COVID-19 Pilot Awards Round 1

12 Studies Supported through Wake Forest School of Medicine, the Academic Core of the new Atrium Health.

March 30, 2021

In December of 2020, Wake Forest School of Medicine, the Academic Core of the new Atrium Health, released two COVID-19-focused RFAs. The first RFA called for COVID-19 research projects that align with principles of the Academic Learning Health System, while the second RFA's goal was to assist ongoing research teams that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are the recipients of Round 1 of these Pilot Awards.

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COVID-19 Research Projects

Anna G. McDonald, M.D. (co-PI) - Pathology (WFSM), Jeffrey S. Shenberger, M.D. (co-PI) - Pediatrics-Neonatology (WFSM)

Study Title: Prenatal SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Maternal and Offspring Outcomes: Role of Placental ACE2 and the Renin-Angiotensin System

Award Amount: $49,745

PI: Mara Z. Vitolins, DrPH, MPH, RDN - Epidemiology and Prevention

Study Title: Extending COVID-19 Data Collection in the Southeast Region of the Women's Health Initiative

Award Amount: $50,000

PI: Mindy M. Sampson, DO - Internal Medicine

Study Title: A Pilot Study: A Comprehensive Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Strains and Microbes in Healthcare Workers with COVID-19 Reinfections

Award Amount: $49,927


COVID-19 Research Assistance

14 Investigators from 10 departments (14 and 10 include co-investigators) receiving a total of $397,565

Internal Medicine

$50,000 and $45,000 (2 separate studies/investigators)

Internal Medicine (Geriatrics)


Microbiology and Immunology


Physiology & Pharmacology








Cancer Biology


Learn more about applying for Round 2 of the COVID-19 Pilot Research RFA or the COVID-19 Research Assistance RFAs.