Union County Commission on Children & Families

2006 | Assessing the Influence of the Rural School and Community Environments on the Physical Activity Patterns and Food Choices of Rural Children | $57,566

The proposed project seeks to understand how the environment of rural children, which presumably can be modified, contributes to obesity, through an extensive assessment process ' primarily focus groups and a 'photovoice' experience with samples of school-age children throughout the county.

College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University

2004 | Prevention of UV-induced skin carcinogenesis by chlorophyll and chlorophyllin | $41,120

To test the hypotheses that oral administration of chlorophyllin or chlorophyll inhibits UV-induced skin carcinogenesis, and inhibits systemic UV-induced immunosuppression. The study design will also reveal the effects of chlorophyllin and chlorophyll on normal immune and inflammatory responses.

Exercise and Sport Science Department, Oregon State University

2004 | Calpain activity during skeletal muscle injury: A single cell approach | $69,807

To investigate the cellular mechanisms responsible for an increase in the activity of calpains, a family of calcium-activated enzymes involved in the degradation of skeletal muscle proteins, following muscle injury. The project will also investigate the consequences of calpain-mediated protein degradation on muscle cell function.

Institute on Aging, Portland State University

2004 | Arthritis Among Hispanics in Oregon: Developing Community Solutions | $461,000

To develop a database on the characteristics of, beliefs about, and treatment behaviors related to arthritis among this population; to develop a comprehensive plan for minimizing the ill effects of arthritis on this population; and to field test one or more strategies developed and evaluate the results.

Neurology Department, OHSU

2004 | HLA-DR4-derived RTLs for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis | $100,000

To develop a novel recombinant molecule that mimics T cell receptor ligand, and use it to test the hypothesis that the specific targeting of collagen peptide-specific T cells by the recombinant TCR ligands (RTLs) can regulate T cell activation and treat clinical and histological signs of collagen-induced arthritis in collagen-susceptible mouse strains.