NC TraCS Award Announcements

In June 2021, NC TraCS received 32 pilot grant applications for 3 programs:

  • $5K - $50K Pilot Grants
  • FastTraCS
  • Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research (ECBR) – Health Equity – partnered with SOM Office of Research

Seven $5-50K and two ECBR Health Equity applications were recommended for funding:

$5-50K Translational Research Matched Pilot Program

  • Andrea Azcarate-Peril, PhD (Associate Professor, Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology)
    Project Title: Safety, Tolerability, and Biosignature of Humanized Prebiotics in Healthy Adults
    Planned TraCS services to be utilized: Core Laboratory Facilities and Translational Technologies
  • Wubin Bai, PhD (Assistant Professor, Applied Physical Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences)
    Project Title: Non-invasive optoelectronic systems for diabetes health monitoring at the skin interface
    Planned TraCS services to be utilized: Biostatistics ; Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) ; Core Laboratory Facilities and Translational Technologies ; FastTraCS (Commercialization); Regulatory – IND & IDE Support; Trial Innovation Unit
  • Genevieve Clutton, PhD (Research Associate, Microbiology & Immunology);
    Project Title: Evaluating the role of the CD8/GLUT1 axis in dysfunctional anti-viral immunity in obesity
    Planned TraCS services to be utilized: Biostatistics ; Grant Proposal Development ; Mock grant reviews
  • Brian Diekman PhD (Asst Professor, Biomedical Engineering) and Doug Phanstiel PhD (Assistant Professor, Cell Biology & Physiology)
    Project Title: Genomics and genome editing to establish new drug targets for osteoarthritis
    Planned TraCS services to be utilized: Biostatistics ; Grant Proposal Development ; Mock grant reviews
  • Julie Marchesan, DDS, PhD (Assistant Professor, Comprehensive Oral Health) and Karen Swanson, PhD (Assistant Professor, Medicine, Infectious Diseases)
    Project Title: Sex-specific differences in inflammasome modulation of periodontitis
  • Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD (Asst Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine & Center for Aging and Health, Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy, Schools of Medicine and Eshelman School of Pharmacy) and Jennifer Lund, PhD (Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health )
    Project Title: Validating Claims-based Definitions for Deprescribing Using Electronic Health Records: Bridging the Gap Between Clinical and Administrative Data Sources
    Planned TraCS services to be utilized: None Community Engagement / Dissemination ; Comparative Effectiveness Research; Healthcare databases; Research Coordination & Management Unit (RCMU)
  • Sarah Rutstein, MD, PhD (Clinical Fellow, Medicine, infectious Diseases)
    Project Title: Does it move the needle? Characterizing long-acting injectable antiretroviral therapy eligibility, uptake, and integration at UNC
    Planned TraCS services to be utilized: Biomedical Informatics – Carolina Data Warehouse-Health; Clinical data resources; Community Engagement / Dissemination; Grant Proposal Development

Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research – Health Equity

  • Joseph Piven, MD (Thomas E. Castelloe Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Psychology, Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities and Dept of Psychiatry, School of Medicine)
    Project Title: Identifying barriers to participation in prospective autism infant sibling research for Black families: a qualitative and quantitative approach
    Planned TraCS services to be utilized: Community Engagement / Dissemination
  • Evan Raff, MD (Assistant Professor, Medicine) and Lauren Raff, MD (Assistant Professor, Surgery, School of Medicine)
    Project Title: Reducing Health Inequities in the Rapid Response System for Hospitalized Patients that Self-identify their Primary Language as Spanish
    Planned TraCS services to be utilized: Biomedical Informatics – Carolina Data Warehouse-Health ; Biostatistics

View a complete list of Pilot awardees at tracs.unc.edu/pilot.

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