Duke Department of Pediatrics faculty member Xiaoping Zhong, MD, PhD, professor of pediatrics and immunology, was selected to receive funding from the Translating Duke Health Initiative (TDHI) for his research in immunology. He received $75,000 for his project entitled “Strawberry notch homologue 2 (SBNO2) mutation in common variable immunodeficiency.”
School of Medicine faculty members Anthony Filiano, PhD, assistant professor of neurosurgery, and Christopher Holley, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, also received funding for their projects entitled “Fatherly Advice at Conception: A New Memory T cell at the Maternal-Fetal Interface” and “Proteomic Profiling of Heart Transplant Donors and Recipients to Determine the Role of Inflammation and Immune Activation in Primary Graft Dysfunctions,” respectively.
The research projects were selected based on multiple criteria, including overall scientific impact, innovation, and potential for developing new collaborations and funding for translational human immunology.
Immunology is one of five pillars of the Translating Duke Health Initiative, a multi-disciplinary, multi-year commitment to harness the expertise and knowledge found at Duke to address society’s most significant scientific and healthcare challenges. The initiative also funds research focused on Cardiovascular Disease, Brain Metastasis, Brain Resilience, and Children’s Health.