By Wendy Sarubbi | August 6, 2012 4:24 pm

Swimmer Michael Phelps knows how to go for the Olympic gold, but when it comes to winning research funding, the College of Medicine has its own superstars who have made a splash – three repeat recipients and a first-timer are this year’s inductees into the University of Central Florida Millionaires Club.

With this year’s honor, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences’ inductees Dr. Henry Daniell and Dr. Alexander Cole have been recognized six times and three times respectively. Jeanette Schreiber, the College of Medicine’s associate vice president for medical affairs and chief legal officer, is being recognized for the second time. Dr. Sampath Parthasarathy, the College of Medicine’s Florida Hospital Chair in Cardiovascular Science and associate director for research, is the newest member of the elite club.

“We are very proud of all of our faculty who excel in the missions of the college – teaching, research, clinical service and service,” said Dr. Richard Peppler, associate dean for academic and faculty affairs and interim director of the Burnett school. “All of these  faculty excel in their efforts, and the school and college are exceptionally proud of their efforts – not only with the research mission but in the other three as well.”

The recipients’ funding totals and related projects are:

  • Dr. Cole, professor and Ph.D. program coordinator, $1,464,797; Development of RC-101 As An Intravaginal Anti-HIV-1 Topical Microbicide; R33 – Aminoglycoside Microbicides Restore Natural Expression Of Anti-HIV-1 Retrocyclins; and Retrocyclins: Circular Defensins Active Against HIV-1.
  • Dr. Daniell, Pegasus Professor and Trustee Chair, $1,673,339; Oral Therapy for Hemophilia A; and Preventing Type 1 Diabetes By Oral Delivery Of Plant-Derived Autoantigens.
  • Dr. Parthasarathy, Florida Hospital Chair in Cardiovascular Science and associate director for research: $1,213,366; Non-pharmacological Control of Atherosclerosis; and Novel Mechanisms by Which Aspirin Might Protect Against Atherosclerosis.
  • Jeanette Schreiber,  $1,062,284; Central Florida Health Information Technology Initiative to promote the use of electronic health records.

They are among 35 researchers from throughout UCF’s colleges and disciplines who will be inducted into the 2012 Millionaires Club during a fall ceremony.

The Millionaires Club has grown from the inaugural class of six researchers in 2000, who cumulatively received $10.7 million, to members of the 2012 class, who received a total of $74.7 million.

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