Awardees of Pediatrics Funding

Current Awardees

Andrew David Sit Foundation Innovators Fund Award

Andrew David Sit Foundation Innovators Fund Award

The purpose of this grant is to drive breakthrough research and care, and support University of Minnesota investigators in the Pediatric Heart Center who are pursuing the most promising research in pediatric cardiology and congenital heart disease.

'Defining the factors preventing aortic aneurysm formation from the study of two mouse models of mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I)'

      Dr. Elizabeth Braunlin, MD, PhD - 2018 Awardee

'Impact of a Novel Electronic Reporting System on the Detection of Congenital Heart Disease in Minnesota'

      Dr. Jamie Lohr, MD - 2017 Awardee

Boston Scientific Innovators Fund

Boston Scientific Innovators Fund

The Boston Scientific Innovators Fund will continue to drive breakthrough research and care, and support University of Minnesota researchers who demonstrate a promising track record for novel approaches advancing early stage ideas. The fund would make possible inventive projects and clinical trials, to find new treatments and cures for children's cardiovascular disease. 

'Assessment of the impact of transcatheter stenting of aortic coarctation on the left ventricular afterload and work using left ventricular pressure volume loops."

      Gurumurthy Hiremath, MD - 2018 Awardee

      Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology

Masonic Cross-Departmental Grant

Masonic Cross-Departmental Grant

The Masonic Cross-Departmental grants are intended to support new or expanding interdisciplinary research in Children's Health that is innovative and has a high potential for future funding and discovery.

2018 Awardees

Admixture and the Risk of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in African - American Children: The ADMIRAL Study 

      Logan Spector, PhD - Department of Pediatrics, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research

      Nathan Pankratz, PhD - Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Cellular and Molecular Dissection of the Impact of Developmental Vitamin A Deficiency on Brain Disorders

      Yasushi Nakagawa, MD, PhD - Department of Neuroscience

      Michael K. Georgieff, MD - Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology 

Preparing Heart and Mind™: A Patient Engagement Pathway for Parents and Healthcare Providers after a Major Fetal Anomaly Diagnosis

      Anne Chevalier McKechnie, PhD, RN - School of Nursing

      Matthew Ambrose, MD - Department of Pediatircs, Division of Pediatric Cardiology 

2017 Awardees

‘Histopathologic Effects and Treatment of Cytomegalovirus Infections in Human and Guinea Pig Cochlea’

      Mark Schleiss, MD - Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology 

      Sebahattin Cureoglu, MD – Department of Otolaryngology

‘Neuromodulation augmented cognitive remediation to improve executive dysfunction in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder’

      Jeffrey Wozniak, PhD, LP - Department of Psychiatry

      Christopher Boys, PhD, LP - Department of Pediatrics, Division of Clinical Behavioral Neuroscience

Pediatrics Clinical / Teaching Scholar Award

Pediatrics Clinical / Teaching Scholar Award

The purpose of this grant is to provide seed funds for clinical, research or other support services needed to assist junior faculty in achieving a benchmark needed for promotion. 

'Bilirubin’s Neuroprotective Role in the Developing Brain'

      Dr. Katherine Satrom, M.D. - 2018 Awardee

‘Bedside Ultrasound to Assess the Impact of Preprocedural Fasting on Gastric Contents and Volume’

      Dr. Pablo Avendano, MD, MPH – 2017 Awardee

‘Event-related Potentials for Early Detection of the Cerebral Form of X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy: A Feasibility Study’

      Dr. Elizabeth Pierpont, PhD – 2017 Awardee

Pediatric Cross-Divisional Grant

Pediatric Cross-Divisional Grant

The Pediatric Cross-Divisional Grant is a competitive funding mechanism to facilitate collaborations across divisions with a clear metric toward a larger external grant, clinical trial or other meaniful scholarship that will bring recognition to the Department of Pediatrics.

'Biomarkers of Bilirubin Neurotoxicity'

      Katherine Satrom, MD and Troy Lund, MD, Ph.D. - 2018 Awardees

      Division of Neonatology and Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation 

‘Breast Milk Acquired CMV Infections in Premature Infants Increase the Risk of Chronic Lung Disease and Secondary Bacterial Infections’

      Erin A. Osterholm, MD and Mark R. Schleiss, MD - 2017 Awardees

      Division of Pediatric Neonatology and Infectious Diseases

Pediatric "R" Award

Pediatric "R" Award

The Pediatric "R" Award provides support to faculty members with a primary appointment in the Department of Pediatrics who plan to submit an R01 application or pursue a similar national level funding opportunity. 


2018 Awardees

'Tracking dual TCR T cells in health and disease'

     Dr. Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD

'Gut Microbiomes and Early Human Neurodevelopment'

      Dr. Cheryl Gale, MD

'Correction of Patient Specific Fanconi Anemia Mutations using Base Editor Technology'

      Dr. Branden Moriarity, MD 

'Exploring brain MRI/MRS markers to predict the onset of childhood cerebral Adrenoleukodystrophy (CCALD)'

      Dr. Igor Nestrasil, MD, PhD 

2017 Awardees

‘Creating a Minnesota Statewide Population-based Study of Children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis’

      Dr. Colleen Correll, MD, MPH 

‘Enhanced Early Nutrition for Preterm Infants to Improve Neurodevelopment and Minimize Metabolic Risk’

      Dr. Sara Ramel, MD

‘Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Doula Care for Incarcerated Pregnant Women’

      Dr. Rebecca Shlafer, PhD, MPH 

‘The Coordinated Roles of PHD and JARID in Early-Life Iron Deficiency-Induced Adult Neural Gene Dysregulation’

      Dr. Phu V. Tran, PhD 

Summer's Wish Pediatric Cardiology Innovators Fund

Summer's Wish Pediatric Cardiology Innovators Fund

The purpose of the Summer's Wish Pediatric Cardiology Innovators Fund is to drive breakthrough reserach that has high potential to inform our understanding of pediatric heart disease, and the translational research that is crucial to the implementation testing of that work in the laboratory and clinic to improve outcomes for children who undergo heart transplantation. 

'Stress-induced cardiac and cardiovascular dysfunctions in Duchenne muscular dystrophy'

      Dr. Alessandro Bartolomucci, Ph.D - 2018 Awardee

'Impact of Statewide Electronic Reporting of Critical Congenital Heart Disease Screening on Detection and Outcomes of Cardiac Disease in the First Year of Life'

       Dr. Jamie Lohr, MD - 2018 Awardee

‘Optimizing Human iPSC-derived Cardiac Myocytes for Translation to the Hypoplastic Left Heart’

      Dr. Joseph Metzger, PhD – 2017 Awardee

‘Clinical Trial Approval for a Pediatric Conduit that Grows’

      Dr. Robert Tranquillo, PhD – 2017 Awardee

Previous Awardees

Alexander C. Jundt Award

Alexander C. Jundt Award

2013 - Raghavendra Rao, MD

2012 - Michael Kyba, PhD

2011 - Alistair McGregor, PhD

2010 - Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD

2009 - Sing Sing Way, MD, PhD

2008 - Lisa Schimmenti, MD

2007 - Xianzheng Zhou, MD, PhD

2006 - Glenn Gourley, MD

2005 - Brenda Weigel, MD

2004 - Wei Chen, MD

2003 - Michael Verneris, MD

2002 - Cheryl Gale, MD

2001 - Iris Borowsky, MD, PhD

2000 - Imad Haddad, MD

1999 - Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, PhD

1998 - Elizabeth Ingulli, MD

1997 - Julie Ross, PhD

1996 - Antoinette Moran, MD

1995 - Warren Regelmann, MD

1994 - Paul Orchard, MD

1993 - John Wagner, MD

1992 - Susan Berry, MD

Cross-Divisional Grants

Cross-Divisional Grants


  • Mark Osborn (BMT), Anna Petryk (Endocrinology), and Paul Orchard (BMT)

"Targeting the pathological bone manifestations of mucopolysaccharidosis type IH"

  • Sarah Cusick (Global Peds), Lynda Polgreen (Endocrinology), Maria Kroupina (Global Pediatrics) and Troy Lund (BMT)

"Vitamin D status: Association with iron therapy effectiveness and risk of malaria infection"

  • Erin Osterholm (Neonatology) and Mark Schleiss (Infectious Diseases)

"Impact of Breast Milk-Acquired Cytomegalovirus Infections on Clinical Outcomes in Premature Infants"

Irvine McQuarrie Award

Irvine McQuarrie Award

2012 - Sara Ramel

2010 - Lynda Polgreen, MD

2008 - Bryce Binstadt, MD, PhD

2006 - Marla Eisenberg, ScD, MPH

2006 - Arif Somani, MD

2002 - Elizabeth Ingulli, MD

2000 - Margaret MacMillan, MD

2000 - Raghavendra Rao, MD

1998 - Iris Borowsky, MD, PhD

1996 - Stella Davies, MBBS, PhD

1994 - Paul Orchard, MD

1992 - Emmanuel Katsanis, MD

1990 - Kimberly Krabill, MD

Pediatrics Clinical / Teaching Scholar Award

Pediatrics Clinical / Teaching Scholar Award

The purpose of this grant is to provide seed funds for clinical, research or other support services needed to assist junior faculty in achieving a benchmark needed for promotion. 

‘Cancer after Kidney Transplantation in Children’

      Dr. Sarah Kizilbash, MD – 2017 Awardee

Summer Pediatric Research "SUPER" Award

Summer Pediatric Research "SUPER" Award

This grant is a collaboration between the Department of Pediatrics Research Council and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (EDIC), which provides a funding mechanism to support a summer internship program for students who are underrepresented in Pediatric research. 

'Identifying Barriers to Quality End-of-Life Card for Children with Serious Illness'

      Naomi Goloff, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM - 2018 Awardee

      Asma Galab, Undergraduate Student from St. Catherine University studying Public Health

Vikings Jr. Faculty Award

Vikings Jr. Faculty Award


  • Gwen Fischer (Critical Care)

"Weight based epinephrine applicator for pediatric cardiac arrest."

  • Tate Gisslen (Neonatology)

"Effects of intra-amniotic LPS on the developing neurons of fetal and neonatal rats."

  • Janet Hume (Critical Care)

"Role of novel superantigen Selx in cardiac dysfunction in a murine model of CA-MRSA sepsis."

  • Amy Linabery (Epidemiology)

"Genetic susceptibility to pediatric and adolescent Hodgkin lymphoma."