Student and faculty grant recipients
The Wendy Klag Center sponsors competitive research grants to students and faculty. The next call for applications will go out in early January 2017, with the deadline in mid-March 15, 2017. Below are funded projects from prior years:
Funded Faculty Projects -2014
- Elise Pas, PhD, Assistant Scientist in the Department of Mental Health, in collaboration with the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Project: “Reducing Behavior Problems Among Students with ASD through Coaching Teachers in a Mixed-Reality Setting”
- Alden Gross, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, in collaboration with the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Project: “Development and validation of a continuous scale of autism severity across ADOS modules”
Student/Post-Doctoral Projects -2014
- Luke Kalb, doctoral student in the Department of Mental Health. Project: “Effects of Federal Mental Health Parity on Psychiatric Emergency Department Use among Privately Insured Youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder”
- Kelly Bakulski, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology. Project: “Heavy metals exposure and autism spectrum disorders in the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI)”
- Allan Andersen, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Mental Health, in collaboration with the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Project: “A survey of cost and effectiveness of parental responses to elopement among children with ASD in the Interactive Autism Network”
Funded Faculty Projects -2015
- Li-Ching Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist in the Department of Epidemiology. Project: “Parent-Mediated In-Home Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Bangladesh”
Student/Post-Doctoral Projects -2015
- Kripa Raghavan, doctoral student in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health. Project: “Preconceptional and Prenatal Micronutrient Determinants of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities in a US Urban Low Income Minority Birth Cohort”
Funded Faculty Projects -2016
- Robert Gilman, MD, Professor in the Department of International Health. Project: “Smell as Diagnostic Aid for Autism.”
- Vanya Jones, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior & Society. Project: “Childhood Unintentional Injury Safety Practices: What are the experiences of parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?”
- Heather Volk, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mental Health, Project: “Measurement of Environmental Exposure Biomarkers in Shed Deciduous Teeth.”
Student/Post-Doctoral Projects -2016
- Martha Brucato, MD/PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology. Project: “Developing Methods Utilizing Machine Learning and Latent Class Analysis to Identify Children with ASD in Administrative Health Data.”
- Bo Y. Park, post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Mental Health. Project: “Maternal Metabolic Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Risk.”
Funded Faculty Project -2017
- Chris Ladd-Acosta, PhD, an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology. Project: “Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder.” The main goal of Ladd-Acosta’s study is to test the hypothesis that five ASD risk exposures (air pollution, maternal obesity, fever, infection and maternal autoimmune disorders) increase levels of prostaglandin E2 and that prenatal exposure to increased levels of PGE2 is associated with increased risk for ASD in the offspring. She will be working with data from the Early Autism Risk Longitudinal Investigation (EARLI Study).
Student/Post-Doctoral Project -2017
- Doctoral student Calliope Holingue, MPH, received funding for her proposal. Project: “Microbiome Composition and Structure of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Addressing the gastrointestinal problems of some children with ASD, Holingue’s research goals are to identify the fecal microbial profiles of 30 children with ASD who attend a program at Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders and to determine whether anxiety and sensory sensitivities are associated
Funded Faculty Projects - 2018
- Gazi F. Azad, assistant professor at JHSPH and a clinical psychologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Project: "Partners in School: Improving Continuity of Care Across Home and School for Children with Autism."
- J. Marie Hardwick, JHSPH professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, jointly funded in this project with doctoral student Madhura Kulkarni, “Underlying mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorder-related genes."
Funded Student/Post-Doctoral Project 2018
- Madhura Kulkarni, a doctoral student in the lab of J. Marie Hardwick, who was jointly funded with Dr. Hardwick for their project "Underlying mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorder-related genes."