The Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center Executive Advisory Board/UCLA CTSI Pilot Awards have announced five projects will be funded this year. Since 2012, UCLA CTSI has collaborated with the Iris Cantor-UCLA Women’s Health Center and its Executive Advisory Donor Board, providing over $1 million to 50 investigators from UCLA and CTSI partner institutions through this program.
Awards this year will support the work of senior and junior faculty—as well as trainees who are just establishing their research interests—and will fund translational and basic science research. Awarded trainees receive Young Investigator Awards which funds the research of a PhD candidate or postdoctoral student with the support of a principal mentor.
Projects aim to understand the effect of female chromosomes and estrogen on diabetes and heart disease, develop the use of artificial intelligence to improve “Pap” smear testing for cervical cancer, investigate the basis for life-threatening hypertension that develops because of pregnancy, and explore new approaches to treatment resistance in ovarian cancer.
2021 awardees include: