Nine COVID-focused child health research projects supported with rapid response awards

CTSI’s Office of Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) has recently announced nine awardees of the 2020 Child Health Collaborative Grant Award. The award recognizes faculty for their engagement in scholarly research activities related to current relevant topics in child and adolescent health. Specifically, the 2020 award focused on the impact of the pandemic on child health in Minnesota during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 awardees are listed below. For more information on this honor, follow this link.

Laura Norton, MD, MS, Department of Pediatrics, and Alicen Spaulding, PhD, MPH, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Epidemiology of Pediatric COVID-19 Infections in the United States

Andrew Barnes, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, and Michael Troy, LP, PhD, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Stress Physiology and Mental Health: Implications for Family Functioning and Child Development during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Katie Loth, PhD, MPH, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health; Marla Eisenberg, ScD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics; and Gretchen Cutler, PhD, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Working Together, from a Distance: A Qualitative Exploration into How to Best Tailor Our Public Health Response to Support Families during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Caroline George, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Allison Lind, APRN CNP, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Impact of COVID-19 on Child Abuse and Neglect in the Twin Cities

Kimara Gustafson, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Daniel Lee, PhD, Children’s Minnesota
Project title:Anti-Asian Racism During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Youth Risk and Resilience

Anjali Goel, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics and Alicia Zagel, PhD, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Emotional and Behavioral Regulation among Children and Adolescents with Preexisting Mental Health Disorders throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alex Boucher, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Kelly Bergmann, DO, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Pilot Screening for Urinary Biomarkers of Vasoreactive Endothelial Dysfunction in Pediatric Patients with Suspected COVID-19 Infection

Igor Nestrasil, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, and Kelly Bergmann, DO, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Pediatric COVID-19: Does Infection with the SARS-Cov-2 Virus Alter Brain Structure and Function?

Marco Pravetoni, PhD, Department of Pharmacology; Marie Steiner, MD, MS, Department of Pediatrics; and Alberto Orioles, MD, Children’s Minnesota
Project title: Isolation of Protective Antibodies against COVID-19