CTSI Salisbury VA Joint Pilot Recipients Announced

Three projects focused on health care needs within VA populations funded!

January 20, 2020

 The CTSI and the Salisbury VA Research and Education Foundation are pleased to announce the funding of the 2019 Joint Pilot Award. The primary focus of these awards is interdisciplinary research to develop novel and creative approaches to clinical and translational research ideas that include both institutions. Additionally, these projects move research in their field forward to address health care needs within the VA population.

Funded Projects

Predicting Relapse following Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorder; Jared Rowland, PhD, and Sarah Martindale, PhD


  • James Daunais, PhD (Physiology and Pharmacology, WFSM)
  • Dwayne Godwin, PhD (Neurobiology and Anatomy, WFSM)
  • Jennifer Stapleton-Kotloski, PhD (Research Health Scientist, Salisbury VA)

Healthy Living Partnerships for Veterans with Migraine (HELP-VM); Mara Vitolins, PhD and Megan Irby, PhD, MS


  • Donald B. Penzien, PhD (Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, WFSM)
  • Christina Vair, PhD (Whole Health Program Director, Salisbury VA)
  • Jason Sico, MD (Neurology, VA Connecticut Healthcare System)

Melanoma Organoids Enhanced with Patient Specific Immune Components for Generation of Adaptive Immunity; Konstantinos Votanopoulos, MD, PhD, Adam Hall, PhD, and Pierre Triozzi, MD


This project is solely co-funded by the Wake Forest Compressive Cancer Center and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Interested in learning more?

Contact Brittney Jackson britjack@wakehealth.edu to connect with these ongoing stories.