Damayanthi Ranwala

InstitutionMedical University of South Carolina
DepartmentAcademic Affairs Faculty
AddressP.O. Box MSC 195
Roper Medical Office Bldg - 125 Doughty St., Charl
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    Dr. Ranwala is an Associate Professor in the Academic Affairs Faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)and Associate Director for the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research (SCTR) Institute. She received her PhD in Plant Physiology from Clemson University, and pursued post-doctoral training in the fields of carbohydrate metabolism at Cornell University, and botanical medicine at Clemson University's Institute for Nutraceutical Research where she initiated cross-disciplinary basic and clinical translational research collaborations with MUSC. She has been a co-investigator on cross-disciplinary teams that led a head/neck cancer clinical trial and studied anti-inflammatory properties of nutraceuticals on colon cancer and oral health related basic research.

    In 2009, Dr. Ranwala joined the SCTR Institute, funded by an NIH Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA). Her primary roles within SCTR include the administration of Pilot Project Program and Team Science Program to help in developing new cross-disciplinary translational research teams to promote Science of Team Science. She has been involved in many aspects of the team science initiatives within MUSC and the national CTSA Consortium in developing Team Science education and training initiatives for the translational research teams. She is the Co-Chair for the national CTSA Institutional Readiness for Team Science Workgroup, Chair for Academic Promotion and Tenure Workgroup, Lead for the Great CTSA Team Science Contest and Chair for the Contest Judges/Judging Criteria Committee. Dr. Ranwala was recently awarded a position in the competitive Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Early Career Women Faculty Leadership Development Seminar. She has served as a faculty advisor, mentor and scholar for the MUSC Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg Presidential Scholars Program, students and staff in the interprofessional courses, Pre-doctoral (TL1) and Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) trainees promulgating the concepts of Team Science and TeamSTEPPS.
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    Science of Team Science (SciTS), Team Science Education and Training, Translational Team and Research Developments, Pilot Project Grants

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    1. Lotrecchiano GR, DiazGranados D, Sprecher J, McCormack WT, Ranwala D, Wooten K, Lackland D, Billings H, Brasier AR. Individual and team competencies in translational teams. J Clin Transl Sci. 2020 Oct 21; 5(1):e72. PMID: 33948290.
    2. McHale SM, Ranwala DD, DiazGranados D, Bagshaw D, Schienke E, Blank AE. Promotion and tenure policies for team science at colleges/schools of medicine. J Clin Transl Sci. 2019 Oct; 3(5):245-252. PMID: 31660249.
    3. Bonilha H, Hyer M, Krug E, Mauldin M, Edlund B, Martin-Harris B, Halushka P, McGinty J, Sullivan J, Brady K, Ranwala D, Hermayer K, Harvey J, Paranal R, Gough J, Silvestri G, Chimowitz M. An institution-wide faculty mentoring program at an academic health center with 6-year prospective outcome data. J Clin Transl Sci. 2019 Dec; 3(6):308-315. PMID: 31827904.
    4. Damayanthi (Dayan) Ranwala, Anthony J. Alberg, Kathleen T. Brady, Jihad S. Obeid, Randal Davis, and Perry V. Halushka. Handbook of Evidence-Based Principles for Cross-Disciplinary Science and Practical Lessons Learned from Health Researchers Editors: Hall, Kara L., Vogel, Amanda L., Croyle, Robert T. (Eds.) . Book Chapter: Research Collaborations: Medical University of South Carolina CTSA Pilot Project Program Initiative. 2019. View Publication.
    5. Ranwala D, Alberg AJ, Brady KT, Obeid JS, Davis R, Halushka PV. Scientific retreats with 'speed dating': networking to stimulate new interdisciplinary translational research collaborations and team science. J Investig Med. 2017 02; 65(2):382-390. PMID: 27807146.
    6. Ranwala, D., Baillargeron, G., Brasier, AR., Cordero, JJ., Demby KB., Diazgranados, D., Kane, CT., Peden, DB., Pfammatter, AF., Spring, B., Tigges, BB., Trochim, WM., Wiseman, L., Wooten, KC., and Yehiely, F. 2016. Multi-CTSA Team Science Training Intervention Pilot Study. Science of Team Science Conference – Building the Knowledge base for effective team science, May 16-19, Phoenix, AZ. 2016.
    7. Ranwala, D., Marc I. Chimowitz, Perry V. Halushka, Patrick D. Mauldin, Jihad S. Obeid, Joann F. Sullivan, and Daniel T. Lackland. 2015. Development of a ‘Team Science in Clinical Research’ Course for Clinical Investigator Trainees. Science of Team Science Conference – Building the Knowledge base for effective team science, June 3-5, NIH, Bethesda, MD. 2015.
    8. Burshell, D., Ranwala, D., Andrews, J., Newman, S., Melvin, C., and Jenkins. C. 2015. Community Engaged Scholars Program: Advancing Team Science through Academic and Community Partnerships to Overcome Health Challenges. Science of Team Science Conference – Building the Knowledge base for effective team science, June 3-5, NIH, Bethesda, MD. 2015.
    9. Jenkins J., Newman S, Melvin C, Burshell D, Pierce H, Davis R, Ranwala D, Andrews J. 2015. Community Engaged Scholars Program: Training Academic and Community Partners for Research. Presented at the Delaware-CTR Accelerating Clinical and Translational Research (ACCEL) Program. . 2015.
    10. Obeid, JS., Ranwala, D., Davis, R., Lackland, DT., Halushka, PV., and Brady, KT. 2015. Using Research Networking Data to Assess the Impact of Translational Research Funding on Collaborative Publications. Science of Team Science Conference – Building the Knowledge base for effective team science, June 3-5, NIH, Bethesda, MD. 2015.
    11. Ranwala D., Davis, R., Alberg, AJ., Brady, KT., and Halushka, PV. 2015. Scientific Retreats as Stimulators of Translational Interdisciplinary Team Building. Science of Team Science Conference – Building the Knowledge base for effective team science, June 3-5, NIH, Bethesda, MD . 2015.
    12. Melvin CL, Wolf S, Ranwala D, Velasquez R, Davis R, Halushka P, Jenkins C. 2013. Engaging Community-Academic Partners to Address Obesity in South Carolina. Proceedings from the 6th Annual National CTSA Community Engagement Conference. Bethesda, MD. 2013.
    13. Reed SG, Cunningham JE, Westwater C, Ranwala D, Korte JE, Morris J, Sharma AK, Wargovich MJ. 2013. Herbal mouthrinse for oral mucositis in chemo-radiotherapy patients: feasibility study. Journal of Dental Research 92(Special Issue A):2233, 2013 . 2013. View Publication.
    14. Halushka, P.V., Alberg, A., Ranwala, D., Sampson, R., Davis, R. 2012. Medical University of South Carolina CTSA Pilot Project Program. Abstract of the oral presentation, 2012 CTSA Consortium Steering Committee Face-to- Face Meeting October 10-11, 2012. 2012.
    15. Head, J., Head, N., Ranwala, D and Westwater, C. 2011. Antimicrobial activity of natural products from medicinal plants. Abstract for the First Annual MUSC College of Dental Medicine Scholars Day, Charleston, SC. Abstract# 30. 2011.
    16. El-Salamouny S, Ranwala D, Shapiro M, Shepard BM, Farrar RR. Tea, coffee, and cocoa as ultraviolet radiation protectants for the beet armyworm nucleopolyhedrovirus. J Econ Entomol. 2009 Oct; 102(5):1767-73. PMID: 19886440.
    17. Ranwala, D., Hassell, R.L., M., Dufault R.J., and Gangemi J.D., 2009. Plant Part and Extraction Temperature Affect Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) Biomarker Compounds. HortSci. 44(4):961. 2009.
    18. Ranwala, D., Lane, H., Wargovich, M., and Gangemi J.D., 2009. Identification of biomarker compounds in muscadine, HortSci. 44(4):923. 2009.
    19. Carter, C., Goforth, P., Cunningham, J., Garrett-Mayer, E., Merriman, W., Korte, J., Morris, J., Ranwala, N., Sharma, A., Wargovich, M., Westwater, C and Reed, S.G. 2009. Predicted versus Actual: Participant Accrual in a Feasibility Study. Abstract for Medical University of South Carolina Student Research Day, Charleston, SC. Abstract# 043. 2009.
    20. Head, J., Ranwala, N and Westwater, C. 2009. Antimicrobial activity of natural products from medicinal plants. Abstract for Medical University of South Carolina Student Research Day, Charleston, SC. Abstract# 142. 2009.
    21. Carter, C., Cunningham, J., Garrett-Mayer, E., Goforth, P., Head, J., Korte, J., Morris, J., Ranwala, N., Reed, S., Sharma, A., Wargovich, M and Westwater, C. 2009. Mouthrinse for oral mucositis feasibility study: participant accrual. Abstract for the Third Annual Clinical Trials Network Retreat, “Improving Access and Accrual to Clinical Trials: Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies”, Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, SC. 2009.
    22. Morris, J., Cunningham, J., Ghumare, S., Korte, J., Ranwala, D., Sharma, A., Wargovich, M., Westwater, C and Reed, S. 2009. A feasibility study of neem (Azadirachta indica A. Juss.) mouthwash for the prevention and treatment of oral mucositis secondary to radiotherapy in head and neck cancer patients. Abstract for 7th Annual Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Research Workshop, Charleston, SC. 2009.
    23. King, D.E., N.K.D. Ranwala, and D.J. Gangemi. The value of muscadine grapes in the diet - Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. J Applied Science and Technology. 2009.
    24. Ranwala, N.K.D. and J.W. Rushing. Influence of treatments with heat, chlorine dioxide or ethylene oxide on microbiological load and parthenolide content in feverfew leaves. J Herbs, Spices, Medicinal Plants. 2008. 15(3):227-240. 2008.
    25. Ranwala, N.K.D. and D.R. Decoteau. End-of-day light treatments regulate watermelon seedling growth with no subsequent effects on fruit production after transplanting to the field. International J. Veg. Sci.13(4):21-31. 2007.
    26. Miller, WB, Ranwala, N.K.D., and Ranwala, A.P. Do plant growth regulator dip solutions “wear out” with repeated use? Greenhouse Product News. 15(10):54-60. 2005.
    27. Ranwala, N.K. D., A. P. Ranwala, and W. B. Miller. Paclobutrazol and uniconazole solutions maintain efficacy after multiple lily bulb dip events. HortTechnology 15(3): 551-553. 2005.
    28. Cheng L, Ma F, Ranwala D. Nitrogen storage and its interaction with carbohydrates of young apple trees in response to nitrogen supply. Tree Physiol. 2004 Jan; 24(1):91-8. PMID: 14652218.
    29. Kamenetsky, R., H. Zemah, A.P. Ranwala, F. Vergeld, N.K.D. Ranwala, W.B. Miller, H. Van As, and P. Bendel. Water status and carbohydrate pools in tulip bulbs throughout dormancy remission. New Phytologist 158:109-118. 2003.
    30. Ranwala, N.K.D., D.R. Decoteau, A.P. Ranwala, and W.B. Miller. Changes in soluble carbohydrates during phytochrome-regulated petiole elongation in watermelon seedlings. Plant Growth Regulation. 2002; (38):157-163.
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