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InsideTraCS — with Marie Rape

Marie Rape, RN, BSN is Associate Director of the NC TraCS Regulatory Service, a post she has held since the CTSA grant was established at UNC in 2008. She plays a prominent role in several CTSA national collaborations, including the CTSA Collaborative Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) Workgroup, the CD2H Workgroup on electronic consent, the QA/QC CTSA Workgroup, and the Methods and Process Domain Task Force Workgroup on EHR-based Recruitment.

We recently spoke with Rape about her transition from emergency room nurse to Associate Director of Regulatory and how academic researchers benefit from her team's expertise.


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NC TraCS scholar empowers communities to celebrate their role in environmental justice movement

Community members, university officials, activists, and clergy gathered recently to mark the 40th anniversary of the protests that launched the environmental justice movement. The nonviolent Warren County protests fought against the state's disposal of soil contaminated with PCBs in the predominantly Black community.

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Applications due October 11 for TraCS new CTS funding opportunity

The new CTS Pilot Program will support investigation focused on developing, demonstrating, and disseminating scientific and operational innovations that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of clinical translation from identification to first-in-human studies to medical practice implementation to community health dissemination.

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TraCS provides support for diabetes drug study

The national GRADE study, with leadership from John Buse, MD, PhD, and Sue Kirkman, MD, found that two of four common type 2 diabetes treatments — glargine and liraglutide — worked better than the other drugs, sitagliptin and glimepiride, to maintain blood glucose levels.

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Lab creates wireless, wearable sensor for deep-tissue monitoring

Wubin Bai (Assistant Professor, Applied Physical Sciences) was awarded a $5-50K Translational Research Matched Pilot Grant for his project, Non-invasive optoelectronic systems for diabetes health monitoring at the skin interface which utilizes the technology discussed in this article from The Well.


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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

Community and Patient Advisory Board members

Community and Patient Advisory Board

The new 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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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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