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UNC-Chapel Hill receives $70 million NIH Grant to build upon a robust translational science environment

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.”

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InsideTraCS — with Loretta Fearrington

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.

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Researchers Announce Findings from Landmark Clinical Trial for Pediatric Crohn's Disease

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.

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Bloom platform chosen as finalist in WCG Innovation Challenge

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.

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TraCS convenes Research Coordinator Advisory Committee

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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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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TraCS program works to support inclusive research and health equity

ISP works to achieve health equity among communities who are Black and Indigenous; children and adolescents; Disabled, blind, d/Deaf and hard of hearing, and/or neurodivergent; Latino/a/e/x; LGBTQIA and gender diverse; migrants and refugees; and older adults.
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Community and Patient Advisory Board

The TraCS Community and Patient Advisory Board promotes and supports equity in research. The 11-member CPAB consists of community members, patients, and advocates with varied perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences.
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