SPARTAN Early Investigator Seed Grants are intended to support early career investigators working in Axial Spondyloarthritis (AxSpA). Specifically, these seed grants should facilitate research projects that generate the preliminary data necessary to support grant applications to funding agencies such as the National Institutes of Health. The overarching goals are to accelerate research in the field of AxSpA and improve the care of patients with AxSpA.
Two grants were approved for the 2017-2018 cycle: one basic/translational project and one clinical project.
The translational research project was entitled “Understanding the pathophysiology of SpA by characterizing trafficking lymphocytes in the gut-joint axis”, submitted by Kristi Kuhn, MD, PhD(University of Colorado School of Medicine).
The clinical research project was entitled “N-of-1 trials of NSAIDs in SpA with adaptive design”, submitted by Runsheng Wang, MD, MHS (Columbia University Medical Center).
A maximum of $10,000 was allocated per project.