Oct. 22--CHAPEL HILL -- N.C. A&T will help UNC-Chapel Hill as it accelerates the pace of research at a biomedical research center.
UNC-CH announced today that it got a five-year, $54.6 million federal grant for the university's N.C. Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute.
Its partnership with A&T will give UNC-CH researchers access to the laboratories at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro. A&T faculty will get a chance to work with UNC-CH researchers, and they'll get money to help bring lab discoveries to patients faster.
"Together, we will develop a robust pipeline of minority clinical and translational research scientists in a manner that can be a model for the nation," Barry L. Burks, N.C. A&T's vice chancellor for research and economic development, said in a statement put out by UNC-CH.
UNC-CH said the institute also will work with RTI International, an independent, nonprofit research and development organization based in Research Triangle Park.
Started in 2008, the N.C. Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute helps turns scientific discoveries into changes in medical and public health practice in areas that include obesity, mental health and substance abuse and chronic diseases. One recent project found a link between a gene variant and the recurrence of breast cancer that led to the adjustment of chemotherapy doses for 500 women across the state.
The federal grant is a Clinical and Translational Science Award given by the National Institutes of Health.
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