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UNC SOM Researchers Named Creativity Hubs Award Leaders, Team Members
The UNC-Chapel Hill Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research announced the 2019 Creativity Hubs Awards to accelerate solutions to societal challenges. These are two-year grants for up to $500,000.
What if data on the devastating impacts of extreme storms and floods could inform and predict future problems for people who live along a coast? What if scientists could develop a therapy capable of suppressing a wide variety of viral infections, saving lives and billions of dollars in direct medical and economic costs? What if powerful chemical and genetic tools are combined to alter how genes are modified to treat human disease? And what if artificial intelligence could help identify the best way to harness solar fuels?
These are the questions being explored by the winning teams of this year's Creativity Hubs awards. Managed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) in support of Carolina's Blueprint for Next Strategic Framework, the Creativity Hubs award program encourages and supports diverse, interdisciplinary teams that pursue answers to complex societal problems.
Researchers from Carolina and NC State conducted a feasibility study of automatic external defibrillator (AED) delivery via drone to test whether drones could deliver the life-saving devices faster than bystanders could locate one from a nearby building.
The study was funded by a North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute / North Carolina State University Collaborative Translational Research pilot grant award.
The pilot grant brought together Wayne Rosamond, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; Jessica Zègre-Hemsey, PhD, RN, an NC TraCS KL2 scholar and assistant professor at the UNC School of Nursing; and Evan Arnold from the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State.
Researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill and RTI International have published one of the first studies examining reproductive and sexual health services available to women with an opioid use disorder in North Carolina opioid treatment programs.
Hendrée Jones, PhD, professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UNC School of Medicine and Executive Director of the UNC Horizons Program, and Jennifer Lorvick, DrPH, Senior Public Health Scientist at RTI, were awarded a TraCS $5K-$50K Translational Research Matched Pilot Grant to conduct a needs-assessment survey of reproductive and sexual health services available to women as part of opioid treatment programs in the state.
Stacey Klaman, PhD, is the lead author of the study and worked with Jones and Lorvick on the TraCS Pilot award.