Roybal Center Announces Predoc Winners of 2016-2017 Pilot Grants


Doctoral candidates from two health sciences colleges of the University of Illinois at Chicago are winners of a pilot grant competition sponsored by a federally funded center at the Institute for Health Research and Policy.

The Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation is awarding $9,500 to Savitha Subramaniam of the College of Applied Health Sciences and $3,000 to Bingqian Zhu of the College of Nursing.

The funds will support their dissertation research.

Subramaniam, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Physical Therapy, will use the grant for her research investigating, “Does a Virtual Reality-Based Dance Training Paradigm Assist in Successful Aging in Older Adults? A Preliminary Study.” 

Zhu will apply the grant to her study of the relationship between sleep and self-care in type 2 diabetes. Zhu is a doctoral candidate in Nursing’s Department of Biobehavioral Health Science.

The Midwest Roybal Center, under the direction of Susan L. Hughes, sponsors a pilot grant competition for UIC doctoral candidates each year. 

The center is one of 13 centers nationwide funded by the National Institute on Aging. It promotes the health of older adults through the development, translation, and testing of health promotion programs based on scientific evidence.

The Midwest Roybal Center will issue its next call for applications from UIC doctoral candidates in the summer of 2017. In that competition, the center will again award $12,500 to doctoral candidates studying the health promotion of older adults.

The center is now accepting applications for a second pilot grant competition this year. 

UIC faculty, doctorate-level researchers, and doctoral students are invited to apply for pilot funding by Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Learn more about that competition.

The Midwest Roybal Center is part of IHRP’s Center for Research on Health and Aging, also directed by Hughes.