Charles Cairns, MD, Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at UNC, has been named the Principal Investigator of the National Collaborative for Bio-Preparedness (NCB-Prepared) funded by the US Department of Homeland Security. NCB-Prepared is a public-private partnership of UNC-CH, NC State University (NCSU), and SAS Institute. The NCB-Prepared effort includes collaboration with the North Carolina Division of Public Health and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, as well as others from the public and private sectors. The overall goals of NCB-Prepared are to enhance public health by augmenting bio-surveillance, improving situational awareness, better informing decision makers, and providing insight into the quality of care and management systems.
Dr. Cairns has also been named the Principal Investigator of the Regionalization of Emergency Care Services (RECS) Environmental Scan and Framework Report by the National Quality Forum. Dr. Jeff Williams, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, serves as the RECS Co-PI. Dr. Greg Mears is also a project co-investigator.