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Past Research Projects
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) Network
Site Investigator:
Alfred Connors, MD
Funding Agency:
NIH/NHLBI
Description:
The goal of the Network is to efficiently test promising agents, devices, or management strategies to improve the care of patients with ARDS.
 
Closing The Gap
Site Investigator:
John Daryl Thornton, MD, MPH
Project Coordinator:
Meia Jones, BS
Funding Agency:
Saint Luke’s Foundation
Description:
The goal of this project is to test interventions to decrease tobacco use and respiratory complications among persons attending an inner city medical clinic.

Cohort Study of Chronic Renal Insufficiency
Site Investigator:
Edward Horowtiz, MD
Project Coordinator:
Jacqueline Theurer, MBA
Funding Agency:
NIH/NIDDK
Description:
This is a multicenter prospective cohort study to determine factors predicting decline in renal function and CV disease in patients with renal insufficiency.
 
Community Advocacy Program
Site Investigator:
Harry Walker, MD
Evaluator:
Janeen Leon, MS, RD, LD
Funding Agency:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/
Local Initiative Funding Partners Program
Description:
The goal of this project is to evaluate impact on medical outcomes of patients receiving legal services in a medical-legal collaborative program.

Interpreters as Advocates
Primary Investigator:
John Daryl Thornton, MD, MPH
Project Coordinator:
Marilyn Alejandro-Rodriguez
Funding Agency:
NIH/NIMHD
Description:
The Interpreters as Advocates project is focused on improving the communication between Spanish speaking patients with hypertension and healthcare providers.
 
Organ Donation Project
Primary Investigator:
John Daryl Thornton, MD, MPH
Project Coordinator:
Marilyn Alejandro-Rodriguez
Funding Agency:
NIH / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Description:
The goal of the organ donation project is to increase the number of organ donors among individuals who are getting their driver's license for the first time.

Phosphorus Additives
Primary Investigators:
Ash Sehgal, MD
Janeen Leon, MS, RD, LD
Project Coordinator:
Cathy Sullivan, MS, RD, LD
Funding Agency:
NIH, Leonard C. Rosenberg Foundation
Description:
The Phosphorus Additives project looks to reduce the intake of food with phosphorus additives among hemodialysis patients using an educational intervention.
 
Project HYPE
Primary Investigator:
Eileen Seeholzer, MD
Project Coordinator:
Meia Jones, BS
Funding Agency:
NIH/NIMHD
Description:
Project HYPE is a community based research project aimed at identifying the social context of hypertension management.

Project REECH (Research Engagement for Community Health)
Primary Investigator:
John Daryl Thornton, MD. MPH
Project Coordinator:
Felicia Adams, MPA
Funding Agency:
NIH/NIMHD
Description:
Project REECH's aim is to reduce the divide between health institutions and the community they serve in hopes of reducing health disparities.
 
Transplant Navigator Project
Primary Investigator:
Ash Sehgal, MD
Project Coordinator:
Cathy Sullivan, MS, RD, LD
Funding Agency:
NIH/NIMHD
Description:
The Transplant Navigator Project will train kidney transplant recipients to help hemodialysis patients navigate the kidney transplant system.

Community Voices: Genetics Research and Health Disparities
Primary Investigator:
Patricia Marshall, PhD
Project Coordinator:
Laura Morello
Funding Agency:
NIH
Description:
A series of focus groups and individual interviews will be conducted to examine beliefs and experiences that influence understanding of genomic research and its application to health disparities among underserved and minority populations in Cleveland, Ohio.
   



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