Pilot Funding for Basic Biomedical Science

In support of the institute's goal to become a model for advancing transdisciplinary health science through strong partnerships with communities, organizations and other key stakeholders, HRI is requesting applications to expand the HEALTH Research Institute in the area of basic biomedical science. Basic biomedical science provides a transformative platform to discover novel pathological and pathophysiological mechanisms that could be rapidly translated into population-specific targets of prevention and treatment.


The purpose of the pilot research program is to strategically seed feasibility and proof of concept studies that will lead to the development of novel findings that address one or more health challenges faced by our local, state or national communities.  Proposal submissions are due by July 1, 2019.



Funded HRI Pilot Projects

Computerized Suicide Prevention for Latinos in Primary Care
Michael J. Zvolensky, Ph.D, Principal Investigator


Project Team Includes:

  • Andres Viana, Ph.D, Co-Investigator
  • Rheeda Walker, Ph.D, Co-Investigator
  • Jodi Berger Cardoso, Ph.D, Co-Investigator
  • Monica Garza, Ph.D, Co-Investigator

The Intersectionality of Nutrition, Alcohol Abuse, and Infectious Disease Susceptibility
Elebeoba E. May, Ph.D, Principal Investigator

Project Team Includes:

  • Ezemenari Obasi, Ph.D, Co-Investigator

UHAND Pilot Projects

Mexican Immigrants' Biological and Behavioral Cancer Risk Based on Stress
Dr. Daphne Hernandez and Dr. Hua Zhao


Watchful Living: A lifestyle intervention for black and Hispanic prostate cancer patients and their partners
Dr. Dalnim Cho and Dr. Richard Simpson


Novel Formulation of Synthetic Retinoid for Chemoprevention
Dr. Qiang Shen and Dr. Xinli Liu