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OB/GYN, psychology, pharmaceutics: Wright Center awards three grants to VCU faculty

The Wright Center has awarded three Endowment Fund grants to VCU faculty from departments across multiple schools at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Caitlin Martin, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the VCU School of Medicine, was awarded funding for her project titled “Feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of a neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) patient education video for the mother-infant dyad in treatment for opioid use disorder.” Martin is also a member of the VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies.

Dace Svikis, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the VCU College of Humanities & Sciences, was awarded funding for her project titled “Perinatal cannabis use and breastfeeding: A feasibility study.”

Doug Sweet, Ph.D., and Sandro da Rocha, Ph.D., professors of pharmaceutics in the VCU School of Pharmacy, were awarded funding for their project titled “Delaying the onset of chemoresistance in triple negative breast cancer.”

The Wright Center Endowment Fund is awarded four times a year. In May, it’s given to a team of researchers from multiple schools to encourage cross-disciplinary human health research. And in November, February and August the deadlines are for individuals and small groups of investigators.

Funds support preliminary studies that enable researchers to develop hypotheses, collect preliminary data, and establish methods necessary for submission of highly competitive applications to extramural funding sources.

The next deadline for individual and small group Endowment Fund grants of up to $50,000 is Nov. 1.

Pictured above from left to right: Caitlin Martin, Dace Svikis, Doug Sweet and Sandro da Rocha

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