Division of Research : New Projects

New Projects

Kenneth Proctor, PhD, Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care, continues his studies in novel approaches to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) via testing new monitoring strategies for the triage of combat casualties with a new three-year grant from the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). The $1.92 million dollar award entitled, “Evaluation of SOCOM Wireless Monitor in Trauma Patients,” will explore technological strategies that provide evidence-based decisions to triage; to prioritize transport, and to monitor vital signs and trends from up to five injured patients. This rapid, simple, non-invasive test will signal a need for urgent intervention, reduce the number of unnecessary tests and could improve patient care and also save cost and time at any trauma center. The main focus of the study is to validate the system for combat casualty care (including, but not limited to, Traumatic Brain Injury). (cited Public Abstract)

David Robbins, PhD, Research Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology and Molecular Oncology Program, received his second NIH R01 award in July 2010 for his project entitled, “Elucidating the Function of Hedgehog Signaling Complexes.” This is a five-year, $1.53 millions dollar project. NIH Project Narrative: Human components of the Hedgehog (HH) signaling pathway play an important role in both normal development and in various human pathologies. The long-term goal of our research is to elucidate how HH contributes to human development, and how this regulation is disrupted in various human pathologies. Prior to achieving these goals, we will have to understand the normal physiology of HH, how it is presented to receiving cells and how these cells interpret this signal. The knowledge gained as a result of this work could be used to design preventative or curative strategies for the different human pathologies that result from a deregulated HH pathway.