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New voucher awards boost research

by Cindy Abole
Public Relations
The South Carolina Clinical & Translational Research Institute (SCTR) is offering voucher awards of up to a $1,000 in support. These awards are open to all MUSC-affiliated principal investigators.
MUSC scientists and investigators can benefit from this funding opportunity for research services and supplies to complete preliminary data for grant proposals, improve the science and safety of a study, and add a translational
focus to the research.
So far, 38 researchers have received SCTR voucher funds, according to Leila Forney, R.N., lead research navigator of the SCTR Success Center. Some of the approved services and equipment funded includes patient care services (EKG, urine pregnancy testing, urine drug screening), lab testing (complete metabolic panels, estradiol, progesterone), research study supplies (blood pressure cuffs, microphone for a hearing study), and data-analysis software for community research.
“The SCTR voucher program provides a quick, easy process for researchers,” said Royce Sampson, R.N., SCTR Finance and Administration director. According to Sampson, this model supports SCTR director Kathleen Brady's idea of a Johnny Appleseed approach to funding research—plant lots of seeds and things will grow. “We want to spread the word about it as much as possible.”
The vouchers are open to any MUSC investigator conducting basic, clinical, translational or community research. Once approved, funding will remain available to the approved voucher applicant for six months. The vouchers are part of a ongoing program involving rolling enrollment and are different from pilot projects or K12 funded research awards. A principal investigator may have two SCTR voucher awards simultaneously as long as the research conducted occurs in two different research protocols.
MUSC’s Center for Drug and Alcohol Program (CDAP) post doctoral researcher William Griffin III, Ph.D., is a recipient of SCTR voucher program funds for his work on neurobiology of alcohol and the brain. Griffin learned about the program from CDAP administrator Bob Peiffer and shared details about the program with other CDAP faculty. CDAP participates in several of the country’s major clinical trials and conducts the latest research on alcoholism and substance abuse dependence. Griffin quickly applied for funding to help with the purchase of study medication such as methylphenidate or Ritalin. Griffin received $1,000 to study the interactive effects of alcohol with methylphenidate.
Applicants may contact the SCTR Success Center, 125 Doughty St., Suite 100 or complete a form online at and scrolling to the SCTR Voucher Program under the Research at MUSC heading. Next, complete the SCTR Service Request Form. A user NET ID and password are required. For information, call 792-8300.

Friday, June 25, 2010

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