2024 Research Acceleration Program Awards

Carilion Clinic’s Research Acceleration Program (RAP) funds Carilion employees interested in pursuing clinical, biomedical, or behavioral research projects. Projects of interest are those that would advance or contribute to Carilion’s care objectives, education, and research excellence, as well as strengthen Carilion’s collaborative relationships across disciplines within Carilion and/or with research institutions within the region.

While all significant, innovative, and rigorous research proposals were welcomed, applicants were encouraged to pursue research that aligns with our Vision 2025 Research and Innovation goals:

  1. Expand, design, and invest in care delivery of the future.
  2. Grow and invest in clinical platforms that provide cutting-edge treatment capabilities
  3. Deepen academic partnerships with:
    • Virginia Tech
    • Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
    • Radford University Carilion

This year's RAP grantees are pursuing evidence-based research in 10 clinical and professional areas, ranging from music therapy to Neurosurgery to the impacts of health care deserts on maternity care and eye health.

Congratulations to our researchers who secured RAP funding for the following studies:

Tier I: Awarded up to $40,000 

  • Surgery 
    • Adam Goode, M.D.; Jack Gillen, M.D. (Mentor) - Development of Surgical Instrument Detection Platform
  • Neurosurgery
    • Eric Marvin, D.O. - Local, Biodegradable, Sustained-Release Drug Delivery System Targeting Core Processes of Chronic Subdural Hematoma Formation and Recurrence: a Proof-of-Concept Study
  • Medicine, Human Factors and Simulation
    • Justin Price, M.D. - Immersive Projection Audio and Visual Simulation to Study Emergency Department Waiting Room Care: The Tesseract
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology 
    • Megan Whitham, M.D. - Evaluation of Innovative Placental Imaging Techniques in Fetal Growth Restriction
  • Neurosurgery
    • Mark Witcher, M.D. - PSMA in High-Grade Glioma Imaging

Tier II: Awarded up to $15,000 

  • Pediatrics
    • Monica Garin-Laflam, M.D. - Further Investigation of Novel Probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri Strains to Improve Infant Health
  • Family & Community Medicine
    • David Gregory, M.D. - Leveraging Data to Evaluate the Impact of Maternity Care Desert Status on Obstetric and Neonatal Complications in Virginia
  • Human Research Protections Office
    • Patricia Winter, Ph.D. - The Potential of Music in Caregiving: Caregiver Education Feasibility Study

Tier III: Awarded up to $2,500 

  • Surgery; Vistar Eye Care
    • Vishak John, M.D. - Mapping Eye-Care Deserts: Evaluating Geospatial Accessibility and Disparities of Vision Health in Virginia

For more information, contact Francis Farrell, Research and Development, at fxfarrell@carilionclinic.org or Melissa Mercure, Research and Development, at mzmercure@carilionclinic.org.