NC TraCS Award Announcements

The NC TraCS Institute is pleased to announce awardees for 2 programs, January and February 2022 cycles:

  • TraCS $2K pilot grants
  • TraCS $2K Stakeholder Engagement vouchers

Awardees include investigators from the School of Medicine, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Carolina Health Informatics Program, Nutrition, and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

TraCS $2K Pilot Grant Program

January 2022

  • Kaitlin Cummings, Psychology & Neuroscience
    Project Title: Relationships between Excitatory/Inhibitory Balance in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex, Neuroinflammation, and Reward Circuitry Functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Genga Bey, Gillings School of Global Public Health
    Project Title: Validation of the novel Identity Vitality Pathology Scale among Black and White adults
  • Laura Peng, Pharmacology, School of Medicine
    Jen-Jen Yeh, Pharmacology, School of Medicine
    Project Title: Investigate the intercellular dynamics of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma by spatial transcriptomics

February 2022

  • Ilana Berman, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
    Helyne Frederick, School of Education
    Project Title: Understanding participant perspectives on neuroscience and adversity research: Informing CBPR efforts to reduce risk and increase benefits of research participation for marginalized communities
  • Franklin Blum, Hidradenitis Suppurative Research Fellow/MS4
    Christopher Sayed, Dermatology
    Project Title: Comparison of Wet-to-dry vs. Petrolatum and Non-stick Dressings for Second Intention Healing Following Hidradenitis Suppurativa Surgery: A Randomized Clinical Trial
  • Joseph Burclaff, Center for Gastrointestinal Biology & Disease (CGIBD)
    Project Title: Optimizing techniques for sorting and analyzing live human Paneth cells
  • Charlotte Boettiger, Psychology & Neuroscience
    Project Title: Frontolimbic circuit mediation of mindfulness training effects on behavioral flexibility in emerging adults
  • Ilona Fridman, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Project Title: Empowering patients to recognize online health misinformation related to prostate cancer
  • Anthony Mazzella, Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellow
    Anil Gehi, Medicine-Cardiology
    Project Title: Anticoagulation, Left Atrial Appendage Closure, and Stroke in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter
  • Lauren McKibben, Anesthesiology
    Project Title: Using an animal model of early life adversity to explore FKBP5 mechanisms of chronic pain susceptibility
  • Arianne Morrison, Infectious Diseases
    Project Title: A Descriptive Analysis of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Uptake at UNC Health
  • Daniel Richardson, Division of Hematology & Oncology
    Lucasz Mazur, Carolina Health Informatics Program and Department of Radiation Oncology
    Project Title: Identifying challenges and stressors related to "lumen hub-needleless clave" seizures when accessing central venous catheters (CVCs) for treatment infusions: a pilot study
  • Jenni Shafer, Program on Integrative Medicine, School of Medicine
    Project Title: Informing a mindfulness-based intervention to promote information uptake in caregivers for people with aphasia
  • Erica Sparkenbaugh, Division of Hematology & Oncology
    Project Title: Evaluation of Pre-thrombotic Markers in Female Patients with Sickle Cell Disease on Hormonal Contraception
  • Benjamin Succup, School of Medicine
    Brian Sindelar, Neurosurgery
    Project Title: Internal Jugular Vein Compression Collar for Novel Symptomatic Treatment of Venous Pulsatile Tinnitus
  • Joshua Weinstein, Gillings School of Global Public Health
    Project Title: Evaluating North Carolina Medicaid Policies that Affect Access to and Utilization of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Technology

TraCS $2K Stakeholder Engagement Voucher Program

February 2022

  • Orla Putnam, Division of Allied Health Sciences
    Clare Harrop, Allied Health Sciences
    Project Title: Gendered Experiences in Autism Research: Analysis with Stakeholders
  • Anna Kahkoska, Nutrition
    Laura Young, Endocrinology & Metabolism
    Project Title: Exploring Needs and Approaches for Optimized Diabetes Education in Older Adults with Type 1 Diabetes: Stakeholder-Engaged Proposal Development
  • Laura Milko, PhD, Assistant Professor, Genetics
    Project Title: Engaging parents as partners in community engagement about genomic screening research

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