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Hui Fang and Steven Stanhope awarded UDRF Strategic Initiative Grant

Hui Fang

The University of Delaware Research Foundation (UDRF) has awarded strategic initiative grants to nine UD faculty teams for research on topics ranging from Alzheimer's disease to advanced composites for generating hydrogen

The nonprofit foundation created the strategic initiative grants program in 2008 to support research in the life and health sciences, energy and the environment -- priority areas in the University's Path to ProminenceTM.

In addition to advancing the University's strategic plan, major goals of the program are to pair early-career faculty with senior faculty mentors and to seed promising research that will lead to larger proposals to such agencies as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, according to Mark Barteau, UD's senior vice provost for research and strategic initiatives. The Research Office administers the program.

Each award of $45,000 supports a one-year research project. The funding includes $35,000 provided by UDRF, which is matched by $5,000 from the provost and $5,000 by the researcher's college dean.

Information on the funded Project:

An Early Warning System for Unrecognized Drug Side Effects Discovery -- Hui Fang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Steven Stanhope, professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences, are working to develop a novel early warning system that monitors the Internet, such as social network sites, to identify possible unrecognized drug side effects. Cathy Wu, Edward G. Jefferson Chair of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, is a co-mentor on this project, which involves collaborations within the Delaware Valley Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (DVICTS) and with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Article by Tracey Bryant

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