Recent Grants Received by CBSSM Researchers and their Projects

Ed Goldman receives Rackham Michigan Meetings grant

July 05, 2012

Ed Goldman was awarded a Rackham Michigan Meetings grant to put on a three-day conference on international aspects of reproductive justice, scheduled for May 29-June 1, 2013.  The conference will ask how academia can set its research agenda to help further the goals of advocacy groups, focusing on ways to transmit medically accurate facts to various decision-makers (legislators, governments, etc.).

Hormonal responses to patient education materials and their relationship to HPV vaccination intention and behaviors

February 14, 2011

Andrea Fuhrel-Forbis, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, is a co-investigator on a recent award from the Helen L. Kay Pediatric Cancer Research Award.  The PI is Amanda Dempsey in Pediatrics, and the project is entitled, "Hormonal responses to patient education materials and their relationship to HPV vaccination intention and behaviors." 

Off-label Use of Therapeutic Hypothermia in the Newborn Intensive Care Units

February 11, 2011

Dr. Naomi Laventhal has received the Holden Research Fund Award for her research entitled, "Off-label use of therapeutic hypothermia in the newborn intensive care units: A survey of U.S. neonatologists."

Doctors as Stewards: Where are We and Where Do We Need to Go?

November 01, 2010

Dr. Susan Goold is the recipient of a Greenwall Foundation grant for her research, "Doctors as Stewards: Where are We and Where Do We Need to Go?"  The Greenwall Foundation was established in 1949 and is known for its interdisciplinary program in bioethics. 

Improving the Self-Efficacy of African American Parents in Infant Supine Sleep

October 20, 2010

Kathryn Moseley, MD, received a $2.16 million grant over 5 years from the NIH for a study designed to reduce the disparity in SIDS deaths between African American and White infants.  Culturally appropriated tailored multi-media messages will be used to assist parents in overcoming identified barriers to infant supine sleep.  Materials generated from the project will also demonstrate appropriate sleep techniques tailored to the infant's developmental age.

Risk Evaluation and Education for Alzheimer's Disease (REVEAL)

October 20, 2010

J. Scott Roberts, PhD, received an R01 award from NHGRI for a multi-site, randomized controlled clinical trial to examine the impact and efficacy of a genetic risk assessment program that educates people with mild cognitive impairment about their chances of developing Alzheimer's disease.

Impact of Direct to Consumer (DTC) Genetic Testing

October 20, 2010

J. Scott Roberts, PhD, received an R01 grant from NHGRI for a project that will describe the characteristics of consumers of DTC genetic services and to evaluate the psychological and behavioral impact of these services.

CBSSM Staff Member Awarded NSF Fellowship

April 06, 2010

Ian Wall, former CBSSM Research Associate, has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for his upcoming doctoral work in sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The three-year award includes an annual stipend, tuition allowance, and travel allowance. Ian, who works with Scott Kim, MD, PhD, and Ray DeVries, PhD, will be starting his program at Madison in fall 2010.

Witteman Receives Funding from FIMDM

March 12, 2010

Holly Witteman, Research Fellow at CBSSM, has been awarded a $25,000 Robert Derzon Post-Doctoral Grant from the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making for her project entitled "Development and Evaluation of Interactive Interfaces for Values Exploration and Clarification." Pending IRB approval, the project is slated to commence in April 2010. Witteman has been working since fall 2009 under the mentorship of Angela Fagerlin. CBSSM extends its congratulations!

"Bang for the Buck" . . .

July 09, 2009

is the title of a project assessing the impact of different features of a web-based decision aid to improve patient decision making for asymptomatic carotid disease. This project was recently funded by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. Ethan A. Halm, MD, MPH (Univerity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center) will be working with CBSSM's Brian Zikmund-Fisher, PhD, on this research that will compare two decision aids related to surgery to prevent stroke.  

NIH Funding for Major Bioethics Project

February 10, 2009

CBSSM Co-director Scott Kim, MD, PhD, has recently been funded by the NIH for a project on therapeutic misconception and the ethics of sham surgery. Ethicists have raised concerns that elderly patients with a progressively debilitating disease such as Parkinson’s disease (PD) may be too vulnerable for research that involves novel, invasive interventions that use a controversial masking design, i.e., sham neurosurgical controls. Are these subjects laboring under a therapeutic misconception, erroneously believing that research, rather than being an experimental procedure for the sake of creating knowledge to help future patients, is actually a novel form of treatment intended to help them? Dr. Kim’s project will study four actual PD clinical trials that involve a sham surgery control. Collaborators include R. DeVries, K. Kieburtz, R. Wilson, S. Frank, and H.M. Kim. Pilot funding came from the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Center of Excellence Funding Renewed by NIH

October 27, 2008

 The University of Michigan's Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications Research has been renewed for another five years, through August 2013, by the National Institutes of Health. The purpose of the $8.8 million award is to develop an efficient, theory-driven model for generating health behavior interventions that is generalizable across health behaviors and sociodemographic populations. The UM Center for Health Communicaitons Research, under principal investigator Victor Strecher, MPH, PhD, coordinates the core of this Center of Excellence. Former CBSSM Director Peter A. Ubel, MD, and current CBSSM Co-director Angela Fagerlin, PhD, are leading Project 3, in which they will conduct Internet studies to test several movel ways of tailoring a prostate cancer decision aid, with the goal of identifying interventions that increase the perceived salience of patient preferences. After they have determined the best interventions, they will modify the current prostate cancer decision aid and then test it in men with newly diagnosed localized prostate cancer. Co-investigators on Project 3 are John T. Wei, MD, and Brian Zikmund-Fisher, PhD, at the University of Michigan and James Tulsky, MD, and Stewart Alexander, PhD, at Duke University.

Brian Zikmund-Fisher Receives Foundation Grant to Develop Interactive Risk Graphics

October 01, 2008

Brian Zikmund-Fisher, PhD, a CBSSM investigator and Director of the CBSSM Internet Survey lab, is the principal investigator on an Investigator Initiated Research award from the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making that began in October 2008.  The grant, entitled "Learning by Doing: Improving Risk Communication Through Active Processing of Interactive Pictographs," will fund the development and testing of of Flash-based interactive risk graphics that research participants or patients can use to visually demonstrate how likely they believe some event is to occur. Dr. Zikmund-Fisher hopes that people who create risk graphics themselves will have a better intuitive understanding of risk than people who just view static images. Co-investigators on the award include Angela Fagerlin, Peter A. Ubel, and Amanda Dillard.

NIH Grant Awarded to Dylan Smith

March 06, 2008

Former CBSSM faculty member Dylan Smith, PhD, is the principal investigator on an NIH R-21 grant beginning in spring 2008. Dr. Smith will be measuring health-related quality of life in older adults with chronic illnesses, evaluating existing recall-based approaches against two new tools that are designed to be robust to memory biases. Co-investigators with Dr. Smith are Peter A. Ubel, Norbert Schwarz, and Susan Murphy.

Amanda Dillard awarded grant by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making

July 01, 2007

Amanda Dillard, PhD, was awarded a $25,000 George Bennett Postdoctoral Grant by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. With this funding, Dr. Dillard will conduct surveys to examine whether certain types of patient testimonials have a beneficial influence on knowledge, satisfaction, and interest in shared health care decision making, specifically in the context of a decision aid related to colon cancer screening. She will use social cognitive theory, social comparison theory, and risk processing perspectives to guide her hypotheses about testimonials.

Dr. Dillard’s postdoctoral position at CBSSM was funded by VA Health Services Research and Development, Ann Arbor, Michigan.