Matthew Neal, MD, was recently granted two awards, one from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the other from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Neal is an Assistant Professor of Surgery with a secondary appointment in the Department of Critical Care Medicine.
The grant (#R35GM119526) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the NIH, is entitled, “Mechanistic Elucidation and Targeted Therapy of Platelet Dysfunction After Trauma,” and will focus on understanding the mechanisms of platelet function in the setting of severe injury and shock. The 5-year, $1.9 million award is a part of a special mechanism called the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA), which funds a researcher’s program and laboratory, as opposed to providing funding on a project-by-project basis. THE MIRA was established in January 2015 as a pilot program intended to provide stability in terms of funding, and to encourage investigators to be flexible, creative, and ambitious in taking on challenges regarding the direction of their research.
Neal was also awarded a sub-contract by BARDA, which is located within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the HHS, to investigate the mechanisms of coagulopathy associated with radiation injury. The project is being conducted in collaboration with investigators at the University of Illinois, and aligns with BARDA’s mission of developing tools and therapies for public health emergencies.