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Grantsmanship Training Event: Speakers

Keynote Speaker:

Julie Lucas, Ph.D.

Principal Scientist, MRI Global Research Institute

Dr. Julie Lucas is a Principal Scientist at MRI Global in Rockville, Maryland, an independent not-for-profit contract research institute specializing in global health and security, and national defense. Dr. Lucas has over 15 years of experience in various aspects of biomedical research, with a focus on biodefense pathogens and emerging infectious disease research and development.  Her research interests include drug discovery, diagnostics and microbial forensics. Dr. Lucas has experience working with a number of funding agencies within the Department of Defense, as well as other agencies in the U.S. Government, from proposal writing through execution of projects. Dr. Lucas has authored and co-authored numerous publications, abstracts, presentations, and reports in this field. Dr. Lucas earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Francisco and her B.S. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Panel Members:

Eric Elbogen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Dr. Eric Elbogen is a forensic psychologist who conducts both clinical work and empirical research at the intersection of law and mental health services, with a particular focus on military veterans.

Dr. Elbogen is currently Principal Investigator of an NIMH funded R01 examining the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) on violence and aggression among Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans. He is Principal Investigator (PI) of a U.S. Department of Education funded project investigating improving financial capacity among veterans with psychiatric disabilities. He is also PI of a U.S. Department of Defense funded randomized clinical trial of a cognitive rehabilitation intervention to improve executive function in Veterans with PTSD and TBI. In terms of clinical work, Dr. Elbogen currently provides forensic and neuropsychological assessments at Central Regional Hospital in Butner, N.C., in addition to forensic, neuropsychological, and personality testing through the UNC Forensic Psychiatry Program and Clinic.

Christopher Rhea, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Dr. Christopher K. Rhea is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He serves as the director of the Virtual Environment for Assessment and Rehabilitation Laboratory (VEAR Lab) and teaches courses in biomechanics, movement variability, and research methods. Dr. Rhea received his B.S. in Physical Education from the University of Central Missouri (2002), M.S. in Movement Science specializing in sports biomechanics from Barry University (2004) and Ph.D. in Motor Behavior specializing in biomechanics from Purdue University (2009). Prior to joining the UNCG faculty, Dr. Rhea was a Visiting Scholar at Brown University, while concurrently working as a Research Health Scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center (2008-2010.)

Dr. Rhea's primary research interest is the control of locomotion and balance. Dr. Rhea's research is separated into two themes; assessment and rehabilitation. In the assessment domain, Dr. Rhea's research team is exploring novel ways to quantify a person's functional mobility level. Clinical science is typically confined to subjective, course grained assessment of a patient's ability, making the accurate prescription of a rehabilitation program difficult. To this end, Dr. Rhea's research team is exploring how nonlinear dynamics can be used to index a patient's ability level. Furthermore, Dr. Rhea's team has utilized smartphone technology as an assessment tool by creating an Android-based app to identify neurological dysfunction from movement patterns.

Once the patient's functional level has been identified, Dr. Rhea's research team develops novel rehabilitation practices using virtual reality (VR) technology. Dr. Rhea created the Rehabilitation Engagement Visualized In Virtual Environments (REVIVE) project (patent pending), which uses avatars and other virtual environments to assist in the re-development of a patient's walking ability. The REVIVE project is currently being tested with patients who have a reconstructed anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and patients with chronic stroke.

Dr. Rhea and colleagues have published their work in Medical Engineering and Physics, Gait & Posture, the Public Library of Science (PLoS ONE), Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Human Movement Science, Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Health, Experimental Brain Research, Neuroscience Letters, Journal of Vision, and Ophthalmic and Pyhsiological Optics. He has given over 75 conference presentations to numerous societies, including the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, American Society of Biomechanics and the North American Society for Psychology in Sport and Physical Activity. His work is currently funded by the US Navy (W91CRB-11-D-0001; subcontract P010202825).

Joseph A. DaCorta, MHA
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Entegrion

Joseph A. DaCorta is the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Entegrion. Mr. DaCorta has more than 30 years of healthcare experience in operational and tactical medicine, bio-defense and homeland security. He is a retired Navy Medical Service Corps officer with broad experience in federal acquisition of biomedical science and technology. He brings experience in biomedical research strategic planning, accessing federal funding, global commercialization and formation of public and private partnerships. Mr. DaCorta received his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University and a Master's of Health Administration (MHA) from Baylor University.

Cari Green, MBA, CFCM, PMP

Associate Director, Contracts and Grants, Novan Therapeutics  

Cari Green is the Associate Director, Contracts and Grants at Novan Therapeutics.  Ms. Green has experience administering state and federal funding activities and holds Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) and PMP certifications.  Her expertise is in directing the strategy and execution of the entire contracts and grants lifecycle, including identifying funding opportunities, writing and submitting proposals, managing post award activities, ensuring compliance with regulations, and acting as a primary point of contact for the Company in communications with funding agencies.  Ms. Green has managed nearly $15M in grants and contracts awarded to Novan from various funding agencies including BARDA, DOD, NIH, and NSF.  Ms. Green has a Master’s in Business Administration from East Carolina University and a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Barton College.