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Pilot Grants Awarded

Current Multisite Pilot Projects (2016 – 2017)

Todd Seto
University of Hawaii AND Sreejayan Nair, University of Wyoming,

Return to Traditional Hawaiian Diet Study: Pilot Project to Improve Cardiometabolic Disparities Among Native Hawaiians

Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker
University of Wyoming AND Merrill Landers, University of Nevada Las Vegas:

Decreasing health disparities for persons with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in rural communities: Assessing feasibility of coordinated telehealth

Current Health Disparities Pilot Grants (2016 – 2017)

Lindsay Larkins
University of Idaho:

Mechanical Treatment for Pregnancy Related Lumbopelvic Pain: Immediate treatment effects and gait changes

Julie Salvador
University of New Mexico Health Sciences

Expansion of Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders in Rural Primary Care

Sherry Weitzen
University of New Mexico Health Sciences

Identifying predictors of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) towards developing a risk score model

Luke Conway
University of Montana

Improving Smoking Cessation Treatments Via Nature Exposure

Alex Santos
University of Montana

Rapid screening of TBI in student athletes and veterans of rural mountain west

Elizabeth Morgan
Idaho State University

Access and Barriers to Primary Care Among Deaf Users of American Sign Language

Aida Midgett
Boise State University

Evaluating a brief, stand-alone bullying bystander intervention for mixed-race middle schools in underserved, predominantly Hispanic population

Jinan Banna
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Preventing excessive gestational weight gain via short mobile messages in WIC

Yan Yan Wu
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Socioeconomic and Behavior Determinants of Heath Disparities in Hawaii, a Multi-Ethnic Study

Mariah Ehmke
University of Wyoming

Behavioral Economic Measures for Improved Child Immunization Rates in Wyoming

Michael Johnson
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Decision-Making Factors that Influence Cervical Cancer Screening Among Transgender Men

Heather Burkin
University of Nevada Reno

Mechanisms of Dysfunctional Quiescence in Preterm Labor

Fang Jiang
University of Nevada Reno

Multisensory perceptual training in the elderly

Ernesto Moralez
New Mexico State University

Adapted Integrative Health Coaching to Improve Pain Management for Hispanic Patients in Primary Care

2015 – 2016 Pilot Grants Awarded

  1. Sandra Benavides-Vaello, Montana State University
    Determining Diabetes and Hypertension Healthcare Needs for Low-Income Hispanics
  2. Jingchun Chen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    To Develop a Cellular Model of Microglia for Schizophrenia Research
  3. Annette Crisanti, University of New Mexico Health Sciences
    Development of the Impact of Peer Support Worker Instrument (I-PSW-I)
  4. Michelle D`Antoni, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Therapeutic Targeting of Chemokine Receptors to Probe Immunopathogenesis of HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders
  5. Clare Fitzpatrick, Boise State University
    Optimizing Surgical Treatment of Crouch Gait on a Patient-Specific Basis
  6. Karen Heath, University of Alaska Anchorage
    A Multi-Level Community-Based Fitness Intervention for Adults with ID
  7. John Holmes, Idaho State University
    Integrated Clinical Telepharmacist Delivered Chronic Disease Management in Rural Primary Care Clinics
  8. Daniel Hudock, Idaho State University
    EEG time-course analysis of the sensorimotor mu rhythm during speech perception
  9. Bryn Martin, University of Idaho
    MRI-based Biomarkers for Characterization of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  10. Marian Melish, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Effect of Doxycycline on Developing Coronary Aneurysms in Kawasaki Disease
  11. Cristina Murray-Krezan, University of New Mexico Health Sciences
    Informative Drop-out in Mammographic Density and Breast Cancer Risk Studies
  12. Domen Novak, University of Wyoming
    Robust driver attention monitoring by combining driving behavior with physiological measurements
  13. Phillip Post, New Mexico State University Aggie Play
  14. Laurie Slovarp, University of Montana
    Development of the Montana Screening for Behavioral Cough Therapy
  15. Jacqueline Snow, University of Nevada Reno
    How human food decisions are influenced by real objects versus image displays
  16. Qing Wu, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    A pilot study to Develop Personalized Reference Values of Bone Mineral Density

2014 – 2015 Pilot Grants Awarded

  1. Mary Cloud Ammons, Montana State University
    Biochemical association between skin microbiome and metabolomic landscape
  2. Rajal Cohen, University of Idaho
    Lighten up: Modifying postural state to reduce fall risk in older adults
  3. Robert Coker III, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    Therapeutic nutrition for alcohol rehabilitation
  4. Diana Doumas, Boise State University
    Efficacy of a web-based alcohol intervention for high school students
  5. Craig McFarland, University of Montana
    Using memory and imagination to combat depression
  6. Katherine Morris, University of New Mexico
    HSCG-CSF and G-CSFR as novel prognostic biomarkers in colorectal cancer
  7. Sreejayan Nair, University of Wyoming
    Effect of Fenugreek Furostanolic Saponin on insulin sensitivity in obese subjects
  8. Frances Nedjat-Haiem, New Mexico State University
    Improving advance care planning for older latinos with advanced cancers
  9. Diane Ogiela, Idaho State University
    Electrophysiology of plural -s processing in specific language impairment
  10. Bracher Posten, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation for Parkinson’s disease
  11. Thomas Rau, University of Montana
    The development of a mulit-dimensional system of oculomotort evaluation for mTBI
  12. Christopher Remien, University of Idaho
    Mathematical modeling of acetaminophen-induced liver injury to assess outcome
  13. Ivo Sah Bandar, University of Hawaii
    Role of gut Macrophages and the microbiome in HIV-associated Immune Activation
  14. Susan Tavernier, Idaho State University
    The patient voice in healthcare
  15. Christopher von Bartheld, University of Nevada, Reno
    Analysis of Molecular links between strabismus and schizophrenia
  16. Dong Xu, Idaho State University
    Predicting the risks of drug-induced serotonin syndrome in elderly patients

2013 – 2014 Pilot Grants Awarded

  1. Heather Burkin, University of Nevada, Reno
    Myometrial mTOR Regulation of Preterm Labor
  2. Jiguo Chen, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
    Clinical application of preferential amplification of pathogenic sequences method
  3. Mary Jo Cooley Hidecker, University of Wyoming
    Expanding the Communication Function Classification System (CFCS) to Adolescents and Adults with Cerebral Palsy
  4. Andrea Ferrante, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
    Immunogenetic analysis of Autoimmune Hepatitis in Alaska Natives
  5. Jane Grassley, Boise State University
    Building Young Women’s Health Literacy Skills through an Online Game to Promote Breastfeeding
  6. Elizabeth Hodges Snyder, University of Alaska Anchorage
    More water in the home for basic hygiene needs: Addressing feasibility, acceptability, and optimization of rainwater capture for rural Alaska homes that do not have in-house piped water.
  7. Merrill Landers, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    High-intensity exercise and fall prevention boot camp for Parkinsons disease
  8. Ryan Mays, University of Montana
    Community-based walking exercise enhanced by orthoses to improve walking ability in patients with peripheral artery disease
  9. Mary Miles, Montana State University
    Sugar-sweetened beverages decrease benefits of exercise in overweight adults
  10. Jean Pfau, Idaho State University
    Correlating Autoantibody Profiles in Asbestos Lung Disease Phenotypes
  11. John Scarbrough, New Mexico State University
    Screening and Brief Intervention for Diabetes and Hypertension in Medically Underserved Hispanic Males
  12. Isabel Silvestre, University of Nevada, Reno
    Risk of CFS Due to Alleles of IgG Receptor Genes that Impair ADCC
  13. Mingzhou Song, New Mexico State University
    Genome-wide nonparametric functional dependency studies across ethnic populations
  14. Chantal Vella, University of Idaho
    Exercise and c-reactive protein in young, overweight and obese adults
  15. Xiaomeng Xu, Idaho State University
    Understanding the role of self-expansion in physical activity

2012 – 2013 Pilot Grants Awarded

  1. Blakely Brown, University of Montana
    Developing and pilot testing parent education activities within a childhood obesity prevention after-school program.
  2. Suzanne Christopher, Montana State University
    Understanding treatment adherence and health promoting behaviors of individuals with chronic disease on the Crow Reservation.
  3. Luke Conway, University of Montana
    Using Cognitive Complexity Research to Increase Hardened Smokers’ Quit Attempts.
  4. Kenneth Izuora, University of Nevada, Reno
    Impact of periodontal disease on outcomes in diabetes.
  5. Yu Kuang, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Combined Circulating Tumor DNA and Molecular Imaging to Monitor Therapeutic Response in Sarcoma.
  6. Seth Walk, Montana State University
    Multicenter surveillance of Clostridium difficile infection in the United States: Examination of current testing guidelines.
  7. Brian P. Bothner, Montana State University
    Mass spectrometry-based analysis of clinical predictors for hemorrhagic shock.
  8. Iain Buxton, University of Nevada, Reno
    Post-Translational S-nitrosation of Therapeutic Targets in Preterm Labor.
  9. Robert Coker, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
    Muscle Preservation during Weight Loss in Older, Obese Individuals.
  10. Eric Dugan, Boise State University
    Temporal structure of variability in gait post stroke.
  11. Mark Guiberson, University of Wyoming
    Telehealth Behavioral Phenotype Language Impairment Markers for Spanish-speakers.
  12. Cheryl Jorcyk, Boise State University
    Association of serum OSM levels with metastatic breast cancer and therapeutic options.
  13. David Lee, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Walking biomechanics of persons with amputations wearing the Odyssey bionic ankle.
  14. Colin McGill, University of Alaska, Anchorage
    Devil’s Club: Therapeutic Potential for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  15. Mary Nies, Idaho State University
    Spatial and Census Data to Evaluate Obese Persons and their Environment (SCOPE).
  16. Samantha Ramsay, University of Idaho
    Effectiveness of Child Centered Nutrition Phrases to Improve Food Behaviors.
  17. Kristynia Robinson, New Mexico State University
    Technology use to support behavior change in adults with chronic illness: A pilot.
  18. Martin Schiller, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    Combinatorial GWAS analysis of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
  19. Denise Wingett, Boise State University
    An NK cell subset and beta-adrenergic agonist dysregulation of T cell CD40L in asthma.
  20. Wendy Woodall, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    ERH screening Medical/Dental Risk Factors and CVD, T2 Diabetes, and Sleep Disorders.


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