FSU Receives $1.3 Million for ‘New Florida’ Research Initiatives

By: FSU Press Release
By: FSU Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - The Florida State University has received $1.3 million in state awards to fund seven projects as part of the New Florida Initiative. The State University System’s Board of Governors today announced $10 million for project winners from all 11 public institutions in two categories: Clustering Grants and Scholars Boost Grants.

“The Florida State University is pleased to be a part of the New Florida Initiative,” said President Eric J. Barron. “This funding will help jump-start several research initiatives and collaborations that will improve the lives of Floridians and give a boost to the state’s economy.”

The largest FSU award — $300,000 — will go to the College of Medicine to support a joint project with the University of Florida that combines UF’s expertise in clinical and translational science research with Florida State’s strength in community-based medical education. UF also will receive $300,000 to support the project.

The Community Research Collaborative Program in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Family Medicine will establish a statewide network of facilities affiliated with the two universities that will connect local communities with teams of clinical scientists, physicians and physicians-in-training, creating new opportunities to conduct clinical and public health research.

Initial efforts will involve the assessment and monitoring of mild traumatic brain injury and of health risk behaviors among youngsters in Florida. The project will give physicians and medical students access to state-of-the-art instruments that will allow surveillance, detection and follow-up of mild traumatic brain injury cases among youth who take part in organized sports. It also will involve collaborating with pediatricians and family practice physicians to evaluate practices already in use for assessing and monitoring health risk factors such as diet, exercise and obesity in children and adolescents, and seeing how information technology can aid the process.

“Working with physicians in the community setting will provide new and invaluable research opportunities where the majority of patients get health care in Florida,” said John P. Fogarty, M.D., dean of the College of Medicine. “This is a great opportunity to center our research on patients, taking medical advances from the laboratory into the community, where we can have a direct impact on health outcomes for our state’s residents.”

The College of Medicine also received a $250,000 “Scholars Boost” award to help with the recruitment of a professor of biomedical science. The hire will improve the potential for the college to perform revenue-generating research.

In addition, FSU was awarded “Clustering Grants” in the amounts of:

* $200,000 for a collaborative project with the University of South Florida on “Tackling Florida’s Growing Geophysical Threats Through Collaborative Coupled Modeling.” The project will quantify and model potential geophysical threats to Florida such as hurricanes, storm surges, droughts and flooding.

* $150,000 for a collaborative project with the University of Central Florida, “A Unified Approach for Enhancing Aerospace Research, Education and Workforce Training.” This endeavor couples the Florida Center of Excellence in Advanced Aero-Propulsion with UCF’s longstanding expertise in space-related research. The initiative will assist in sustaining and rebuilding the economic vibrancy of Florida’s Space Coast.

* $150,000 for “Sunshine Grid — Florida’s Research and Education Cyber-Infrastructure,” a project with UF and USF that will expand broadband and, therefore, supercomputing capabilities across Florida.

* $150,000 for “Highly Individualized High-Performance Prostheses with Multifunctional Materials,” an endeavor that groups together a proven Center of Excellence in Advanced Materials at FSU with a burgeoning interest at the University of North Florida in engineering and medical-related technologies.

* $100,000 for a collaborative project with Florida Atlantic University and UF, “State University System Climate Change Task Force.” This is the first formal collaborative activity among state universities in studying and modeling climate change.

For more information on the New Florida Initiative and the funded projects, visit www.flbog.edu/new_florida.

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