Department of
Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

New NIH Grant Funding in 2022

NIH - New Grants Funded in 2022


We are having a phenomenally successful year for grant funding, especially grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Our researchers have already been awarded over $7 million in new NIH funding from January through October of 2022, and several additional NIH grants are anticipated to be funded (all new NIH awards listed below). As of October 2022, our portfolio of active grant support includes over $50 million in overall external research funding,* over $48 million of which is from the NIH.** Congratulations to all the investigators listed below who were awarded new NIH grants in 2022!


New NIH Grant Funding in 2022

Project Title NIH Funding Institute Project Number Award Notice Date PI(s)/Project Leader(s) Total Funding Amount (Year 1)
LNCRNA Regulation of Gene Expression & Behavior NIAAA 1R01AA030257-01 9/19/2022 Sean P. Farris, PhD  $552,717
Development and Validation of a Multimodal Ultrasound-Based Biomarker for Myofascial Pain (Multiple Principal Investigator Grant) NCCIH 1R61AT012282-01 9/19/2022 Pitt PI: Ajay D. Wasan, MD, MSc


Genetic Engineering Core NIA Subproject 5973, 1U19AG074866-01A1 9/1/2022

Gregg E. Homanics, PhD

Neuroimaging to Identify the Neural Correlates of Anesthetic and Analgesic Action in Humans NIGMS 1R35GM146822-01 8/29/2022 Keith M. Vogt, MD, PhD, FASA $370,761
Perioperative Precision Medicine: Translating Science to Clinical Practice to Improve Safety and Efficacy of Opioids in Neonates, Children and Nursing Mothers NCATS 1U01TR003719-01A1 8/3/2022 Senthil Sadhasivam, MD, MPH, MBA, FASA $1,129,533
Reduction of Opioid Requirement Associated with Auriculo-nerve Stimulation Following Open Surgery NIDA 1R01DA054513-01A1 7/29/2022 Jacques E. Chelly, MD, PhD, MBA, and Senthil Sadhasivam, MD, MPH, MBA, FASA $528,103
Microglia and S1PR1 Signaling in Multiple Sclerosis-Associated Neuropathic Pain NINDS 1F31 NS125974-01A1 6/22/2022 Sydney Lamerand (lab of Bradley K. Taylor, PhD) $46,752
Research Training in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine NIGMS T32GM075770-16 6/1/2022 Yan Xu, PhD $385,063
Peripheral and Central Pathways of α3 Glycine Receptors as Non-Opioid Molecular Targets to Treat Pain NINDS 1R01NS122830-01A1 4/20/2022 Yan Xu, PhD $570,758
Integrating Brain and Behavioral Measures of Central Pain Inhibition to Personalize Treatment in Chronic Pain Management NINDS 1K23NS123429-01A1 3/25/2022 Benedict Alter, MD, PhD $189,216
3/11 Epigenetic Regulation of Neuroimmune Pathways NIAAA 2U01AA020889-11 3/10/2022 Sean P. Farris, PhD, and Gregg E. Homanics, PhD $601,471
lncRNA Gas5 Dysregulation Alters Ethanol Drinking Behavior and Ethanol-Related Phenotypes NIAAA 1F31AA030176-01 3/2/2022 Sonja Plasil (lab of Gregg E. Homanics, PhD) $46,752
The Role of lncRNA MALAT1 in Controlling Behavior and Neuroinflammation in Alcohol Use Disorder NIAAA 1F31AA029942-01A1 2/10/2022 Annalisa Baratta (lab of Gregg E. Homanics, PhD) $46,752
TOTAL $7,051,898


Anticipated New NIH Awards, Scored Well

Project Title NIH Funding Institute Project Number PI(s)/Project Leader(s)
Smart Cuff: Multi-Parameter Hemodynamic Monitoring via a Single Convenient Device   NHLBI R01HL163691 Aman Mahajan, MD, PhD, MBA


* This amount represents all active sponsored projects in our department as of October 17, 2022 where one of our faculty members is either PD/PI, MPI, or clinical trial lead. Our amount of total research funding is ever fluctuating.

** Our data will not match data published by the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR), who ranks institutions and departments by their amount of NIH funding. BRIMR’s most current data is for federal fiscal year 2021, August 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021. Since BRIMR does not include some grants such as sub-awards, no-cost extensions, fund carry-forwards, multi-institutional grants, awards on which our faculty are Co-PIs, etc., BRIMR totals/rankings do not reflect all research dollars coming to our department.1

1. Parslow TG, Roskoski R Jr. A Primer on BRIMR: Understanding the Rankings of NIH Support from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. Am J Pathol. 2022 Mar;192(3):392-394. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2021.12.004. Epub 2021 Dec 24. PMID: 34954208; PMCID: PMC8895421.