ICTR Announces the Recipients of the 2024 Translational Research and Science Pilot Award

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) at UW-Madison is pleased to announce the awarding of six Advancing Translational Research and Science (ATRS) pilot awards for 2024. The goal of the ATRS award is to support innovative translational research aimed at turning biomedical research discoveries into health solutions.

The following projects have been funded:

Track 1, Project Planning Grant

Corinne Henak, PhD, Mechanical Engineering; Keith Knurr, DPT, PhD, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation. A Step Towards Precision Medicine: Collaborative Team Building to Leverage Quantitative MRI for the Clinical Management of Knee Osteoarthritis

Track 2, Translational Science Projects

Sara McCoy, MD, PhD, Medicine. A Phase I Dose-Escalation Trial of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in Patients with Medical Xerostomia

Filiz Yesilkoy, PhD, Biomedical Engineering. A Rapid and Multiplexed Protein Biomarker Screening Test for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Pallavi Tiwari, PhD, Radiology; Anand Narayan, MD, PhD, Radiology. Artificial Intelligence-based Diagnostic Risk (AIDeR) Score to Predict 5-year Risk of Advanced Breast Cancer

Jomol Mathew, PhD, Population Health Sciences. Development of a Data Science Framework for Enhancing Cross-Disciplinary Translational Science using Long COVID as a Model System

Mohun Ramratnam, MD, Medicine. Assay development for mitochondrial K+ channel activity to test novel cardioprotective therapies

ICTR Workforce Development Director Dr. Peggy Hatfield says, “The updated ICTR ATRS pilot award funding opportunity allowed us to focus even more on advancing translational science. The five translational science projects propose research to address challenges and roadblocks by developing new methods and approaches. The project planning pilot represents an opportunity to assist interdisciplinary investigators in forming new translational teams to develop their research ideas, build collaborations, and submit externally funded grant(s) proposals for their research.”


ICTR’s ATRS pilot awards are supported by the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, through the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), grant UL1TR002373.