IU Dental School Scientists Are CTSI Pilot Fund Recipients

Dr. Angela Bruzzaniti

Dr. Jack Windsor

Indiana’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute has awarded pilot funding to seven research teams at IU, Purdue University, and the University of Notre Dame, and two of the seven teams include IU School of Dentistry professors.

Drs. Angela Bruzzaniti and Jack Windsor, both of Oral Biology, will use the grants to collaborate on year-long studies with colleagues at the IU medical school.

“We’re investing heavily in developing the next generation of medical researchers to strengthen projects which may one day generate new treatments and therapies in Indiana and beyond,” says Dr. Anantha Shekhar, director of Indiana CTSI. “By providing an early boost to promising projects, the Indiana CTSI gives select scientists the tools they need to attract new research dollars to the region from outside sources, including the federal government and industry.”

Researchers who receive the pilot funds must design studies with researchers from two or more CTSI member institutions to encourage statewide collaboration. In addition to the pilot grants, CTSI awarded funds to 17 young investigators and 22 research trainees – nearly $3 million in total.

Dr. Bruzzaniti and her colleague, Dr. Melissa Kacena of Orthopaedic Surgery, are looking at stimulators of bone formation (Megakaryoctes and Pyk2 as Anabolic Stimulators of Bone Formation). They are splitting an award of $74,326 between their labs, and will serve as co-principal investigators.

Dr. Windsor will pursue a $75,000 pilot study titled “Bone and Connective Tissue Regeneration Agent for Osteoporosis” with Dr. Matthew Allen of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Dr. Windsor is the principal investigator and Dr. Allen the co-investigator.

A full report on the Indiana CTSI grants is accessible by clicking on this link.