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UWM Research Foundation announces new Catalyst Grants

The Catalyst Grant Program invests in promising early-stage research at UWM.

By - Nov 6th, 2015 04:28 pm

MILWAUKEE — Seven new research projects that include drug development for memory loss and software that improves imaging in CT scans have received Catalyst Grant funding from the Research Foundation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

The Catalyst Grant Program invests in promising early-stage research at UWM, fostering commercialization of new technology. Now in its eighth year, the Catalyst Grant Program has awarded more than $3.8 million dollars in seed funding for 76 different projects.

Four unique projects garnered a total of $181,000 from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and the Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation. These grants support promising research and development in areas where UWM has the greatest potential to impact the regional economy through commercialization.

Four additional projects are supported by GE Healthcare Catalyst Grants, totaling just over $200,000. These grants focus on research in advanced computational imaging and related embedded systems technologies.

This program is part of a larger effort by GE Healthcare aimed at building a pipeline of Wisconsin-based medical imaging software developers and researchers to drive the next generation of health care technology globally.

Bradley/Herzfeld winners and their projects:

  • Naira Campbell-KyureghyanDiagnosing Early-Stage Intervertebral Disc Degeneration
  • Karyn Frick and Mahmun HossainNew Drugs to Enhance Memory Formation
  • Mahmun Hossain – Development of New Drugs as Anticancer Agents
  • Lingfeng WangIntelligent Algorithms to Manage Green Buildings with Smart Grid Technologies

GE Healthcare winners:

  • Adel NasiriTesting and Characterization of Cost-Effective Uninterruptible Power Supply with Load Leveling for CT Systems
  • Jun ZhangScatter Correction for X-ray Panels
  • Roshan D’SouzaCo-registration of Medical Scans from Different Imaging Modalities for Longitudinal Studies


The UWM Research Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that supports research, innovation and entrepreneurship at UWM through a variety of programs, including patenting and licensing.

About UWM

As Wisconsin’s only public urban research university, UWM has established an international reputation for excellence in research, community engagement, teaching and entrepreneurism. On an operating budget of $705 million, UWM educates more than 28,000 students and is an engine for innovation in southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UWM a “2015 Best in the Midwest” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews. Its economic impact is more than $1.5 billion per year in Wisconsin alone.

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