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2023 Research Acceleration Program Awards


Carilion Clinic’s Research Acceleration Program (RAP) offers funding for Carilion employees interested in pursuing clinical, biomedical or behavioral research projects. Projects of interest 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.

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

We are pleased to announce that the following studies were funded for RAP 23:

Tier 1: Awarded up to $40,000

  • Orthopaedic Surgery:
    • Dr. Jonathan Carmouche - Comparing the Properties of Cervical Spine and Iliac Crest Autograft: Implications for Enhancing the Success of an Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
  • Orthopaedic Surgery:
    • Dr. Benjamin Coobs - What Factors Predict Return to Driving After Total Knee Arthroplasty?
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine:
    • Dr. Anita Kablinger - Personalized Opioid Management Strategy (POMS): A Technology- and Data-Driven Paradigm Shift for Achieving Improved Outcomes in Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment
  • Emergency Medicine:
    • Dr. Damon Kuehl - Reducing the Number of Undiagnosed and Misdiagnosed Traumatic Brain Injury in Older Adults
  • OB/GYN:
    • Dr. Megan Whitham - Fetal Weight Prediction Using Novel AI-guided Volumetric Predictive Modeling

Tier II: Awarded up to $10,000

  • Emergency Medicine:
    • Dr. Allison McKell - Trends in Low-Acuity Emergency Department Visits for a Healthcare System in Southwestern Virginia
  • Infectious Disease:
    • Dr. Elizabeth Nowak - A Novel Painting with Antisense-Peptide Nucleic Acids to Polycarbonate Catheters to Prevent Microbial Biofilms