Skip to content

Medicine Matters

Sharing successes, challenges and daily happenings in the Department of Medicine

Medicine Matters Home Congratulations Institute for Clinical & Translational Research Pilot Awards

Institute for Clinical & Translational Research Pilot Awards

Pilot awards to catalyze new research collaborations are a key component of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Strategic Plan. With institutional financial support and the leadership of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Research Council, the Institute for Clinical & Translational Research has reviewed the 2015 Discovery Fund applications from faculty members reflecting the full spectrum of research at Johns Hopkins. Of the 187 applications, 20 will receive funded discovery awards. The following DOM faculty members received awards for their projects:

Innovation Awardees

  • Hiroshi Ashikaga, assistant professor, Division of Cardiology, Painless Therapy for Sudden Death
  • Joel Blankson, associate professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Induction of Protective HIV-Specific CD8 T Cell Responses by Cross Reactive Microbial Peptides as a Potential Cause of Elite Contro​l
  • Jiande Chen, professor (PAR), Division of Gastroenterology, Sacral Nerve Stimulation for Inflammatio

For the full list of Innovation Awardees, click here:

Nexus Award RecipientsLloyd-Miller-professional-photo-2012

Dr. Lloyd Miller, associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Dermatology and Orthopaedic Surgery received the Nexus Award for Innovations in Drug Delivery and will explore the efficacy of antimicrobial polymer implant coatings in his project tilted, “An Electrospun Polymer Implant Coating as a Tunable Antimicrobial Release Delivery System to Prevent Prosthetic Joint Infections.”


  • Dr. Mariana Lazo-Elizondo, assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Epidemiology received the Nexus Award for Secondary Analyses of Biomarkers Relevant to Cardiovascular Disease, Kidney, Diabetes or Related Disorders and will use funds to support an ancillary study of the Look AHEAD trial in her project tilted, “Pilot Study of the Short and Long-term Effects of an Intensive Lifestyle Intervention on Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease among Adults with Type 2 Diabetes.”



For information on the awards and funding opportunities, visit:


Kelsey Bennett