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Initiative focuses on reducing administrative barriers to community-engaged research

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Importance of community-engaged research

As we work to improve population health outcomes, there is an increased emphasis on actively and meaningfully engaging with community partners in research. The collaborative partnerships that form the foundation of this type of research are critical to the success of our efforts to improve health outcomes.

There's the research and then there's research grant administration & management

Successful research partnerships encompass more than just the research itself. There are a host of administrative and fiduciary responsibilities involved in the management of federal grants that fund a substantial portion of health-related research in the United States. Academic researchers have access to significant resources when dealing with these responsibilities (such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Office of Sponsored Research), but community partners frequently do not have comparable infrastructure designed to support these research endeavors.

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Our cancer centers need Congress to pass robust NIH budget

By Drs. Michael B. Kastan, Norman E. Sharpless and Boris Pasche

When members of Congress return to Washington at the end of this month, we are hopeful they will recognize there is a mutual and national benefit to working together to pass an omnibus package for Fiscal Year 2017 that includes robust investments in the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute.

We are quite fortunate in North Carolina to have three NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers, a distinction achieved by conducting basic, clinical and population-scale cancer research. As the directors of those centers, we know firsthand that strong and sustained investments in the NIH and NCI drive the meaningful progress in cancer research and discovery that enables our caregivers to provide better and more effective cancer care.

Our three cancer centers have a history of making groundbreaking discoveries that improve our ability to prevent, diagnose and more effectively treat cancer. . . Read more at The Heard Sun.

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