NC TraCS Award Announcements

The NC TraCS Institute is pleased to announce awardees for 2 programs, December 2021 cycle:

  • $5-50K Translational Matched Research Awards
  • Translational Team Science Awards

Awardees include investigators from the School of Medicine, Adams School of Dentistry, Psychiatry, Duke, NC State, and N.C. A&T.

$5-50K Translational Research Matched Pilot Program

  • Arvind Chandrasekaran, N.C. A&T State University
    David Hill, Physics and Astronomy, UNC-Chapel Hill
    Project Title: Identifying Targetable Mechanobiological Regulations of DNA and non-DNA Components in Mucoadhesion and Clearance of Neutrophil Extracellular Traps (NETs) in Mucus
  • David Friedlander, School of Medicine
    Project Title: Novel claims-based approach to defining episodes of care for acute urinary retention as a means to minimize low-value services
  • Anne Jacox, Adams School of Dentistry
    Project Title: Evaluating the Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) on Anxiety in Pediatric Dental Patients
  • Margo Nathan, Psychiatry
    Erin Carey, School of Medicine
    Project Title: Characterizing Depression Risk and Estradiol Dynamics in Black Women Undergoing Hysterectomy with Ovarian Preservation: A Pilot Study
  • Rishma Shah, Adams School of Dentistry
    Project Title: Application of Ultrasound for Craniofacial Skeletal Muscle Regeneration
  • Rebecca Traub, Neurology
    Xiaoyan Li, Neurology, Duke University
    Project Title: Predictive modeling of disease-modifying immunophenotypes in ALS patients
  • Hong Yuan, Radiology
    Thomas Theis, Chemistry, NC State University
    Project Title: Towards Broadly Available Molecular Imaging with Parahydrogen Hyperpolarized MRI: A proof-of-concept study mapping reprogramed tumor metabolism in glioblastoma

Translational Team Science Award (TTSA)

  • Johanna Smeekens, Pediatrics
    Scott Commins, School of Medicine
    Project Title: Early-life Th2-skewing as a risk factor for allergic sensitizations
  • Silvia Kreda, Medicine & Biochemistry
    Margaret Leigh, Pediatrics
    Lawrence Ostrowski, Pediatrics
    Project Title: Oligonucleotide-Based Therapy and Precision Medicine Platform for Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
  • Brandi Reeves, Medicine/Hematology
    Rafal Pawlinski, Medicine/Hematology
    Project Title: Hypoxia Inducible Factors alpha in Myeloproliferative Neoplasm-Associated Thrombosis

View a complete list of Pilot awardees at

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