January 10, the Comparative Medicine Institute’s Emerging and Infectious Disease Program held it a seed grant competition specifically for the Associate Members. This important community-building event was hosted at the College of Veterinary Medicine Research Building. Three grants for a total of $5000 each were handed out. For one of the proposals, EID partnered with the Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM) to fund an interdisciplinary proposal between a Duke University Principal Investigator and an EID NCSU Associate Member, which centered on a topic related to evolutionary medicine.
Important major aspects of the submitted proposals were that the Associate Member had to form a collaboration between two existing CMI Full Member labs and it must be interdisciplinary. New collaborations were preferred but established partnerships were accepted.
There were 10 presentations which were 3-5 minutes in length. The results were based on the combination of votes from members present at the event and evaluation by the EID steering committee.
Winning proposals were:
“Alkylamides to treat postherpetic neuralgia” by Stephanie Johnstone.
“Exploration of the neutrophilic immunomodulatory properties of platelet-rich plasma lysate against bacterial aggregates in synovial fluid” by Jessica Gilbertie.
“Evolutionary medicine framework for evaluating methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus at the human-animal interface” by Christine Wang (EID/TriCEM award).