotic Disorders to Better Diagnose Patients
Godfrey Pearlson, MA, MBBS, Yale University & Russell Margolis, MD, Johns Hopkins University

Developing Solutions to the Mass Incarceration of Mentally Ill
Carrie Pettus-Davis, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis & Matthew Epperson, PhD, University of Chicago

Enhancing Brain Implants to Power Artificial Limbs
Sliman Bensmaia, PhD, University of Chicago & Michael Boninger, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Creating a Non-Invasive Treatment for Heart Attack Damage
Albert Sinusas, MD, Yale University & Jason A. Burdick, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Fighting Cancer Tumors with Herpes
Joseph C. Glorioso III, PhD, University of Pittsburgh & Gary Cohen, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Studying Human Immune Responses to Build Better Flu Vaccines
Ali Ellebedy, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis & Scott Hensley, PhD, University of Pennsylvania