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InsideTraCS — with Emily Pfaff

Get to know your extended research team through InsideTraCS, a new series featuring conversations with faculty and staff.

Emily Pfaff, PhD, is Co-director of Informatics and Data Science at NC TraCS. She has a PhD in Health Informatics and a master's in Information Science, both from UNC. Her primary expertise and research interests are in "computable phenotyping" and clinical data modeling in support of translational research. We recently spoke with Pfaff about improving/refining health data collection and analysis, COVID research, and the role of informatics in solving today's pressing health problems.


Clare Harrop, PhD

TraCS KL2 Scholar awarded NIH grant to study sex-specific trajectories in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Clare Harrop, PhD, TraCS KL2 scholar, has been awarded $3.28 million from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to chart the impact of assigned sex at birth on developmental trajectories in autistic children.

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Expanding UNC research to new participants

From Buncombe County to the Outer Banks, people across North Carolina are interested and searching for research participation opportunities. Research for Me, the centralized resource at UNC-Chapel Hill to find research opportunities and learn about research, aims to connect these people with research teams.

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Diekman lab awarded two NIH Grants totaling over $400K for Osteoarthritis research

Continuing work funded by NC TraCS and others, the new grants will fund the study of a genetic variant associated with high risk of Osteoarthritis, and how cartilage changes during aging. The long-term goal of the Diekman lab is to elucidate the biology of aging as a way to catalyze new therapeutic strategies for OA.

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WRAL features Dr. Michelle Hernandez in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

WRAL-TV recently featured Dr. Michelle Hernandez, highlighting her work in underserved communities. At UNC Health, Hernandez is breaking down barriers as a pediatric allergist and immunologist. The Puerto Rican native calls the work her purpose.


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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.

TraCS Service Highlights

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FastTraCS provides design service for medical device innovation

Our industry-experienced engineers provide design services to assist innovators as they translate their ideas for medical devices from napkin sketch to reality
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Research resources available on SharePoint

Learn what data is available in the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health (CDW-H) and how it can support your research.
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Recruitment: tips on the remote consent process

Review best practices and options for conducting the informed consent process for research studies remotely.

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