Department of Family Medicine

Research Grants

Currently Funded Grants (listed by Principal Investigator)

Peter Carek, MD
Experience In Quality Improvement For Practice For Primary Care
Health Sciences Foundation
04/10/2009- 06/30/2012

Residency Training in Primary Care
Health Resources and Services Administration
The purpose of this proposed project is to develop a new Primary Care Training and Enhancement Residency Training in Primary Care Program at the Trident Family Medicine Residency Program that is part of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Vanessa Diaz, MD, MS
Impact of Vitamin D on Diabetic Kidney Disease in African Americans
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases
The major goal of this project is to determine the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the progression of early stage diabetic kidney disease in African Americans.

Lori Dickerson, Pharm D.
BP Control And Minimize Racial Disparities (SUBAWARD)
University of Iowa

William Hueston, MD
Faculty Development in Primary Care
Health Resources and Services Administration
The purpose of this project is to develop primary care physicians into successful academic
investigators in the areas of health disparities and medical education.

Arch Mainous III, PhD
Diagnosis and Treatment of Hereditary Hemochromatosis
AAMC and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The major goals of this project is to examine this association under the assumption that iron overload alone, or in combination with dietary or lipid measures, might be an independent predictor of these rates of mortality.

Impact of MRSA Decolonization Therapy on MRSA Infection and Transmission
7/1/2011 - 4/30/2016
The goal of this project is an attempt to determine a new strategy to decrease infection and transmission of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by decolonization among patients in the hospital and family members in the community.

Hereditary Hemochromatosis and Telomere Length
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
09/01/2011 – 08/31/2013
This project is an attempt to understand accelerated aging and morbidity among individuals with hemochromatosis and iron overload by examining factors that may accelerate or slow the biological aging process and corresponding development of disease.

Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity and Wellness (SE VIEW) (Co. PI)
DOD Cooperative Agreement
(PI: Slaughter)
The major goals of this project are to develop, implement and evaluate an intervention to increase exposure to health information technology (HIT) and provide patients with their perceived/actual risk of disease prior to meeting with their healthcare provider.

A Randomized Recruitment Intervention (Subaward) (Co. PI) 
9/1/2011 -8/30/2016
(PI: Tilley) The goal of this study is to implement and evaluate a strategy to increase recruitment of minorities into clinical trials.

Steven Ornstein, MD
Implementation of Alcohol Screening, Intervention and Treatment in Primary Care (AMTRIP)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
09/20/08 - 09/19/12
This project examines the effectiveness of the Practice Partner Research Network’s (PPRNet) “Accelerating Alcohol Screening—Translating Research into Practice (AA-TRIP)” model to improve the detection, brief intervention, treatment (including pharmacotherapy and medical management) of alcohol problems by primary care physicians.

Enhancing Comparative Effectiveness Research Capabilities in PPRNet.(R24)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
8/1/10 -7/31/12
The intent of the proposed work is to greatly enhance the capability of an existing, successful primary
care practice based research network (PBRN).

Reducing Inappropriate Prescribing Of Antibiotics By Primary Care Clinicians
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
08/24/2009 - 07/22/2012

Andrea Wessell, PharmD
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
10/01/2010 - 09/30/2012
Dissemination of the PPRNet Model for Improving Medication Safety in Primary Care Practice
The goal of the proposed project is to decrease preventable prescribing and monitoring medication errors in primary care practices across the United States through dissemination of a medication safety focused quality improvement model.


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