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Stefanovic, Werk, Zhou and Tang awarded seed grants

Four College of Medicine faculty members received three seed grants as part of the OneFlorida Clinical Research Consortium in partnership with UF’s Clinical Translational Science Institute:

  • Branko Stefanovic, biomedical sciences professor, received a seed grant for suppression of fibrosis of keloid fibroblasts and validation of a novel antifibrotic compound and analysis of prognostic markers.
  • Lloyd N. Werk, clerkship faculty with the Orlando Regional Campus, received a seed grant for assessing risk progression of T2DM/NASH in obese pediatric patients.
  • Yi Zhou and Hengli Tang, biomedical sciences professors, received a seed grant to test anti-Zika therapeutic candidates in human brain organoid and animal models.

The college's seed grant program is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. Awards are intended to support faculty members whose research aims specifically at collecting preliminary data involving the college's Clinical Research Network.