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Research Newsletter-Spring/Summer 2006

Recent Pilot Project Awards

The LPI Pilot Project Awards are designed to stimulate innovative research projects by Oregon State University scientists that are relevant to the mission of the Institute. These $20,000, one-year awards, made possible by financial support from LPI donors, enable investigators to obtain preliminary results that can be used to support research grant applications to federal funding agencies for more extensive projects.

Four awards were made in 2005. Dr. Theresa Filtz, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, is studying the "Effects of hawthorn (Crataegus) plant extracts on cultured cardiomyocytes and endothelial cells." Dr. Emily Ho, LPI Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, is investigating "Zinc status and age-related macular degeneration (AMD)." Dr. Chrissa Kioussi, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, is determining the "Roles of selenoprotein W during mammalian development and growth." Dr. Fred Stevens, LPI Principal Investigator and Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, conducts research on the "Enzymatic ascorbylation of lipid peroxidation products."

Three awards were made in April 2006. Dr. Christopher Draheim, Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, will investigate "Atherosclerosis and inflammation response in a Down syndrome mouse model." Dr. Gayle Orner, LPI Research Assistant Professor, will conduct studies on the "Prevention of aflatoxin-induced carcinogenesis by combinations of chlorophyllin and NovaSil." Dr. Debbie Mustacich, LPI Research Associate, will study "Cisplatin-induced neuropathy and vitamin E deficiency."

Please look for reports by these investigators in future LPI Research Newsletters.

Last updated June, 2006