2018 Pilot Grants

The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition, a joint effort of the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital, is pleased to announce a pilot research grant program to support innovative pilot studies relevant to pediatric healthy lifestyles, broadly defined. More specifically, the purpose of this call for proposals is to fund work that: 1) is related to pediatric healthy lifestyles, 2) promotes cross-site partnerships between KUMC and CMH, and 3) has a high probability of leading to extramural grant funding. Applicants must be a member of the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition ( or become a member if their proposal is selected for funding. Projects may be either clinical or basic science in their focus (or both).  Grants may be for a maximum of $33,000, and the maximum project duration is one year. The call for proposals is announced each January. More information can be found  here.


Congratulations to these award recipients who will receive $33,000 each for the 2017 fiscal year!

“Brain Activity, Physical Activity, Adiposity, and Reward”
Dr. Robin Shook (w/Dr. Amanda Bruce), CMH/KUMC

“Changing Adolescents’ Brain Responses to E-Cigarette Marketing with Media Literacy Intervention”
Dr. Laura Martin (w/Drs. Yvonne Chen and Delwyn Catley), KUMC/CMH


The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition is delighted to announce the recipient of our Pilot Grant for 2016-2017. The award is for $33,000 and lasts from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. More information about our Pilot Grant award can be found here.

“Role of hepatic mitochondrial function in adolescent acute high-fat diet induced weight gain”
E. Matthew Morris, PhD
Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KUMC.


The Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition is delighted to announce the recipients of our Pilot Grant for the 2015-2016 year. Awards are for $33,000 and last from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Parent and Child Adverse Childhood Experiences in Overweight and Obese Children.
Kimberly A. Randell MD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine & Urgent Care, CMH/UMKC

A Pediatric Obesity Treatment Pilot for Rural Primary Care Providers Using a Project ECHO Approach
Eve-Lynn Nelson, PhD, Professor, Pediatrics, KUMC

A Cross-Sectional Study of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Regarding Generalized Food Motivation and Specific Temporal Profiles of Disgust/Reward
Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, KUMC

Leadership Retreat


Center leadership met October 11 – 13, 2016 in Wichita at the Kansas Leadership Center to develop a 5 –year strategic plan related to objectives in Research, Clinical Care, Community Outreach, Advocacy and Education. Those attending were (front row) Shelly Summar, Meredith Dreyer Gillette, Sarah Hampl, Susana Patton and Brooke Sweeney; (back row) Jordan Carlson, Robin Shook, Ann Davis, Amanda Bruce, Delwyn Catley and John Thyfault.

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