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UAB NORC 2015 "Creativity is a Decision" Award

August 10, 2015

The UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center is pleased to announce the recipients of our fifth annual “Creativity is a Decision Awards”. Each of the applicants chosen for the award had earlier submitted a one page description of a truly creative idea for a new research project. These were ranked by a group of outside and inside reviewers, and the top ranked proposals selected.

The selected faculty or staff award winners and their proposed projects are:

  • Andrew Brown, PhD - “Processing and Preventing p-Fiddling in Nutrition Obesity Research”.
    Dr. Brown, a research scientist in the Office of Energetics, proposed idea will be made into an application to the NIDDK for an R01 award, which will be submitted in October 2015.
  • Joshua Speed, PhD – “Is Endothelin-1 the Link Between Dietary Salt and Obesity?
    Dr. Speed, an Instructor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, will use his proposed research idea for a K01 award application to the NIH in October 2015.
  • Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PhD – “Ketogenic diet is medicine”.
    Dr. Yarar-Fisher, an Instructor in the Department of Nutrition Sciences, will submit her proposal to the NICHD in October 2015 as an R01 award application.

The selected postdoctoral award winners and their proposed projects are:

  • Megan Tipre, PhD – “Exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM2.5) and obesity among adults and children in Alabama”.
    Dr. Tipre, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Epidemiology, is using this proposal as the basis for a K99/R00 application to NIEHS in October 2015.
  • Hui-Ju Young, PhD – “Muscle Echo Intensity: Using Ultrasound as a Tool to Assess Intramuscular Fat and Obesity”.
    Dr. Young, a postdoctoral fellow with the UAB/Lakeshore Research Collaborative, will submit her proposal to the NIH as a K99/R00 in October 2015.

The selected predoctoral award winners and their proposed projects are:

  • Sarah Katherine Sweatt – “A potential mechanism linking psychosocial stress, energy metabolism, and disease”.
    Ms. Sweatt, a PhD graduate student in the department of Nutrition Sciences, is currently writing her proposal into a grant application to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Eliminating Health Disparities.
  • Louis Watanabe – “The Impacts of Genetic Background and Epigenetics on Exercise Response in Drosophila melanogaster”.
    Mr. Watanabe, a PhD graduate student in the Department of Biology, will submit this proposal as an F31 application to the NIH in December 2015.