The Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) program at the Children's National Medical Center (CNMC) recruits and trains pediatricians who are in their first 3 years past postdoctoral training to become independent investigators in translational research as applied to pediatric disease. During our initial funding period 10 CHRCDA Scholars were supported, including two women and an individual from an URM. Four of these Scholars have subsequently received independent funding: 4 K awards, 1 co-Pi of an R-01 and two ROTs under review. The focus of this renewal application continues to be on the use of new molecular biology techniques to perform translational research, with the goal of improving diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of genetic and acquired disorders in childhood. We are particularly concentrating on three areas of interdisciplinary research: Cell Biology/Immunology, Molecular Genetics, and Neuroscience. The administrative structure of the center includes the Chair of Pediatrics as the Principal Investigator, the Vice Chair for Research as Program Director, a minority recruiter, and internal and external advisory committees. Also serving the Center, but without funding requested, is a state-of-the- art shared molecular biology core laboratory directed by an Established Investigator of the Center. This core includes training in techniques of molecular biology and genetics, and access to new technology including FACS, mass spectrometry, HPLC, automated DMAsequencing, genetic linkage analysis, mutation identification and quantitative expression analyses. The Center includes 14 Established Investigators, 12 from CNMC and two from Georgetown University, each chosen for their success in previous training settings, their commitment to the CHRCDA program, their resources and technical skills, and the presence of stable NIH funding. The CHRCDA Center proposes to train a total of 10 Scholars (1-2/year), chosen from a pool of internal and externally recruited candidates, during the proposed grant period, with a particular emphasis on women and members of URM. Institutional support for the CHRCDA center is evidenced by 1 to 1 matching of funds, including support of the shared core laboratory, provision of independent laboratory space for the Scholars, and bridge funding following the conclusion of the CHRCDA and prior to the achievement of independent funding by the CHRCDA Scholars

National Institute of Health (NIH)
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA) (K12)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZHD1-DSR-T (27))
Program Officer
Winer, Karen
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
Children's Research Institute
United States
Zip Code
Perez, Geovanny F; Pérez-Losada, Marcos; Isaza, Natalia et al. (2017) Nasopharyngeal microbiome in premature infants and stability during rhinovirus infection. J Investig Med 65:984-990
Rodriguez-Martinez, Carlos E; Sossa-Briceño, Monica P; Nino, Gustavo (2017) Systematic review of instruments aimed at evaluating the severity of bronchiolitis. Paediatr Respir Rev :
Zhao, Hui Fen; Abraham, Allistair; Kim, Yoon-Sang et al. (2017) Lentiviral Transfer of ?-Globin with Fusion Gene NUP98-HOXA10HD Expands Hematopoietic Stem Cells and Ameliorates Murine ?-Thalassemia. Mol Ther 25:593-605
Mansoor, Awais; Cerrolaza, Juan J; Perez, Geovanny et al. (2017) Marginal Shape Deep Learning: Applications to Pediatric Lung Field Segmentation. Proc SPIE Int Soc Opt Eng 10133:
Rodríguez-Martínez, Carlos E; Sossa-Briceño, Monica P; Nino, Gustavo (2017) A systematic review of instruments aimed at evaluating metered-dose inhaler administration technique in children. J Asthma 54:173-185
Perez, Geovanny F; Jain, Amisha; Kurdi, Bassem et al. (2016) Age-Related Effect of Viral-Induced Wheezing in Severe Prematurity. Children (Basel) 3:
Gutierrez, Maria J; Gomez, Jose L; Perez, Geovanny F et al. (2016) Airway Secretory microRNAome Changes during Rhinovirus Infection in Early Childhood. PLoS One 11:e0162244
Shenoy, Shalini; Eapen, Mary; Panepinto, Julie A et al. (2016) A trial of unrelated donor marrow transplantation for children with severe sickle cell disease. Blood 128:2561-2567
Naik, Swati; Nicholas, Sarah K; Martinez, Caridad A et al. (2016) Adoptive immunotherapy for primary immunodeficiency disorders with virus-specific T lymphocytes. J Allergy Clin Immunol 137:1498-1505.e1
Abraham, Allistair; Jacobsohn, David A; Bollard, Catherine M (2016) Cellular therapy for sickle cell disease. Cytotherapy 18:1360-1369

Showing the most recent 10 out of 61 publications