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STAC grants to give $445K to six recipients

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council last week announced six recipients of $445,092 in Rhode Island Collaborative Research Grants. More

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STAC grants to give $445K to six recipients

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PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee and the R.I. Science and Technology Advisory Council last week announced six recipients of $445,092 in Rhode Island Collaborative Research Grants.

According to a statement, the grants – the ninth round of awards since the council was launched in 2005 – will support projects led by scientists from small business, research universities and hospitals throughout Rhode Island.

The program is designed to advance projects that draw on collaboration across institutions, have commercial potential and are well positioned to receive follow-on funding.

The grant recipients are:

• Antiviral and immunomodulatory effects of Inter-alpha inhibitors in Dengue infections ($70,092), Carey Medin, University of Rhode Island, and Yow-Pin Lim, ProThera Biologics Inc.

• Cyber security situational awareness with social-aware data integration ($75,000), Lisa DiPippo, University of Rhode Island, and William Matuszak, Adaptive Methods Inc.

• Next generation data storage systems for big data applications ($75,000); Gang Xiao, Brown University, and Qing Yang, University of Rhode Island

• Development of a new molecular imaging platform: biosensor-enhanced Xenon-129 MRI ($75,000), Brenton DeBoef, University of Rhode Island, and Li-Qiong Wang, Brown University.

• Novel SiRNA delivery technology via biomimetic nanomaterial for treatment of joint arthritis ($75,000), Qian Chen, Rhode Island Hospital; Wei Lu, University of Rhode Island; Yupeng Chen, Rhode Island Hospital; and Dr. Richard Terek, Rhode Island Hospital.

• Development of an ultra-high speed infrared imaging system to image dynamic deformation and fracture in materials ($75,000), Pradeep R. Guduru, Brown University; William R. Patterson, Brown University; and Arun Shukla, University of Rhode Island. •

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