The Department of Medicine (DOM) has selected Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, MD and Rachael Van Pelt, PhD to receive grants through its Research Bridge Program, which is designed to preserve the capacity of faculty to do research in the face of reduced funding available from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Research Bridge Program provides up to $75,000 over one year, comprised of $25,000 in division support and up to $50,000 from departmental resources. Since the program was launched in 2014, 10 faculty members have received bridge awards totaling $750,000 (including departmental and divisional portions). Applications for this program are accepted twice per year.
Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, MD is a professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, as well as in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics. He is the Associate Dean for Research Education for the CU School of Medicine, and directs the SOM Medical Scientist Training Program and the DOM Physician Scientist Training Program. His laboratory focuses on two main projects: elucidating the molecular mechanisms governing pituitary-specific gene expression and cell proliferation, and determining the role of the Ets transcription factor ESE-1/Elf3 in HER2+ breast cancer.
Rachael Van Pelt, PhD is an associate professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, and a member of the Center on Aging. She has been continuously funded by the NIH for more than 16 years to pursue her passion in Aging Physiology, following two major lines of research: first, to determine what makes some (but not all) adipose tissue beneficial to cardiometabolic health, and second, to understand more about the physiologic actions of estradiol, especially related to menopause-related changes in its effects.