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Title Major Research Success UT Houston
Year 2010
Contributor/Contact Mohammad Hossein Rahbar
CTSA UT Houston
Success Topic Collaboration, Consortium, Methods/core grants
Description of Success Our major research successes that were directly helped by our BERD members include: 1) The development of the DCC for the PRospective Observational Multicenter Massive Transfusion sTudy (PROMMTT; PI: Rahbar, BERD Director), funded by the DoD?, directly contributed to the establishment of a Center for Translational Injury Research (CeTIR?) at UTHealth and the funding of the Prospective Randomized Optimal Platelet and Plasma Ratios (PROPPR) study, funded by DoD?/NHLBI. 2) The BERD Director (Dr. Rahbar) serves as the PI of the Data Core for the Specialized Programs of Translational Research in Acute Stroke (SPOTRIAS) network, which conducts several innovative Phase I & II stroke trials. NINDS requested involvement of our BERD faculty on the Data Core for the UT-Houston SPOTRAIS P50 grant. 3) BERD collaborations has significantly contributed to the advancement of the research programs focused on complex diseases (e.g., TB and DM) through a community-based participatory paradigm, as well as the establishment of a collaborative network with colleagues at the University of Texas School of Public Health at Brownsville (UTSPH-B), which has strengthened Brownsville's innovative community based research programs and increased their capacity to reduce health disparities in the Hispanic and minority populations along the US border with Mexico. 4) BERD collaborations with faculty at the University of Cincinnati to develop and disseminate educational material the development of Bayesian adaptive design methodology and its implementation. Our BERD faculty particularly our co-Director, Dr. Donald Berry at MDACC has played a significant role on this important collaboration. Drs. Rahbar and del Junco serve as co-investigators on this project. 5) A collaborative research network in prostate cancer has been developed with seed funding from our CTSA's multi-disciplinary research program (MRP). CT investigators at our partner institution, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Drs. Douglas Boyd, Jeri Kim and Patricia Parker, are closely collaborating with BERD faculty, Drs. Deborah del Junco and Erin Fox, with UT School of Public Health Dean of the San Antonio regional campus, Dr. Sharon Cooper, and with physician researchers in the US Air Force, Drs. Edith Canby-Hagino, Marc Goldhagen and David Rogers, to elucidate the epidemiology of low-risk prostate cancer in USAF men under age 55 years, to identify facilitators and barriers for an active surveillance program, and to discover sensitive, early biomarkers that predict the rates of progression following the initial diagnosis of low-risk prostate cancer.
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