June 8, 2001
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San Antonio Area Foundation donates $379,257 for projects

The San Antonio Area Foundation (SAAF) has awarded 20 new grants totaling $379,257 to Health Science Center researchers. In ceremonies May 22 at The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, researchers received funds for projects ranging from the study of glaucoma, tuberculosis vaccines and newborns' lung disorders to attracting students to academic dental careers and developing master of science degree programs for teachers.

The SAAF was created in 1964 as a public, non-profit philanthropic organization. The foundation manages assets of more than $100 million and has contributed more than $2 million to Health Science Center projects.

The recipients of grants for 2001, with award totals and project titles, are:
Dr. Mazen Y. Arar, pediatrics
"The Role of Fibronectin in Tuberculosis"
$23,242
Dr. Thomas G. Boyer, molecular medicine
"Regulation of the Breast Tumor Suppressor BRCA1 by Site-Specific Phosphorylation"
$24,000
Dr. Bysani Chandrasekar, medicine/cardiology
"The Role of Nitric Oxide in Chemokine-Mediated Myocardial Depression"
$15,000
Dr. Nandini Ghosh-Choudhury, pathology
"Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 in Breast Cancer Cell Growth and Skeletal Metastasis"
$46,561
Dr. Randolph D. Glickman, ophthalmology
"Laser Trans-Pupillary Thermotherapy: Research on the Optimal Treatment Parameters"
$22,490
Dr. Sumin Gu, biochemistry
"The Glutamine Transporters in Retinal Ganglion Cell Death and Glaucoma"
$28,000
Dr. Joseph M. Harrison, ophthalmology
"Dopamine D4 Receptor Knockout Mice and Retinal Function"
$1,739
Dr. George B. Kazantsev, surgery
"Adhesion Formation After Laparoscopic Ventral Incisional Hernia Repair with Polypropylene Mesh: A Follow-up Study Using Ultrasonic Detection of VS"
$2,000
Dr. Jose Luis Lopez-Ribot, medicine/infectious diseases
"Gene and Protein Expression Profiling in Candida Albicans Biofilms"
$14,900
Dr. Dewey M. Magee, microbiology
"Aerosol Exposure Chamber for Tuberculosis Vaccine and Therapy Testing"
$36,530
Dr. Stuart J. McKinnon, ophthalmology
"Tissue Analysis of Retinas Protected from Glaucoma by Gene Therapy"
$17,737
Dr. Chet Lawrence Nastala, surgery/plastic & reconstructive
"Reconstruction of Nipple/Areola with Tattooing in Breast Cancer Patients"
$3,415
Dr. Jean A. Petershack, pediatrics
"Dopamine-Induced Changes in Surfactant Proteins in Neonatal Lung Disorders"
$28,715
Dr. Duane W. Proppe, physiology
"Master of Science Degree Programs for K-12 Teachers"
$28,500
Linda Pruski, aging research and education center
"Stealth Gerontology"
$10,000
Dr. Paula Kay Shireman, surgery
"Measurement of Ischemic Leg Blood Flow with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)"
$13,900
Cheryl R. Staats, acute nursing care
"Diabetes/Heart Disease Community Outreach Project"
$13,300
Dr. LuZhe Sun, surgery/research
"Regulation of Telomerase Activity in Human Breast Cancer Cell"
$23,400
Dr. D. Denee Thomas, periodontics
"Attracting Students to Academic Dental Careers"
$3,700
Dr. Gail B. Williams, family nursing care
"Comparison of Screening Tools in the Detection of Violence in Pregnant Women"
$22,128


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