UNC School of Medicine is actively engaged in Zika research

The UNC School of Medicine is actively engaged in many aspects of research and news on the Zika virus.  Activities include:

  • The new Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research (ECBR) pilot funds awarded by the SOM focused this year on 3 projects involving the Zika virus.  Read more about the investigators and the projects - Vital Signs news story, OoR information
  • Dr. Aravinda de Silva, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology led an expert panel on Zika research.  The panel discussion at RTI International delved into the issues surrounding the virus, including the lack of diagnostic tools.  Read more
  • A UNC SOM team led by Dr. Helen Lazear, Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, has established a mouse model for testing vaccines and therapeutics to battle the Zika virus.  Read more
  • With funding from the Wellcome Trust an interdisciplinary team of scholars led by Dr. Anne Lyerly, Associate Director of the UNC Center for Bioethics, will focus on issues of ethics and research in pregnancy and women of reproductive age, beginning with the current Zika context and later expanding to general public health research.  Read more
Blossom Damania named UNC School of Medicine's Vice Dean for Research

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Blossom Damania, PhD, has been named the vice dean for research at the UNC School of Medicine. She will assume the new role effective July 1. Terry Magnuson, PhD, who has held the position since 2010, has been named the vice chancellor for research at UNC-Chapel Hill. Damania, the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, has served as assistant dean for research since 2014.  Read more

Welcome to the Office of Research

The Office of Research (OoR) seeks to support research at the School of Medicine.  This includes the infrastructure, communication and development necessary for a strong and growing research enterprise.  Collaboration is one of the great strengths of UNC-Chapel Hill's research enterprise and the SOM investigators, who have numerous projects and programs with investigators across campus.  Thus the OoR works closely with many different units and offices throughout the institution.  The Office is led by the SOM Vice Dean for Research, Dr. Blossom Damania.  For further information about the OoR team, please see People.  For information on the multiple committees with which the OoR interfaces, please see Communication, under About.  For the responsibilities and activities with which the OoR is engaged, please see Research. 

As part of the School of Medicine Strategic Plan, the OoR has partnered with TraCS to support  translational pilot projects engaging new translational research teams across the SOM.  The multi-phase Translational Team Science Awards (TTSA) were initiated in 2013 and have supported a diverse group of basic science and clinical teams.  Please go to the Research Funding section for more information on the TTSA grant process and TTSA research teams.  The next call for concepts will be in Fall 2016.  

In the Spring of 2016 the School initiated the Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research (ECBR) as a new pilot project mechanism.  The intent of the new awards is to provide support for innovative, early stage research relevant to NIH priorities.  The supported projects are expected to lead to submission of novel interdisciplinary program project grants and multiple PI R01s by UNC SOM investigators.  The Spring 2016 challenge is to capture braod interdisciplinary expertise of SOM faculty relevant ot emergent insect-borne diseases.  It is anticipated that future funding challenges will be aligned with high profile research objectives such as concept clearances from NIH institutes and the Common Fund.  Awards will provide up to $60K for a 1 year period.  For further information and the Spring 2016 recipients go to the Research Funding section.