SIRC U54 2018 Pilot Research Projects Announced

The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center’s (SIRC) Pilot Project Program is administered through an NIH/NIMHD Specialized Center of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities grant entitled, “Leveraging Bio-Cultural Mechanisms to Maximize the Impact of Multi-Level Preventable Disease Interventions with Southwest Populations” (U54MD002316-12; PI: Flavio F. Marsiglia).

Under the auspices of SIRC’s Investigator Development Core (IDC), the pilot program is designed to encourage and support promising early stage investigators to develop and carry-out novel research projects that address health disparities causes and solutions, and help the investigators obtain the data and expertise necessary for successful externally-funded grant applications.

The priorities for the SIRC Pilot Projects integrate the scientific and community-based perspectives of SIRC researchers and SIRC’s Community Advisory Board. The Pilot Project Program supports early career investigators to conduct rigorous scientific research that investigates how biological, sociocultural and other contextual factors exert protection and/or increase risk for the development of chronic diseases, as well as efforts to prevent and treat them. 

We are pleased to announce the SIRC U54 Investigator Development Core (IDC) Pilot Research Project Awardees:

Alexis Koskan, PhD, School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, College of Health Solutions
Community Pharmacists Vaccinating Against Cancer (CPVAC): A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial Aimed at Increasing HPV Vaccine Completion Rates Among Racially/Ethnically Diverse Youth in Physicians


Hyunsung Oh, PhD, School of Social Work, College of Public Service and Community Solutions
Uncovering Functions of Social Networks Associated with Diabetes Management among Latino Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Social Support, Health Literacy, and Trust in Physicians


Erica Soltero, PhD, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Understanding the 24-Hour Activity Cycle in Latino Youth at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes


For more information about the projects, please visit: 2018 IDC Pilot Research Projects