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Richard Boucher
Richard Boucher, MD

Principal investigators James Hagood, MD, professor of pediatrics and Richard Boucher, MD, the James C. Moeser Eminent Professor of Medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine will lead a multinational, $3.5-million project funded through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to map crucial cellular roles in human health and disease.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $33 million in grants to support collaborative groups of researchers and pediatricians to better understand, prevent, and treat childhood diseases. These 17 groups of researchers represent 15 countries and will contribute healthy pediatric single-cell reference data to the global Human Cell Atlas – a kind of Google Earth view of human cell architecture.

The six UNC-Chapel Hill, researchers leading a $3.5-million CZI project titled, “Mapping the Pediatric Inhalation Interface: Nose, Mouth, and Airways” seek to better understand how cells lining the nose, mouth and airways – as well as their associated fluids such as mucus – interact to maintain respiratory health or play roles in diseases throughout childhood.

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