The Pilot Projects Grant Program is an important component of the Women’s Brain Initiative. Each year, the Pilot Projects Grant Program will fund three one-year grants. To date, eight WBI pilot project awardees have been selected. See below for list of awardees.
The 2020 Pilot Projects Grant Program Request for Proposals was issued October 17, 2019. Proposals were due December 15, 2019. The Program is targeted to junior investigators at the Brigham. Clinical, translational and basic research proposals are encouraged from all medical specialties related to women’s brain health across the Brigham. Awardees will be announced by the end of January.
In February 2019, the Women’s Brain Initiative announced the following three awardees:
BWH Division of Sleep Medicine and Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health
Pilot Project: Sex differences in the effect of sleep interruption on metabolic and behavioral biomarkers of weight gain.
BWH Department of Radiology
Pilot Project: Uncovering the long-term effect of Repetitive Brain Trauma associated with intimate partner violence.
In January 2018, the Women’s Brain Initiative and the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology announced the following five awardees:
BWH Department of Neurology / BWH Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Pilot Project: Pharmacogenetics influences on lamotrigine clearance in women during different
Two of the pilot projects above, led by Drs. Choi-Fong Cho and Murugaiyan Gopal, were designated specifically as Connors Center Women’s Brain Initiative Pilot Grants, reflecting that funding for these two projects is provided by the Connors Center.