Pilot Projects Grant Program Awards

The Personalized Health Care Pilot Projects grant program supports investigators in conducting education, research or clinical work aimed at introducing and improving methodologies for individualized patient care in Utah.

2011-2012 Pilot Project Grant Awards

Project Title

Investigator(s) and Award Amount

Structuring of Genomic Variant Data for the Electronic Medical Record

Principal Investigator:
Karen Eilbeck, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics

Bruce Bray, MD
Associate Professor (Clinical) of Biomedical Informatics
Associate Professor (Clinical) of Internal Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing


Determining Cancer Risk in Patients with Serrated and Hyperplastic Polyps

Principal Investigator: 
Curt Hagedorn, MD
Cartwright Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Don Delker, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Randy Burt, MD
Senior Director of Prevention and Outreach,
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Professor of Internal Medicine
Barnes Presidential Endowed Chair
Mary Bronner, MD
Professor of Pathology
Division Chief of Anatomic Pathology
David Nix, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncological Sciences
Co-director, Bioinformatics Shared Resource


Assessing the Clinical Prediction of Lipid Candidate Gene Polymorphisms and their Interactions with Serum Vitamin D Levels on HDL-C and Other Lipid Concentrations

Principal Investigator:
Steven Hunt, PhD
Research Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Genetics

Brian Shirts, MD, PhD
Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellow

Wayne Meikle, MD
Professor of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Pathology

Paul Hopkins, MD, MSPH
Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Cardiovascular Genetics


Patient Tumor Cell Sheets for Personalized Drug Screening Supporting Therapeutic Decision Making

Principal Investigator: 
Margit Janát-Amsbury, MD
Research Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Director, Gynecologic Oncology Research

You Han Bae, PhD
Professor of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Sungpil Cho, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Obstetrics and Gynecology Research

Elke Jarboe, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology

C. Matthew Peterson, MD
Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology


Development of Ribosome Profiling for Comprehensive Translation Analysis in Williams Syndrome

Principal Investigators: 
Robert Weiss, PhD
Professor of Human Genetics
Julie Korenberg, PhD, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
USTAR Professor
Director, Center for Integrated Neuroscience
and Human Behavior
The Brain Institute

Michael Howard, PhD
Research Associate Professor of Human Genetics