For a scientist focused on studying how stress affects health, COVID-19 might seem like a boon for research. But the stress wrought by the novel coronavirus has actually confounded stress-related research.
Yet, Susan Girdler, PhD, FABMR, a recipient of several TraCS $2K pilot awards, has found a way to keep her research moving forward. Girdler's lab has consistently demonstrated success in making the most of small studies or modest funding, parlaying the TraCS pilot grant pathway into future NIH awards and prolific research careers.
“We have had a lot of success,” Girdler noted, “and I attribute that success to the incredible feedback and support that TraCS gives.”
A team of researchers led by UNC School of Medicine's Mehul Patel, PhD, has produced a mathematical simulation that evaluates how many COVID-19 cases could be avoided in North Carolina if more people get vaccinated and follow mask and physical distancing guidelines. This research was funded in part by the NC TraCS Pilot Grant Program.
In 2016, UNC researcher Otto Zhou received NC TraCS funding with an Improving Human Health pilot award for: A low-dose and high-sensitivity 3D intraoral imaging device for improving human health, which helped fund a clinical evaluation that compared the new 3D device to standard radiography.
Imagine this scenario:
In the hustle to publish a paper, you accidently forgot to cite the underlying NIH support. Or, the opposite, you opt to include that other grant in the acknowledgements that did not have anything to do with the work. No problem, right?
Well, it could be.
The UNC School of Medicine has been selected as one of 29 sites in the United States to participate in the Systemic Allergy Reactions to SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination (COVID-19-004), a clinical study sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to determine if some individuals are more likely to have serious adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines against COVID-19.
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