Pilot Grants

2018 Pilot Grant Recipients

2017 Pilot Grant Recipients

2015 Pilot Grant Recipients

Pilot Grant Award Summaries as of March 2019

Funded in 2015

Advancing Team Science through Translational Research Summits

COHA Clinician Scientist Education Subcommittee

Lead: University Wisconsin-Madison

Partners: Cornell University, Colorado State University, and University of California- Davis

This pilot grant supported a first-of-its-kind Translational Research Summit, with the goal of networking among veterinarians, human health professionals, and basic scientists working on the same disease. The first Summit, on Calcium Oxalate urolithiasis, was held in Madison WI in April 2017. There were 36 attendees, including 14 DVMs, 8 MDs, 12 PhD or MS scientists, and 2 MD/PhD students. Sessions included human and veterinary phenotypes of calcium oxalate stones; genetic risk factors in humans, dogs, and cats; nutritional factors; pathogenesis of mineralization; and endoscopic and histopathologic features across species. The Summit also included abstracts and breakout groups to discuss shared research objectives and potential collaborations.

Development of Standard Processes and Procedures for Conducting Translational Clinical Trials in Client Owned Animals

COHA Clinical Studies Subcommittee

Lead: The Ohio State University

Partners: University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, University of California-Davis, Tufts University

This pilot developed a specific set of practices and procedures for the conduct of translational and comparative clinical trials, with the ultimate goal of ensuring accurate and reproducible data. The group completed a survey of practices and procedures, and published a white paper and generated a veterinary GCP training module. A workshop that brought together faculty and staff from 13 academic veterinary centers, industry sponsors and relevant stakeholders from human medicine, held in Columbus OH in October 2017, also trained staff and faculty in the use of REDCap, and created a template for a veterinary IRB process, including a standardized consent form.

One Health in a Minute

COHA Communication and Collaboration Subcommittee

Lead: Tufts University

Partners: University of Florida, North Carolina State University, University of Pennsylvania

This pilot grant supported identification of One Health stories from interdisciplinary teams at COHA institutions, and development into COHA-branded One Health videos on chronic pain, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and the Knight’s Landing One Health Clinic that provides care to both pets and their owners by teams of veterinary, nursing, and medical students. The group also developed the COHA logo, and established a dedicated COHA website (https://ctsaonehealthalliance.org), which also hosts the videos.

Developing a national veterinary biorepository registry as a resource for translational research

COHA Tissue and DNA Banking Subcommittee

Lead: Colorado State University

Partners: Cornell University, University of California Davis

This pilot grant supported a working group meeting in June 2016 to define the state of biorepository registries that currently exist, and develop a plan moving forward. The meeting was successful in enhancing an understanding of different approaches to biobanking at the COHA veterinary institutions present and reinforced the idea that a physical biobank was not an appropriate goal for COHA.

Funded in 2017

Translational Research Summits 2.0: Advancing Team Science

COHA Clinician Scientist Education Subcommittee

Lead: University Wisconsin- Madison

Partners: University of Florida, University of California-Davis, North Carolina State University

This grant supported a second Translational Research Summit on Inherited Cardiomyopathies in Orlando FL in March 2018. The Summit was attended by 25 DVM and MD cardiologists and basic science researchers. Sessions covered existing phenotypes of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (human and cat), non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (human and dog) and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (human and dog); cardiac cachexia; regulatory requirements for human vs. veterinary clinical trials; advances in gene and stem cell therapies; and collaborative opportunities.

Workshop for Advancing One Health Datasets

COHA Clinical Studies Subcommittee

Lead: Colorado State University

Partners: Tufts University, The Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Missouri

This pilot supported the One Health Datasets Workshop in January 2018 at Colorado State University. The goal was to work toward harmonizing veterinary medical records so that case data can be shared across institutions for research recruitment and retrospective studies.

Improving translational resources – enhancing visibility and inter-college cooperation for increased biospecimen use from veterinary academic biobanks

COHA Tissue and DNA Banking Subcommittee

Lead: Cornell University

Partners: University of California-Davis, Colorado State University, Texas A&M University

We propose to increase visibility of biobanking resources and optimize their use by translational researchers. The aims of this project were to define the landscape and enhance visibility of biospecimen resources and develop an awareness informational short video for public awareness about biobanking that can be used by all institutions. Both aims of this grant will initially be tested between the four partner institutions (College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Colorado State University, Texas A&M, and UC Davis) and may be expanded later to include all COHA veterinary academic biobanks.

An Inter-Professional Student Collaboration to Enhance Awareness of One Health

COHA Communication and Collaboration Subcommittee

Lead: Tufts University

Partners: University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Missouri, North Carolina State University, University Pennsylvania

This pilot developed a One Health program for the March 2018 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Convention in collaboration with AMSA and veterinary students from the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA). The group presented 12 One Health posters by veterinary students, selected from 69 entries across COHA schools, gave two One Health talks, and educated the medical and premedical students about One Health in the COHA booth in the exhibit hall (complete with therapy dogs as conversation starters).