Friday, July 25, 2014

Award Season!

Guest Blogger: Katie Carlin, Director, Research Development and Planning

It’s been an exciting fourth quarter in the Research Development Office at MHRI. Personally, for me, it’s been a wonderful opportunity to watch investigators, administrators, associates, Mi2 innovators and MedStar philanthropy and foundation team members come together across the system to submit a wide variety of research proposals that all aim to advance health. Most recently, several MedStar investigators have been recognized with external grant funding. I would like to take a moment to share their accomplishments with the larger MedStar Health community. Please join me in congratulating the following investigators for their important contributions to research at MedStar Health:

  • Risa Fishman, MD, Medical Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health at Medstar Washington Hospital was recently funded by the Department of Behavioral Health and the DC State Mental Health Planning council for the proposal “Embedding Psychiatry into Primary Care: Improving the Quality of Behavioral Health Services through an Integrated Care Delivery Model.” As part of the study Dr. Fishman will evaluate a care delivery model in which a mental health specialist is embedded in the Primary Care treatment setting.

  • Zijun Zhang, MD, PhD, Director of the Orthobiologic Laboratory, Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital was recently awarded by the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund, to study the topic of “Enhancing the Revitalization and Incorporation of Bone Allograft with Circulating Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs).”

  •  MedStar Union Memorial Hospital was recently selected as one of 11 hospitals to be awarded grant funding by the CareFusion Foundation as part of the Foundation’s second annual Clinical Excellence Grant Program. The MedStar program, led by Rohit Gulati, MD, MBA, assistant vice president of Medical Affairs at the Baltimore hospital, aims to increase outpatient medication adherence through a technological reminder system tightly coupled with in-person and phone-based reminders.

Congratulations again and stay tuned for more award announcements!

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