SAAF awards more than $400,000 to Health Science Center
Making its largest donation to one organization this year, the San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAF) awarded more than $400,000 to Health Science Center researchers last month.
Twenty-three researchers received funds to study infectious diseases and cancer, find treatments for neonatal lung disease, develop instrumentation for temporomandibular joint disorder and enhance library materials on Hispanic health, among others. The grants were awarded at a ceremony May 24.
Recipients of 1999 grants, with award totals and projects, are: Dr. Subramanian Dhandayuthapani, microbiology, "Sigma Factors and Survival of Mycobacterium tuberculosis," $17,815; Dr. Donald Dudley, obstetrics and gynecology, "The Genetics of Preterm Birth," $15,970; Dr. Dianne Duffey, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, "Expression and Interactions of the TNF-related Apoptosis Inducing Ligand (TRAIL) and NKFB in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas," $17,814; Dr. Maria Gaczynska, molecular medicine, "Nanoenzymology of the Proteasome of a Tool Drug Design," $18,560;
Dr. Shou-Jiang Gao, pediatrics, "Molecular Epidemiology of KSHV in AIDS Patients from San Antonio," $37,790; Dr. Jaime Garza, plastic and reconstructive surgery, "Evaluating the Local Effect of FK 506 on Nerve Repair," $7,500; Dr. Nancy Girard, acute nursing care, "Conversion of a Pathophysiology Course to Web-based Offering," $10,000; Dr. Randolph Glickman, ophthalmology, "Shared Instrumentation for the Ophthalmic Biochemistry Lab," $2,250;
Dr. John Gunn, microbiology, "Salmonella Gallbladder Carriage: Role of Biofilm Formation on Gallstones," $16,984; Dr. Julie Hensler, pharmacology, "Serotonergic Markers of Drug and Alcohol Abuse," $10,932; Dr. Meenakshi Iyer, physical therapy, "Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in Neuro-Rehabilitation," $25,200; Dr. Karl Klose, microbiology, "Epidemic Vibrio Cholera Population of Texas," $16,155;
Dr. Anne Larme, orthodontics, "Building Bridges for Community Health," $6,130; Dr. Kathleen Matula, pediatrics, "PREMIEre Parenting Program (PREP)," $7,000; Dr. Stuart McKinnon, ophthalmology, "Inhibition of Apoptosis in Experimental Glaucoma," $62,500; Dr. Martha Medrano, psychiatry, "Enhancing UTHSCSA Library Information on Hispanic Health," $19,700;
Dr. Shamimunisa Mustafa, neonatology, "Regulation of Lung Fluid Channels in Neonatal Lung Disease," $24,578; Dr. Thomas Patterson, infectious diseases, "Novel Methods for the Serodiagnosis of Aspergillosis," $13,250; Dr. William Phillips, radiology, "Novel Method of Greatly Enhanced Delivery to Lymph Nodes," $14,960; Dr. Bjorn Steffensen, periodontics, "Chronic Wound Healing in Diabetes," $27,982;
Dr. William Strodel, surgery, "Nasoendoscopic Evaluation of Velopharyngeal Insufficiency," $11,532; Dr. Brian Wickes, microbiology, "Isolation and Characterization of Genes Required for Hyphal Differentiation in Aspergillus Fumigatus," $11,197; and Dr. Gustavo Zardeneta, oral and maxillofacial surgery, "Development of Instrumentation for TMJ Analysis," $21,964.