Touro Selects Faculty Members for First Seed Funding Grant Program Awards
Dr. Alan Kadish, president and CEO of the Touro College and University System, wrote the following letter to the Touro community:
I am pleased to announce the first awards under our new Seed Funding Grant Program:
- Chandra Bakshi, DVM, PhD, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, New York Medical College and Alison McCormick, PhD, Touro University California College of Pharmacy, “Multivalent Tularemia Vaccine Based on Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV) Displaying Protective Antigens”
- Joseph Wu, PhD, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New York Medical College and Miriam Gochin, PhD, Touro University California College of Medicine, “Prostate Cancer Prevention Mechanisms and Targets by Novel Resveratrol Analogs”
Established in 2013, this Touro College and University System-wide program seeks to enhance the likelihood of external funding for biomedical and health sciences projects that are novel and inter-disciplinary. The recipients were selected through a rigorous internal peer review process modeled upon that used by the National Institutes of Health
The Seed Funding Grant Program particularly seeks to foster collaborative research across our campuses and is part of our overall strategy to sustain and enlarge our entire research footprint.
This program, along with the Bridge Funding Grant Program, flow out of a series of recommendations that emerged from the work of the Research Advancement Task Force that I appointed in 2011. As I have mentioned in the notice about the earlier Bridge Funding Grant Program awards, that Task Force was charged with exploring a viable and focused three to five year plan to increase the volume of basic and clinical research and improve research support in the biomedical and health sciences at New York Medical College and collaboratively across the Touro College and University System. From that activity a Touro College and University System Biomedical and Health Sciences Research Council emerged with faculty and administrator members from across the Touro family of institutions.
I would like to thank the Biomedical and Health Sciences Research Council for its effort in developing and implementing this program and the faculty peer reviewers for their excellent service. In particular, I would like to thank Dr. Ira Schwartz, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at New York Medical College, for his expert leadership of the Council.
Finally, let me once again thank all of you who are engaged in research endeavors. Our researchers throughout the Touro College and University System, combined with initiatives like the internal support of these projects in infectious diseases and cancer (two targeted areas recommended by the Research Advancement Task Force), allow us to achieve one of our fundamental institutional goals—to serve the betterment of mankind.
On behalf of our entire research community, please join me in congratulating Professors Bakshi, McCormick, Wu, and Gochin and wishing them success in pursuing their important projects.