2020 IRC Funding Results

IRC Symposium was held on September 23, 2020, where collaborative research teams who were funded in 2019 presented their results. An IRC Networking Event was held on September 30, 2020. Participation in this event was not required for proposal submission.

2020 IRC Pilot Applications were due October 28, 2020.  Sixty-four proposals were submitted and reviewed by the Associate Deans for Research of the participating colleges or their designee. Twenty proposals (31% of those submitted) were selected for funding, awarding nearly $561,000 for these pilot awards. These proposals involve 13 colleges and 66 UK faculty: 22 COM faculty, 8 COE faculty, 6 COP faculty, 6 CAFÉ faculty, 4 A&S faculty, 4 CHS faculty, 4 COD faculty, 3 CFA faculty, 3 COEd faculty, 2 CPH faculty and 2 C&I faculty, 1 CON faculty, 1 CSW faculty.

The projects selected were:



Translational Studies Examining the Effects of Synthetic Estrogens and Progestins on Motivation for Alcohol and Nicotine Co-Use in Rats and Humans

Jessica Weafer (A&S)/Cassandra Gipson (COM)

A study of macrophage gene expression in Sarcoidosis and the effect of Azithromycin derivatives.

Parijat Sen (COM)/David Feola (COP)/Steven Van Lanen (COP)/Jamie Sturgill (COM)

AI-Powered Augmented Reality Intubation Training for First Responders

Daniel Lau (COE)/Zaki Hassan (COM)/Peng Wang (COE)/Siavash Tohidi (CFA)

Anti-inflammatory and gingival absorption properties of a new mPGES-1 inhibitor.

Octavio Gonzalez (COD)/Chang-Guo Zhan (COP)

Cognitive Reserve and Driving Mobility

Caitlin Pope (CPH)/Daniela Moga (COP)/Yang Jiang (COM)

Taking Your Next Vacation from Home: Motivations and Impacts of Using Live-Streaming Tourism

Pei Zhang (CAFÉ)/Mengtian Jiang (C&I)

Stimulating higher education leadership progression - an institutional framework for BIPOCs

Jaleesa Wells (CFA)/Vanessa Jackson (CAFÉ)/Cheryl Matias (COEd)/DaMaris Hill (A&S)

Developing an Emergency Sociotechnical Infrastructure with Lexington's Latinx Community

Fatima Espinoza Vasquez (C&I)/Gia Mudd-Martin (CON)

Early reduction of Post-opeRative Pain and inflammation to Expedite Return to function after KNEE arthroscopy (PROPER KNEE Trial).

Austin Stone (COM)/Chang-Guo Zhan (COP)/Lauren Whitehurst (A&S)/Cale Jacobs (COM)/Caitlin Conley (COM)/Nicole Cascia (COM)

Growing Health: Fostering Rural Community Health with Hospital-based Fresh Food Hubs

Krista Jacobsen (CAFÉ)/Jing Li (COM)/Lilian Brislen (CAFÉ)/Mark A Williams (CAFÉ)/Mark V Williams (COM)

Developing mPal, a multilevel intervention to integrate palliative care into advanced stage cancer care

Laurie McLouth (COM)/Ming-Yuan Chih (CHS)/Jessica McFarlin (COM)

Bactericidal and anti-inflammatory nanoparticles for periodontal disease

Stephen Rankin (COE)/Barbara Knutson (COE)/Octavio Gonzalez (COD)

Developing an Artificially Intelligent (AI) Coach for Reducing Sedentary Habits

Stuart Best (COEd)/Hasan Poonawala (COE)/Ming-Yuan Chih (CHS)/Mary Jo Hidecker (CHS)/Shannon Sampson (COEd)

Effect of mechanical strain on myokine secretion and its role in diabetic bone disease

Evangelia Kalaitzoglou (COM)/Ramkumar Annamalai (COE)/John Fowlkes (COM)

Opioid Prescribing in Dentistry: Building and Implementing a Framework to Nudge Provider Behavior

Douglas Oyler (COP)/Marcia Rojas-Ramirez (COD)/Hilary Surratt (COM)/Dana Quesinberry (CPH)/Philip Bernard (COM)/Craig Miller (COD)

Modulation of TAK1 as a Therapeutic Target in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

Mark Lovell (A&S)/Adam Bachstetter (COM)

A Novel Social Work and Music Therapy Telehealth Framework to Promote Older Adult Wellbeing: A Proof-of-Concept Pilot

Alaine Hernandez (CFA)/Allison Gibson (CSW)

Simulation-Deep Learning-Experiment Pipeline for Discovery of Novel Deep Eutectic Solvents

Qing Shao (COE)/Jian Shi (COE)/Jin Chen (COM)

Optical imaging of radiation-induced metabolic changes in human breast cancer organotypic tumor slices to predict radiotherapy response

Caigang Zhu (COE)/Xiaoqin Wang (COM)/Teresa Fan (COM)

A Partnership Between Vitamin D and Bilirubin to Support Metabolic Health

Terry Hinds (COM)/Travis Thomas (CHS)