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In response to a request for seed grant applications issued August 15th, 2002, nineteen Letters of Intent were received by the September 15th, 2002 deadline. These Letters were reviewed by the Cousins Center Research & Education Committee whose members include Drs. Julienne E. Bower, Steven W. Cole, Chris J. Evans, John L. Fahey, Fawzy I. Fawzy, Michael R. Irwin, Bruce D. Naliboff, and Thomas F. Newton.

The Research & Education Committee recommended that full applications be invited from ten Letter submitters and nine full proposals were received by the November 15th, 2002 deadline. Each application was reviewed by a primary, secondary and tertiary reviewer and these reviews were presented and discussed at a meeting of the full committee. In any case where a committee member had a conflict of interest on a particular application, that committee member absented him or herself from the meeting room during discussion and abstained from voting.
As a result of this process, the following seven seed grants were funded in 2003:
Principal Investigator Department Seed Grant Title
Gayle Baldwin, Ph.D. Hematology/Oncology Cocaine: Making the Connection Between Nervous System Stimulation & Immune Dysfunction
Chris Evans, Ph.D. & Edwin Cooper, Ph.D. Semel Institute and Neurobiology Zebrafish as a Potential Model for Analyzing Neuroimmune Mechanisms
Daniel Furst, M.D. Rheumatology Sleep & Cytokines in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Shelly Gable, Ph.D. Psychology Social Evaluation, Fear of Rejection, & Proinflammatory Cytokine & Cortisol Responses to Stress
Bruce Naliboff, Ph.D. Semel Institute Plasma & Cerebrospinal Fluid Cytokine Concentrations in Women with Diarrhea Predominant IBS
Jennifer Pike, Ph.D. Semel Institute Tai Chi Chih in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Shelley Taylor, Ph.D. Psychology Family Environment and Biobehavioral Stress Responses