Pilot Grants


The Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at Baylor College of Medicine and the Nantz National Alzheimer’s Center at Houston Methodist are working together to support research on Alzheimer’s Disease and AD-related dementias.

The BCM-HM Collaborative Pilot Grants stimulate development of cross-institutional research teams. The program’s goals are to:

  • Promote mutually beneficial partnerships that will lead to productive and long-lasting research collaborations between BCM and HM that positively impact the AD/ADRD field
  • Kick-start or expand research that has a high likelihood of leading to peer-reviewed publications and external funding
  • Engage HM and BCM trainees in mentored research experiences and team science, and cultivate future leaders in basic, clinical, and translational investigation for AD/ADRDs.

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Current and Past Recipients

Year BCM Primary Investigator HM Primary Investigator Trainees Project
2020 Joanna Jankowsky, Ph.D. Masahiro Fujita, M.D., Ph.D. Alireza Faridar, M.D. (HM) “Capturing the yin and yang of neuroinflammation through novel PET ligands”
2020 Matthew Rasband, Ph.D. Matthew Cykowski, M.D. Sharon Stevens (BCM) “Elucidating ANK1 Dysfunction in AD”
2020 Amy McGuire, J.D., Ph.D. Joseph Masdeu, M.D., Ph.D. Christine Rizk, M.D. (HM) “Integrating Precision Medicine into Alzheimer’s Disease Care”
2021 Sarah Elsea, Ph.D. Matthew Cykowski, M.D. Charul Gijavanekar, Ph.D. (BCM) “Defining metabolo-genomic signatures of Alzheimer's disease”
2021 Jeannie Chin, Ph.D. Shu-Hsia Chen, Ph.D. Vitaliy Davidov, M.D.,.Ph.D. (HM) “Leukocyte Immunoglobulin-Like Receptor B as a target for neuroinflammation”
2021 Zheng Sun, Ph.D. Sonia Villapol, Ph.D. Xin Li, Ph.D. (BCM)
Sirena Soriano, Ph.D. (HM)
“Epigenomic memory of estrogen in Alzheimer's disease”