Eight UF research teams awarded MBI grant funding

By Todd Taylor

The McKnight Brain Institute will distribute $744,000 in research funding to eight teams of investigators conducting neuroscience and neuromedicine research at the University of Florida.

The funding supports investigator-initiated programmatic research and the acquisition of essential equipment for research projects with potential to gain extramural grant support and facilitate collaborative science at UF.

“These awards will advance the MBI’s mission of supporting collaborative research to increase our understanding of how the central nervous system works and how it is affected by disease,” said Kevin St.P. McNaught, Ph.D., MBI Chief Science Officer. “Ultimately, we hope that these studies and resources will help lead to the development of better treatments for patients.”

2022 MBI Programmatic Research & Equipment Support Grant Recipients

CellCelector to enable unparalleled access to patient derived single cells for enhanced brain cancer diagnostics and therapeutics

Contact PI: Elias Sayour, M.D., Ph.D.

Investigators: Loic Deleyrolle, Ph.D.; Catherine Flores, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Harrison, Ph.D.; Jianping Huang, M.D., Ph.D.; Brian Hoh, M.D., M.B.A.; Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D.; Carlos Rinaldi, Ph.D.; Greg Sawyer, Ph.D.; David Tran, M.D., Ph.D.

Matthew Burns

Establishing an MBI high throughput tissue clearing and immunolabeling co-op for novel multimodal whole brain imaging and data analysis pipeline in aging and neurodegenerative research

Contact PI: Matthew Burns, M.D., Ph.D.

Co-PIs: Sara Burke, Ph.D.; Habibeh Khoshbouei, Ph.D.; Jennifer Bizon, Ph.D.; A. Zare, Ph.D.; Shreya Saxena, Ph.D.; Marcelo Febo, Ph.D.; Barry Setlow, Ph.D.; Benoit Giasson, Ph.D.

David Vaillancourt

Ex vivo neuroimaging in preclinical models

Contact PI: David Vaillancourt, Ph.D.

Key Personnel: James Collins, Ph.D.; Brad Wilkes, Ph.D.

doctor Stefanie Bodison

fMRI equipment package

Contact PI: Stefanie Bodison, OTD

PIs: Matthew Gurka, Ph.D.; Lisa Scott, Ph.D.; Steven Weisberg, Ph.D.

Mouse & rat anesthesia systems

Contact PI: Michael Jaffee, M.D.

Co-Investigators: Jose Abisambra, Ph.D.; Michael Pizzi, M.D.

Neurovascular protection by adropin after subarachnoid hemorrhage – in vivo imaging of cortical blood flow and cortical spreading depolarization after SAH

Contact PI: Brian Hoh, M.D., M.B.A.

PIs: Brian Hoh, M.D., M.B.A.; Eduardo Candelario-Jalil, Ph.D.; Carolina Maciel, M.D.

Co-Investigators: Koji Hosaka, Ph.D.; Brandon Lucke-Wold, M.D., M.B.A.

Gordon Mitchell

Oxygen therapeutics for spinal cord injury

Contact PI: Gordon Mitchell, Ph.D.

PIs: Gordon Mitchell, Ph.D.; David Fuller, Ph.D.; Prodip Bose, M.D., Ph.D.; Elisa Gonzalez-Rothi, Ph.D.

Co-Investigators: Cyndi Garvan, Ph.D.; Terrie Vasilopoulos, Ph.D.

erica dale

Rodent inhalant system with capabilities for self-administration and simultaneous breathing measurements

Contact PI: Erica Dale, Ph.D.

Investigators: Barry Setlow, Ph.D.; Leah Reznikov, Ph.D.; Marek Schwendt, Ph.D.; Daniel Wesson, Ph.D.; Lori Knackstedt, Ph.D.; Adriaan Bruijnzeel, Ph.D.; Jay McLaughlin, Ph.D.; Marcelo Febo, Ph.D.; David Fuller, Ph.D.; Gordon Mitchell, Ph.D.