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Erin Carey, MD, MSCR

New FastTraCS co-executive director wants to help UNC clinicians turn ideas into solutions

When Erin Carey, MD, MSCR, first joined UNC more than 10 years ago, she found that many of her patients suffered from some form of chronic pain. But she also quickly learned that the field of pain medicine doesn't always have good answers when it comes to gynecologic pain. Carey, now the director of the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Division at UNC, has spent a good chunk of her career trying to fill that clinical gap—including working on a project with FastTraCS, the biomedical engineering and commercialization team at NC TraCS, to develop a new physical therapy device for patients with pelvic floor muscle pain.

This month, Carey is also taking on a new role as co-executive director of FastTraCS, in large part out of a desire to help other medical professionals find, interrogate, and resolve similar gaps in everyday medicine.


John Buse, MD, PhD

TraCS Co-Director honored with outstanding physician award from ADA

The ADA has announced the recipients of the 2024 National Scientific and Health Care Achievement Awards, recognizing individuals who have significantly advanced diabetes care, education, and research. Among the awardees is John Buse, MD, PhD, the Verne S. Caviness Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of NC TraCS.

Cynthia Powell, MD, MS and Jennifer Law, MD, MSCR

Newborn genetic screening study reaches new milestone with TraCS support

Early Check screens newborns for hundreds of childhood-onset genetic conditions, many of which are not identified through state newborn screening, and assesses a newborn’s genetic risk of developing type 1 diabetes in their lifetime. The NC TraCS RCMU is responsible for all UNC site logistics for the study.

Catalina Berenblum Tobi

TraCS CPAB member publishes research on how word choice affects children’s perceptions of their own health

Catalina Berenblum Tobi, member of the NC TraCS Equity in Research Community & Advisory Board publishes qualitative research outlining how metaphors used when explaining inflammatory bowel disease affect young patients’ perceptions of illness and healing.

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UNC OHRE and the IRB announce office hours opportunity

The UNC Office of Human Research Ethics and the Institutional Review Board are offering office hours twice a month on Wednesdays in 15-minute blocks from 9–11 a.m., currently scheduled through June 2024. Both virtual and in-person sessions are available depending on date.


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Advancing the research agenda at UNC-Chapel Hill

Watch our new video and learn what’s possible with support from NC TraCS – drones that deliver life-saving equipment, potential mental health treatment based on brain wave therapy, and 3D-printed intravaginal rings to deliver therapeutics are just a few of the possibilities. We’re here to help strengthen and accelerate research at UNC-Chapel Hill and beyond.

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