Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award

Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award

The Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award is an initiative of the Jefferson Committee on Research (JCOR), awarded through the Office of the Provost. Specific goals of the Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award are to foster collaborative research and team science, and to develop clinical research topics that have been minimally explored at Jefferson.

This award mechanism is designed to foster new collaborative efforts between clinicians, clinical researchers, and/or basic science researchers by promoting clinician engagement in research. This award provides the opportunity for collaborative teams to obtain clinical research data to justify a more expansive study funded by extramural sources. Thus, projects must show evidence of having potential to significantly improve the competitiveness of a subsequent extramural grant application. Projects must also contribute to departmental, college, programmatic, university, or institutional missions.

Eligibility for Submission

Faculty from all of Jefferson’s colleges and campus are encouraged to submit proposals on clinical research, which for this funding mechanism is defined as research involving human subjects. The study should collect data from participants and require IRB approval. Proposals which only require samples/cells/tissue/data obtained from human subjects (defined as “Not Human Subjects Research” by TJU IRB) will be considered non-responsive.

Research Teams

Research teams must include at least 2 key people (co-PIs or one PI and at least one co-I) of different disciplines across clinicians, clinical researchers, and basic scientists. Projects with new collaborative teams and research topics understudied at Jefferson are strongly encouraged. Key personnel must be employed at TJU or our affiliates.

Questions regarding the Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award may be addressed to Tyler Kmiec

Review & Funding Process

  • Applications will be reviewed by the Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award committee members. The Review process may also include input from Jefferson research faculty with relevant expertise.
  • Funding recommendations will be made by JCOR Clinical Research Pilot Award Subcommittee to the Provost.
  • Final funding decisions will be made by the Office of the Provost
  • Funded proposals will be required to submit a progress report at six months and a final report 3 months after funding ends. Download Progress Report 

Questions regarding the Provost’s Pilot Clinical Research Award may be addressed to:

JCOR Committee on Clinical Research Pilot Program
c/o Tyler Kmiec


2023 - 2024

Hushan Yang PhD, Medical Oncology

Genomic characterizations of single circulating tumor cells in the precision medicine of head and neck cancer 

Jacob Raphael, MD, Anesthesiology

Acetaminophen for Prevention of Hemolysis-Induced Acute Kidney Injury after Cardiac Surgery: a Randomized Controlled Pilot and Feasibility Trial

Adam Binder, MD, Medical Oncology

Patient and caregiver perceptions of the potential for home based blood transfusions for patients with hematologic malignancies

Julie Barta, MD, Medical Oncology

Developing a Culturally Integrated, Social-Media Based Intervention to Increase Tobacco Treatment Counseling and Lung Cancer Screening Uptake in the Asian-American Community

Glen D Souza, MD, Otolayngology

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for the treatment of SARS-COV-2 related Olfactory Disturbance – a cross over trial

Jayakrishnan Nair, PT, PhD, Physical Therapy

Early Functional and Magnetic Resonance Imaging based biomarkers for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Laura Krisa, PhD, Physical Therapy

Simultaneous functional MR imaging of the brain and spinal cord in patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Ryan Masoodi, PhD, Anesthesiology

Developing a new generation of patient gowns to keep patients warm in the hospital and to reduce perioperative hypothermia

Eric Schwenk, MD, Anesthesiology

A Safety Study of Ropivacaine Concentrations During Continuous Erector Spinae Plane Block for Thoracic Surgery

Adam Luginbuhl, MD, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Hypoxia as a Driver of Post-Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome

Kevin Anton, MD, PhD, Radiology

Genicular artery embolization for the treatment of persistent knee pain following joint replacement surgery

Laura Krisa, PhD, Physical Therapy

Functional and intrinsic connectivity imaging in the human spinal cord: an fMRI study

Cynthia Cheng, MD, PhD, Family Medicine

The effectiveness of a student-run motivational interviewing/meal-replacement dietary program with melatonin for weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor reduction in patients with mild OSA

Kibo Nam, PhD, Radiology

Risk assessment of carotid plaques based on pressure estimation using 3D contrast-enhanced ultrasound

Kuang-Yi Wen, PhD, Medical Oncology

An innovative and linguistically-tailored mobile intervention to improve follow-up for abnormal Pap test results

Lisa Hoglund, PhD, Physical Therapy

Biomechanics and Lower Extremity Muscle Activation of Men With and Without Patellofemoral Pain During Functional Activity

Vitali Alexeev, PhD, Dermatology and Cutaneous Biology

Molecular basis for vitiligo-associated depression

Bin Wang, Medicine, Division of Endocrinology

Pathogenic role of oxidized PTH osteoporosis

Paul Chung, Urology

Contrast enhanced Ultrasonography for the Evaluation of Urethral Stricture Disease

Mark Curtis, Pathology

Characterization of CSF Cytokine and Exosome Profile for Infections, Autoimmune and Neoplastic Skull Base Diseases

Angela Gerolamo, Nursing

Understanding why Jefferson home care patients seek unscheduled acute care: can a telehealth intervention keep patients at home?

Nathan Handley, Medical Oncology

Patient and Provider Perceptions of Telehealth I Medical Oncology

Therese Johnston, Physical Therapy

The effects of Saddle Position and Stance width on Force and movement at the knee during cycling

Ryan Tomlinson, PhD

The Molecular Basis of Persistent Pain Following Total Knee Arthroplasty

Therese Johnston, PT, PhD, MBA

Factors related to stress fractures in female runners and ballet dancers