The $452,532 grant will be distributed over five years and will be used to develop and support a new Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at the TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.
Dr. Elaine Trudelle-Jackson, TWU professor of physical therapy and principal investigator of the BRAD grant, says the new Dallas office will help increase the amount of interdisciplinary research at the TWU Dallas Center and encourage collaborative efforts with other medical researchers in the surrounding Southwestern Medical District community.
TWU’s new Dallas Center opened in 2011 and houses the Houston J. and Florence A. Doswell College of Nursing, the TWU Stroke Center-Dallas, the School of Occupational Therapy, the School of Physical Therapy and the university’s health systems management program in one location. Previously, the schools of occupational and physical therapy were located at the former TWU Presbyterian campus in North Dallas.
“Our location, cross-disciplinary offerings in health care and relationships with surrounding institutions such as U.T. Southwestern Medical Center, make TWU’s Dallas Center ideal to develop clinical research that ultimately will benefit the health of individuals and families in Texas and the nation,” Dr. Trudelle-Jackson said.
Dr. Trudelle-Jackson is assembling a steering committee to serve as an advisory board for guiding research efforts at the TWU Dallas Center. The committee will include a research administrator from each of TWU’s Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses, Dallas faculty researchers and stakeholders from the medical community, including practitioner and patient representatives. Dr. Perrie Adams, associate dean of research at U.T. Southwestern Medical Center, will serve as a mentor for the new office of research in Dallas.
The NIH, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world and funds thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe. For more information, visit www.nih.gov.
The TWU T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center enrolls more than 1,300 students in the nursing and the allied health professions. TWU’s Dallas Center graduates approximately 500 new health care professionals each year, most of whom work in the North Texas area. For more information, visit www.twu.edu/dallas.