University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill http://www.unc.edu

The environment at UNC-Chapel Hill provides a rich resource that encourages and supports programs like the Liver Program. In addition, the close proximity of the Schools of Allied Health (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health) provides the opportunity for close collaboration and multidisciplinary research efforts.

UNC is currently has $264.3 million in NIH funding which places us in thirteenth place among research institutions. This number has grown steadily over the last 10 years. There is also a strong training mission as the university now ranks seventh in federal support for fellowships, traineeships, and training grants.

When evaluating level of private support, faculty, advanced training and research, UNC-Chapel Hill was ranked fifth among public universities in a report titled “The Top American Research Universities” completed in 2002. UNC investigators have also been successful in licensing and patenting, ranking 12th among research universities based on a review for 2002.

School of Medicine http://www.med.unc.edu

The School of Medicine is comprised of 27 departments and 31 centers. The Liver Program is placed within the Department of Medicine which offers many resources for clinical needs, faculty development and research infrastructure. In the year 2001, faculty brought in $54.5 million of NIH funding and this ranks the UNC Department of Medicine 11th out of 111 departments of medicine nationwide.

The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS Institute) http://tracs.unc.edu

May 2008, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill joined a select group of nationally recognized universities in receiving a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). The CTSA program is a consortium of 55 academic medical research institutions funded through and led by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Our mission is to transform all activities relating to clinical and translational research by creating new programs and pathways that make it easier for research to be performed at UNC and throughout the state of North Carolina. Our overarching goals are:

  • Enabling teams of interdisciplinary researchers to create, innovate, and translate discoveries into advancements in the health of both individual patients (T1) and populations (T2);
  • Developing innovative programs for education, training, and career development;
  • Participating in targeted faculty recruitment;
  • Providing $4.3 million per year in pilot project funding with a particular focus on building new interdisciplinary research teams, supporting the efforts of junior faculty members, and spreading new technologies to the community through outreach and commercialization; while,
  • Collaborating and increasing partnership activities across the state.