2018 Cohn Fellowship Award Winners Announced

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Cohn Family Foundation has provided $100,000 in grant support that was distributed to junior faculty at Rush who act as mentees in Rush University’s Research Mentoring Program. The funding allows mentees to gather preliminary data for research proposals and for their continued engagement in research activities.

Cohn fellows are selected through a competitive process. The 2018 recipients are as follows:

Dawn Bounds, PhD, PMHNP-BC, is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Department of Psychiatry Section of Population Behavioral Health. Bounds research is focused on the risk and resilience of youth. Her research has addressed gaps in both policy and practice related to sex trafficking, and exposes the social factors that contribute to the exploitation of vulnerable people. Her Cohn research will adapt and pilot a family re-engagement intervention to focus on preventing recurrent sexual exploitation in homeless youth, with particular attention to African-American and LGBT youth.

Shannon Halloway, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Community, Systems and Mental Health Nursing at Rush University’s College of Nursing. Her research aims to reduce cognitive decline in at-risk older adult populations through lifestyle health behaviors. Her research is informed by her diverse clinical experiences focused on the care of older adults across the health care spectrum, as well as her community-based research experiences working with midlife and older women. Her Cohn fellowship will focus on testing a combined lifestyle physical activity and cognitive training intervention to improve memory in older women with cardiovascular disease.

Meghan M. Moran, PhD, joined Rush University Medical Center as a postdoctoral fellow and instructor in the Department of Cell and Molecular Medicine. She began teaching first-year medical students in the gross anatomy laboratory and conducting bone regeneration research in the Sumner Lab. She will become an assistant professor in this department in July 2018.  Currently, her research focuses on modifying the gut microbiome as a potential pathway to dampening the loss of orthopedic implant fixation due to aseptic osteolysis (the loss of bone surrounding an implant). Her Cohn Fellowship will support her  research goals to develop a mechanistic understanding of gut-bone interaction and potentially discover novel therapeutic approaches to preventing or delaying osteolysis, thereby decreasing the need for implant revision surgery.

Robin Pourzal, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. His field of expertise is materials science and engineering. He conducts implant failure analysis of total joint replacements and particle characterization at the Biocompatibility and Implant Pathology Laboratory and the Tribology Laboratory at Rush. His current research focuses on corrosion within modular taper junctions of total hip replacements and how corrosion products affect the patient. His Cohn Fellowship project will use infrared spectroscopic imaging and Raman spectroscopy to detect and characterize wear and corrosion products from total hip replacements within periprosthetic and remote organ tissue.