The Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (GPAM) has a strong tradition of research and scholarship. Many members of the division hold Master of Public Health degrees, have fellowship training through National Research Service Awards or Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and hold important roles within the institution, state and nation that contribute to the research and scholarly mission of the division.

Particular areas of research excellence include:

  • Prevention and treatment of childhood obesity;
  • Injury prevention (firearms, violence, child maltreatment);
  • Alcohol and other substance use prevention; and
  • Adolescence (vaccination and STD prevention, chronic illness and violence/suicide prevention).

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The division holds important research collaborations with other departments within the School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina, including:

    The division also has collaborative relationships with university affiliated research centers and institutes, including:

    Awards and Accolades

    The Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine receives regular acclaim for its research work. In addition to frequent contributions to the peer-reviewed literature, we direct and participate in a number of national grants, programs and conferences. Some of these awards are listed below.

    NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award

    The division is a recipient of an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Professor Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD is the Associate Director for Community Engagement as part of the Child Health Core for the CTSA. Associate Professor Eliana Perrin, MD and Asheley Skinner, PhD are co-investigators on the CTSA.

    Conferences and Grants

    Division members have been awarded prestigious research grants and are active participants and mentors to those who participate in several distinguished conferences. A list of some of the associated conferences and grants is offered below.

    Current research within the division includes the Scientific Collaboration of Obesity and Overweight Prevention and Treatment (SCOOPT), an obesity research lab. The research is directed by Eliana Perrin, MD.

    The findings from this collaborative have produced numerous presentations at national meetings, publications and grants.

    In this and other forums, members of the division contribute to the research educational efforts of a variety of trainees, including:

    • Undergraduate students on their honors theses;
    • Medical students through the supervision of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases short term research training grant and research electives;
    • Residents on Evening of Scholarship endeavors, quality improvement work, Academic Pediatrics Association regional and national presentations and publications;
    • PhD /DrPH dissertations; and
    • Postdoctoral fellows through the National Research Service Award program.

    Jake Lohr, MD is developing a Clinical Trials program within the division. We currently have approximately 10 clinical trials in enrolling or in development.

    Highlights from Other Faculty with Research Funding

    Tamera Coyne-Beasley, MD, MPH is a specialist in adolescent medicine and has funded projects focused on adolescent immunizations in addition to a history of multiple projects on injury prevention.

    Asheley Skinner, PhD has research examining obesity treatment and prevention, injury prevention, medication lock-out programs, and child neglect and maltreatment. Asheley also teaches courses on Intoduction to Research Methods and also Literature Reviews in the School of Public Health.

    Michael Steiner, MD, MPH is part funded projects on obesity treatment and prevention, and also has research examining healthcare delivery for children with medical complexity and prevention of unnecessary hospital readmission.

    Kori Flower, MD, MS, MPH is working on obesity prevention and treatment research.

    Adam Zolotor, MD, PhD has multiple funded projects examining systems of care for child maltreatment and child abuse prevention.