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CTSA partner NC State offers new scheduling system for mass spectrometry instrumentation

Researchers can now access mass spectrometry instruments via METRIC.
Researchers can now access mass spectrometry instruments via METRIC.

METRIC Provides Access to Instrumentation

Researchers can now schedule access to mass spectrometry instrumentation through an online system offered by METRIC, the university's new Molecular Education, Technology, and Research Innovation Center. Nuclear magnetic resonance and X-ray crystallography instruments will be fully integrated into the system this summer.

It's no surprise that 99.9 percent of scientific papers require some form of measurement for data collection. However, it's expensive to buy, maintain and update scientific instruments, especially for individual departments or research faculty.

METRIC aims to alleviate this economic burden by making state-of-the-art, scientific infrastructure and instrumentation such as mass spectrometry, magnetic resonance and X-ray crystallography available to all departments and faculty.

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TraCS Director and members among researchers selected for UNC Creativity Hubs Inaugural Awards

Carolina Research Teams Span Disciplines to Fight Obesity, Advance Water Purification

UNC’s new Creativity Hubs initiative, a component of the Carolina Blueprint for Next strategic framework, has announced awards to campus research teams pursuing solutions to two of the world’s most pressing issues: the obesity epidemic and the global clean water shortage. The Creativity Hubs initiative was developed by Vice Chancellor for Research Terry Magnuson as a platform on which to assemble teams of researchers from diverse disciplines to tackle major societal challenges and leverage additional support from external sponsors.

“While Carolina has long prided itself on its culture of low stone walls, we must be aggressive in capitalizing on our unique strengths and positioning our faculty to tackle major scientific challenges,” Magnuson said. “The two project teams that have been selected for these initial awards embody the bold approach that I envision of Creativity Hubs award winners.”

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CTSA Program hubs collaborate to help researchers navigate complex regulatory environment

Three North Carolina Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program hubs have collaborated to create a platform for sharing regulatory expertise and best practices. The Regulatory Guidance for Academic Research of Drugs and Devices (ReGARDD) Program provides researchers with regulatory guidance, education, and consultative support, to ultimately help them move promising products and novel discoveries to clinical trials.

ReGARDD team members
ReGARDD team members

ReGARDD, which is coordinated by the hubs at Duke University, the Wake Forest School of Medicine, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) with partner RTI International, officially launched in 2015 and has been developing since. The program builds upon the existing services and knowledge of the North Carolina CTSA Program Regulatory Groups and the Research Triangle Park (RTP).

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UNC-Chapel Hill and partners awarded $58.1 million to accelerate research discoveries

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded $58.1 million from the National Institutes of Health to renew its five-year Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program to help improve the health of North Carolinians.

With the new award, the UNC-Chapel Hill-led CTSA will broaden its reach across the state by continuing its alliance with RTI International and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and adding a formal partnership with North Carolina State University.

The partners will leverage their institutional strengths in cutting-edge research, education, and health care to bring biomedical innovations to bear on the greatest health needs of North Carolina.

"This major award is good news for the health of all North Carolinians," said UNC-Chapel Hill Vice Chancellor for Research Terry Magnuson, PhD. "It supports a critical pipeline that takes the latest scientific discoveries in our university labs and moves them into practice, leading to new treatments and new drugs that improve and save lives."

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