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Gallaudet University Receives National Institutes of Health (NIH) Grant Award from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

The Office of Sponsored Programs wishes to congratulate Dr. Patrick Boudreault, principal investigator on his award from UCLA with funding from the NIH's National Cancer Institute in the amount of $60,076.

Summary of the Project
Gallaudet University and UCLA are collaborating on a unique inter-disciplinary effort that bridges language, education, translation, genetics, health, and community endeavors. A comprehensive project designing and implementing cancer genetics education in ASL for the Deaf community online, funded by the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Patrick Boudreault, a visiting professor from Research and Graduate School at Gallaudet University, is working as a co-PI with Dr. Christina Palmer, a professor from UCLA Departments of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, Human Genetics, and Institute for Society and Genetics. Dr. Boudreault and Dr. Palmer have been collaborating since 2006 starting with a previous project investigating the social and individual effect of genetic counseling and genetic testing of Connexin 26 and 30. 

The main objective of this three-year study is to raise awareness and the importance of family health history for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, specifically in understanding, self-assessing, and seeking appropriate genetic counseling to determine individual's cancer risks. The project consists of developing, testing, and assessing the effectiveness of a bilingual (ASL and English text) website that emphasizes how important your family's cancer history is to your own health. The website uses an innovative visual media approach in an accessible and jargon free American Sign Language.

A pool of 150 Deaf ASL-users will evaluate the usefulness and accessibility of our health education material. After completion of the study, the bilingual materials will be available online to the public through one of our project partners, DeafMD.org, a non-profit website that provides healthcare information for the Deaf community.

Details of the award are as follows:

Dr. Patrick Boudreault, Principal Investigator
Cancer Genetics Education for the Deaf Community
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (NIH National Cancer Institute)
Award No.: 200GRC194
Dollar amount of federal funds awarded: $60,076 for the period of August 1, 2013 through July 31, 2014
Percentage total cost of the program financed with federal funding: 100%
Percentage and dollar amount of the total costs funded by non-governmental sources:  0%, $0


Grants are integral to establishing "Gallaudet as the epicenter of research development and outreach leading to advancements in knowledge and practice for deaf and hard of hearing people and all humanity."  A central component of Gallaudet University's mission is the enhancement of faculty and staff opportunities for creative and scholarly research and training.  If you have a question about the grant writing process or if you have an idea or concept and would like to discuss potential grant opportunities, please contact Audrey Wineglass Foster at audrey.foster@gallaudet.edu.

We look forward to meeting and working with you.

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