NC TraCS has secured a seven-year, $70 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH to accelerate high-impact research that improves human health and advances health equity. The latest grant will provide continued funding for the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, the academic hub of the CTSA program at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine.
“For the last 15 years, NC TraCS has worked to enhance our clinical research infrastructure, capacity, and efficiency at UNC and our partners, N.C. A&T and NC State University,” said Nick Shaheen, MD, MPH, Co-Principal Investigator of NC TraCS. “We are excited to have this new funding to focus on the most compelling health issues of our time—effectively, expediently, and efficiently translating science toward clinical practice and health policy for all those we serve.”
Loretta Fearrington is a Research Informatics Specialist with the NC TraCS Informatics and Data Science (IDSci) service, which supports investigator studies with innovative technology and advanced analytics. We recently spoke with her about what drew her to informatics, the challenge of creating common data models, handling large amounts of PHI data, and helping researchers succeed.
Michael Kappelman, MD, MPH, was the lead PI on the clinical trial which followed nearly 300 children with Crohn's to evaluate how their conditions changed in response to anti-TNF biologic treatments alone or in combination with a second immune suppressive medication.
The Bloom Process Mapping Tool has been selected as a finalist in the WCG Innovation Challenge—and will be presented at the WCG MAGI East 2023 Clinical Research Conference on May 24, 2023. Bloom is an online platform designed to construct a customized process map for studies based on answers to questions about study characteristics.
The Research Coordinator Advisory Committee (RCAC) brings together clinical research coordinators from across nine UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Health departments. Members will provide the boots-on-the-ground perspective on the development of NC TraCS initiatives, resources, and training programs related to participant recruitment and retention.
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