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The Department of Medicine conducts impactful basic, translational, and clinical research across 11 affiliated research centers, and ranks 14 in NIH funding with investigators receiving $109 million annually for research in areas as varied as cancer immunogenetics, the microbiome, HIV, diabetes therapies, and clotting disorders. This is an archive of grant awards received by faculty in the UNC Department of Medicine.


Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the Department of Medicine, September 1 – September 31, 2021.

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Division of Geriatric Medicine

  • Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, received an NC TraCS pilot grant award.
  • UNC’s Center for Aging and Health received a two-year Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services grant (with University of Louisville’s Trager Institute) to deliver COVID-19-specific education and training to the nursing home workforce, as well as residents, families, and caregivers. Cristine Henage, EdD, is the principal investigator.
  • The National Institute on Aging has awarded Shakira Grant, MBBS, and the UNC Center for Aging and Health a two-year grant to study the illness and treatment experiences and functional trajectories of older adults with multiple myeloma.

Division of Hematology

  • Jonathan Serody, MD, received an NIH (NHLBI) R01 grant of $3.4M to evaluate epigenetic changes in innate lymphoid cells as a mediator of acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GvHD) after stem cell transplantation.

Division of Hospital Medicine

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • Marcia Hobbs, PhD, and Alex Duncan, MD, PhD, received a five-year, $3.9 million grant to study how a vaccine recently developed to prevent life-threatening infections caused by group B Neisseria meningitidis, the MenB vaccine, may also protect people from infection with Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a sexually transmitted bacterial infection.
  • Sarah Rutstein, MD, PhD, and Karen Swanson, PhD, received NC TraCS pilot grant awards.

Division of Oncology

  • Hyman Muss, MD, received funding from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for “p16INK4a Expression, Chemotherapy Toxicity, and Aging in Women with Breast Cancer.” He is also a sub-recipient PI for “Patterns of Aging and the Role of Biomarkers of Senescence,” sponsored by the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, and “Measuring cellular senescence to predict and prevent peripheral neuropathy.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Carla Ribeiro, PhD, received an NIH grant for “Pre-Clinical Evaluation of IRE1beta As a Novel Therapeutic Target for Cystic Fibrosis Airway Mucus Production.”

Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the Department of Medicine, August 1 – August 31, 2021.

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • UNC HIV Cure Center led by David Margolis, MD, was awarded $26.2 million over the next five years.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Silvia Kreda, PhD, received a phase two NIH Small Business Innovation Research Grant to continue studies for a novel oligonucleotide therapeutic strategy for treating cystic fibrosis.

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology


Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the Department of Medicine, July 1 – July 31, 2021.

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • Ed Browne, PhD, received a $4-million NIH grant to study the effects of cannabis use on the HIV reservoir.
  • The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has awarded Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, a 2021 Clinical Scientist Development Award for his research proposal entitled, “Getting malaria off the back of women and children in western Uganda,” which aims at reducing the incidence of malaria among infants and young children in rural Uganda.

Division of Oncology

  • Marjory Charlot, MD, MPH, was named the 2021 recipient of the Conquer Cancer Advanced Clinical Research Award for Diversity and Inclusion. The honor includes a three-year, $450,000 grant to support Charlot’s study of an app to encourage Black women to participate in breast cancer research.

Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, June 1 – June 30, 2021.

Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

  • Klara Klein, MD, PhD, received a physician-scientist award to cultivate her career as a translational clinician scientist.

Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

  • Resident Corey Ketchem, MD, received the Bondurant-Ehringhaus Award to support research with Evan Dellon, MD, MPH, on eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and other esophageal diseases.

Division of General Medicine

Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

  • Thomas Hostetter, MD, and Lori O’Brien, PhD, received a grant from the Renal Research Institute for “Discovering the Stimulus to Renal Compensatory Growth.”

Division of Oncology

  • Shetal Patel, MD, PhD, received a physician-scientist award to cultivate her career as a translational clinician scientist.
  • Emily Ray, MD, MPH, received a three-year Conquer Cancer Career Development Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology to evaluate and validate the use of a prognostic calculator for 30-day mortality in patients with metastatic breast cancer.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Brad Drummond, MD, MHS,and Ilona Jaspers, PhD, received R01 funding for “The Role of Nasal Mucosal Immunity and Microbiome on the Frequent Exacerbation Phenotype of COPD.”
  • Jason Akulian, MD, MPH, received a grant from Becton Dickinson for “A comprehensive serial evaluation of tumor-immune interaction heterogeneity in malignant pleural disease.”

Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, May 1 – May 31, 2021.

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, PhD, received an NIMHD grant award for “A multidimensional digital approach to address vaccine hesitancy and increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake among African American young adults in the South.”

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Michael Knowles, MD, received a grant award from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for “Whole Genome Sequencing to Define Gene Modifiers in CF.”

Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, April 1 – April 30, 2021.

Division of Geriatric Medicine

  • John Batsis, MD, was awarded $225,000 from the NIH’s National Institute on Aging to develop and test a remote-sensing resistance band exercise system with a team of researchers from Dartmouth.
  • Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, was awarded a 5-year K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award by the NIH’s National Institute on Aging for “Deprescribing Bisphosphonates in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.”

Division of Hematology

Division of Nephrology

  • Amy Mottl, MD, received an NIH R01 award to study the impact of diabetes on patients with glomerular diseases.

Division of Oncology

  • Yara Abdou, MD, received an Innovation Pilot Award for “Investigating Survivin As a New Target to Improve Outcomes of Breast Cancer in Black Women.”

Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, March 1 – March 31, 2021.

Division of Hematology

  • Patrick Ellsworth, MD, received a Research Restart Award from the American Society of Hematology, which helps ensure research continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Nigel Mackman, PhD, received a grant award for “Tissue factor-dependent coagulation in thrombosis and immune responses” from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, received a Carolina Caregivers Research Award.

Division of Oncology

  • Shetal Patel, MD, PhD, received a Career Development Award from the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina.
  • Chad Pecot, MD, received a grant award from the NIH Cancer Institute for “Tumor Endothelial Cell Regulation of Pro-Metastic Fibrin Matrices.”

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

  • Lara Longobardi, PhD, received an NC TraCS grant to explore macrophage carriers for drug delivery in preventing and treating osteoarthritis.

Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, February 1 – February 28, 2021.

Division of Cardiology

  • Matthew Cavender, MD, received a grant from the NHLBI via the UNC Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) for “Team Proposal: Utilization of Machine Learning Techniques to Identify Clinical and Genetic Determinants of Calcific Aortic Valve Disease.”

Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

  • Andrew Moon, MD, MPH, and Louise Henderson, PhD, professor of radiology, were awarded a $150K grant from the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center for a hepatocellular carcinoma screening project. 
  • Edward Barnes, MD, received an NIH NIDDKD K-23 grant award for “Treatment Approaches and Outcomes in Pouch-related Disasters After Colectomy for Ulcerative Colitis.”

Division of Hematology

  • Shakira Grant, MBBS, received the Paul Calabresi Oncology K12 Career Development Award for “Geriatric conditions and the illness experience of adults with multiple myeloma and their care partners.”
  • Grant also received a Jimmy V. Foundation Award with Sascha Tuchman, MD, MHS, and Elizabeth Tita, PhD, for “Enhancing underrepresented minority recruitment to clinical trials in multiple myeloma through augmentation of research personnel and infrastructure.”

Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, January 1 – January 31, 2021.

Division of General Medicine

  • Seth Berkowitz, MD, received a new, five-year R01 grant to broaden clinical studies of medically-tailored meal delivery.

Division of Hematology

  • Erica Sparkenbaugh, MD, was awarded a five-year, $2 million R01 grant from NIH-NHLBI to evaluate whether activation of beneficial PAR1 signaling can attenuate the chronic pro-coagulant state of sickle cell disease.

Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

  • Thomas Hostetter, MD, and Lori O’Brien, PhD, (Cell Biology and Physiology), were awarded a pilot grant from the Renal Research Institute for “Discovering the Stimulus to Renal Compensatory Growth.”

Division of Oncology

  • Shetal Patel, MD, received the “Lung Cancer Initiative of NC” award for “Metabolic reprogramming of the tumor microenvironment, to enhance immunotherapy in lung cancer.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Carla Ribeiro, MD, was awarded a grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for “Evaluation of IRE1beta as a Novel Target for CF Airway Mucus Production.”

 


Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, December 1 – December 31, 2020.

Division of Hematology

  • Nigel Mackman, PhD, FAHA, received an R35 grant from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH to fund the study “Tissue factor-dependent coagulation in thrombosis and immune responses.”

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • Jessica Lin, MD, MSCR, received an NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases R21 grant for “Plasmodium ovale hypnozoite development and relapse: a coordinated in vivo in vitro study.”
  • NIH Awards $25 Million to UNC’s Global HIV Clinical Trials Unit. Leading the work from the division of infectious diseases are three co-principal investigators—Joe Eron, MD, Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH, and David Wohl, MD.
  • NIH funded a study aimed at improving access to COVID-19 testing for underserved NC communities. Michael Herce, MD, MPH, MSc, and David Wohl, MD, are co-principal investigators.
  • Myron Cohen, MD, received a seven-year award from the National Institutes of Health for leadership of the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) in collaboration with FHI 360.The AIDS Clinical Trials Group, co-led by Joe Eron, MD, is also receiving continuing NIAID funding.
  • Lina Rosengren-Hovee, MD, MPH, received a 2020 Gilead Research Scholar Award for a study that will yield insights into the social media ecosystem that affects uptake of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) among Young Black Men who have Sex with Men (YBMSM).

Division of Oncology

  • The American Cancer Society and Pfizer have funded a two-year study, co-led by Katherine Reeder-Hayes, MD, to address racial disparities in breast cancer.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Jason Mock, MD, PhD, received an R01 grant from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to fund “Defining the Role of Regulatory T Cells in Resolution of Acute Lung Injury.”
  • Robert Hagan, MD, PhD, received an NHLBI grant to fund “Functions of TBK1 in Neutrophils During Bacterial Pneumonia.”

 


Congratulations to faculty who secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, November 1 – November 30, 2020.

Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

  • Balfour Sartor, MD, and Shehzad Sheikh, MD, PhD, are co-principal investigators of a $2 million grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust to conduct translational research that will predict recurrence after surgery for Crohn’s disease.

Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

  • Amy Mottl, MD, MPH, is receiving a five-year NIH Multi PI R01 grant award for “The Impact of Diabetes on Patients with Glomerular Disease: CureGN-Diabetes.”

 


Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, October 1 – October 31, 2020.

Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

  • The Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), in partnership with the Center for Health Equity Research at UNC-Chapel Hill and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, has received an $80 million award to serve as the coordinating and data collection center for a four-year program that will overcome barriers and increase uptake of testing among underserved and vulnerable populations across the U.S. Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc, is lead investigator for the UNC School of Medicine, participating in a national effort to build innovative and sustainable solutions to expand test access and uptake in underserved and vulnerable communities.

Division of Oncology

  • Timothy Voorhees, MD, received the 2020 ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation, Young Investigator Award for “Prospective Pilot Study of PD-1 Inhibition Following CD30 Directed Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell Therapy in Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma.” Voorhees also received the 2020 AACR-AstraZeneca Lymphoma Research Fellowship Award for “Pilot Study of Anti PD 1 Therapy Following CD30 Directed CAR T Cell Therapy.”

Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, September 1 – September 30, 2020.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Jennifer Goralski, MD, received an NIH K23 grant to study “Quantitation and Spatial Registration of Airways Dysfunction With Dynamic 19F MRI In Cystic Fibrosis.”

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD, received an NIAID grant in the amount of $621,932 to study “In Vivo Evaluation of HIV Latency Reversal Strategies. NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.”
  • Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, received an NIMH grant in the amount of $286,656 for “Using EMA to developmentally tailor an intervention to support on-demand PrEP among YMSM. NIH National Institute of Mental Health.”

Division of Geriatric Medicine

  • Laura Hanson, MD, MPH, is site leader for a newly awarded $4.1M multi-center grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). With this award, the NIA funds the first major clinical trial of comprehensive dementia-specific palliative care. Other trial sites include: University of Colorado, Indiana University and Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • For the third year in a row, the UNC Center for Aging and Health has received an NIA T-35 grant to fund the MSTAR program (Medical Students Training in Aging Research), in the amount of $526,825. UNC’s MSTAR program has trained 111 medical students in aging research since 2010. Jan Busby-Whitehead, MD, is principal investigator, Philip Sloane, MD, MPH, and Richard Loeser, MD, are co-program directors, and Ellen Roberts, MD, MPH, is associate program director.
  • The Center for Aging and Health is a sub-recipient of the CDC’s “Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for North Carolinians” (BOLD NC) funding, partnering with the NC Division of Aging and Adult Services (grant PI) and NC Division of Public Health to bring a public health, coordinated, systematic approach to our state’s brain health efforts. BOLD NC’s initiatives will also focus on inequity and reaching underserved and minority populations who are disproportionately affected. Ellen Schneider, MBA, will lead UNC-Chapel Hill’s BOLD NC team.

Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, August 1 – August 31, 2020.

Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

  • Laura Young, MD, PhD, and Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, received a PCORI grant to study the impact of COVID-19 on glucose monitoring in diabetes patients.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Silvia Kreda, PhD, was awarded an NIH SBIR Phase II grant to study molecules that enhance delivery of therapeutic oligonucleotides to correct lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis, with Rudolph Juliano, PhD.

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH, was awarded a five-year grant from NIH/NHLBI to enhance blood supply in Malawi and successfully re-competed her NIH D43 training program for Malawians.
  • Jessica Lin, MD, and Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, received an R21 entitled “Development of novel diagnostics for African non-falciparum malaria.”
  • Ed Brown, PhD, was awarded an SBIR Phase II NIH contract for UNC’s HIV Cure Center and Cell Microsystems to further develop single-cell diagnostic assay.

Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, July 1 – July 31, 2020.

Division of Geriatric Medicine

  • Joshua Niznik, PharmD, PhD, was awarded pilot funding from the US Deprescribing Research Network (USDeN) for his proposal entitled “Deprescribing Bisphosphonates in Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.”

Division of Hematology

  • Stephan Moll, MD, received an award from the Anticoagulation Forum for “2020 Clinical Fellowship Award in General Vascular Medicine Focusing on VTE, PAD, and Anticoagulation.”
  • Rafal Pawlinski, MD, received an award from the American Society of Hematology for “The role of APC, thrombin, and PAR-1 in microvascular stasis in sickle cell disease.”

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • The NIH awarded Myron Cohen, MD, and Family Health International $9.2 million for development of COVID prevention studies.
  • Ross Boyce, MD, received a “Creativity Hub Award” to develop and implement evidence-based, cost-effective surveillance and response systems to address vector-born disease, an epidemic affecting the entire state, but particularly those living in rural and underserved communities in NC.

Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

  • Ronald Falk, MD, received an award from the NIH NIDDKD for “Pathobiology of ANCA Glomerulonephritis: Targeting Adaptive and Innate Immune Processes for Precision Therapies.”

Division of Oncology

  • Benjamin Vincent, MD, received an award from the NIH NCI for “Gvl mHA Specific T Cell Responses Prevent AML Relapse Following Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation.”
  • Natalie Grover, MD, received an award from the Lymphoma Research Foundation for “CCR4 in Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma.”

Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

  • M. Patricia Rivera, MD, ATSF, has received a four year, $1.5 million NIH R01 grant to study “Comorbidity and Functional Status in a Population Undergoing Lung Cancer Screening.”
  • Subhashini Sellers, MD, received pilot funding from the UNC Center for Environmental Health Sciences to study the upper respiratory immune response in COVID-19.
  • Allen Cole Burks, MD, received a Tier 1 UCRF grant for “Development of a Miniaturized Multidirectional Ultrasound Ablation Array (MiDUSa) for Endobronchoscopic Lung Nodule Ablation.”

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

  • Beth Jonas, MD, received an award from the Rheumatology Research Foundation for “Fellowship Training for Workforce Expansion.”

Congratulations to faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, June 1 – June 30, 2020.

Division of Cardiology

Division of Hematology

  • Dougald Monroe, PhD, received NIH funding to help guide the development of novel treatments and new therapeutics for bleeding.
  • Nigel Mackman, PhD, and Nigel Key, MB, CHB, were awarded pilot funding from the School of Medicine and NC TraCS to study plasma biomarkers to better understand the coagulopathy associated with COVID-19.

Division of Oncology

  • Nicholas Tschernia, MD, and Timothy J. Voorhees, MD, are grant recipients in the new class of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology


Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, May 1-May 31, 2020.

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

  • Amanda Nelson, PhD, received a $1.7M, 5-Year NIH Grant to demonstrate the utility of ultrasound osteoarthritis (OA) assessment and standardize scoring, utilizing data from a population-based community cohort. Learn more.

Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, March 31-April 24, 2020.

Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism

  • John Buse, MD, PhD, is UNC site principal investigator for a $5.7 million diabetes research collaboration with Duke, Wake Forest, and NC A&T, funded through the National Institutes of Health.
  • Janet Rubin, MD, received a $2.4 million grant from the NIH NIAMSD to study the role of force regulated nuclear structure in expression of osteogeneis.

Division of Hematology and Oncology

  • Dougald Monroe, PhD, is an investigator for a newly-awarded R01 grant to create better mathematical models that can guide the development of new therapeutics for bleeding.
  • Jane Little, MD, received an Innovation Pilot Award for “OneSCD UNC: Improving Care for People with Sickle Cell Disease in North Carolina.”

Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, February 15, 2020-March 31, 2020.

Division of Hematology and Oncology

  • Nigel Key, MD, ChB, CRCP, received a $180,000 grant for the “Evaluating the Mechanism of Emicizumab-related Thrombotic Microangiopathy.”
  • Tracy L. Rose, MD MPH, received an NCI K08 grant for the project “Selective histone deacetylase inhibition with entinostat to enhance the anti-tumor immune response to immune checkpoint inhibition in urothelial cancer.”

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, received a 2019 Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research Award, with PI Corbin Jones, PhD, and Dan Schrider, PhD. Learn more.

Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

  • Jenny Flythe, MD, MPH, received an award for $116,625 from the NIH National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), to conduct a pilot feasibility study of loop diuretics among individuals receiving hemodialysis. Learn more.
  • Flythe also received an R01 award for “QT prolonging medications and sudden cardiac death among individuals on Hemodialysis.”

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

  • Saira Sheikh, MD, and Nigel Key, MD, ChB, CRCP, with local biotech company EpiCypher, have received a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases grant to develop and commercialize a novel blood-based assay that can be used to study and diagnose a range of diseases, from rheumatoid arthritis and lupus to cancer-associated venous thromboembolism.The total award to EpiCypher® is $3m over three years, with just under a $1m sub-award to UNC. More here.

Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, January 15, 2020-February 14, 2020.

Division of Hematology and Oncology

  • Kirsten Nyrop, PhD, has received a one-year, $50,000 award to study interventions for racial disparities in breast cancer survival from the Integrated Approach to Breast Health Equity Competitive Grant Program, a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and Pfizer. Read more.
  • The Anticoagulation Forum’s Ansell Fellowship Program has awarded the UNC School of Medicine with a grant that will fund one year of fellowship training in vascular medicine. Stephan Moll, MD, professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology, is principal investigator.

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

  • Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD, was granted the three-year Faculty Development Award by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI). The focus of her research will be: “Glycolipids and Invariant Natural Killer T Cells in Alpha-gal Syndrome.” Read more.

Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, December 15, 2019-January 15, 2020.

Division of Hematology and Oncology

  • Erica Sparkenbaugh, PhD, and Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics fellow Robert Lee, PhD, have been selected to receive Scholar Awards from the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH). Sparkenbaugh received a $125,000 award to support her research into the mechanisms of thrombin generation and end-organ failure in sickle cell disease. Read more.

Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

  • Silvia M Kreda, PhD, won the NC Biotech Translational Research Grant with UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy’s Anthony Hickey, PhD. The project, “Nucleic Acid Aerosol Delivery by a Novel Evaporation-Condensation Method from a Coated Filament,” was awarded $100K.

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

  • Amanda Nelson, MD, MSCR, RhMSUS, received a $365K, two-year grant from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases to study advanced methodologies of osteoarthritis phenotyping. Read more.

Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, November 15-December 15, 2019.

Division of Hematology and Oncology

  • Catherine Coombs, MD, received the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, which awarded $225,000 across three years to study whether genetic mutations that accumulate in the blood over time are linked to worse outcomes for prostate cancer. Read more.
  • Natalie Grover, MD, was awarded a three-year Lymphoma Research Foundation Career Development Award, for “CD30-Directed CAR-T Cells Co-Expressing CCR4 in Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma.”

  • Kirsten A. Nyrop, PhD, (PI) and co-Investigators Marjory Charlot, MD, MPH, MSc, and Hyman B. Muss, MD, won a $50,000 one-year grant from Pfizer/American Cancer Society Quality Improvement Grant for a clinic-based “Patient-Centered Communication  about Healthy Weight” (PCC-HW) in a Diverse Sample of Women with Early Breast Cancer.
  • Matthew Painschab, MD, received an NIH K Career Development award in September 2019 to lead research dedicated to improving treatment for multicentric Castleman disease in Malawi. Read more.

Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine

  • Eduardo Lazarowski, PhD, received a $135,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for “Ecto-ATPase inhibitors restore airway mucus hydration in CF.” 

Congratulations to our faculty and fellows who have secured new grants in the Department of Medicine, October 15-November 15, 2019.

Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

  • Carla M. P. Ribeiro, PhD, was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to study novel targets for CF airway mucus production.

Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Division of Nephrology and Hypertension

  • Kiri Bagley, MD, MPH, received a Carolina for the Kids Foundation grant for a quality improvement project that will provide disaster ready education and prevention resources for pediatric dialysis patients.

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology

  • Kelli Allen, PhD will lead the study, “Precision Medicine to Inform Rehabilitation and Exercise Therapies for Knee Osteoarthritis,” a pilot grant awarded to generate evidence of precision medicine approach. Learn more.

Congratulations to our faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, September 1-October 15, 2019.

Division of Geriatric Medicine

  • Laura Hanson, MD, MPH, will lead NIA’s new IMPACT Collaboratory’s Patient and Caregiver Reported Outcomes (PCRO) Core, funded by a five-year, $1.4 million grant. Learn more.

Division of Hematology/Oncology

  • Lisa Carey, MD, will receive $400,000 from Susan G. Komen to study how HER2+ tumors respond to HER2-targeted therapies. She is one of three UNC School of Medicine researchers to receive funding which include Charles Perou, PhD, and Hector Franco, PhD. Learn more.

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • UNC’s Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID) has been awarded a 5-year contract to house the North Carolina HIV Training & Education Center (NCHTEC) through 2024. The team includes Christopher Hurt, MD, Cassandra Durham, MA/MS, and Ben Clack. Learn more.
  • The IGHID has been awarded a three-year, $3M grant to launch a large epidemiological study led by David Margolis, MD of Lassa fever in Liberia by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

Division of Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine

  • Jennifer Goralski, MD received a Clinical Research Scholars Program grant through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Development Network. Learn more.
  • Carla Maria Pedrosa Ribeiro, PhD, was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to study “IRE1beta Domains: Novel Targets for CF Airway Mucus Production.”

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology


Congratulations to our faculty who have secured new grants in the UNC Department of Medicine, July 1 – September 1, 2019.

Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Division of Geriatric Medicine

  • The UNC Center for Aging and Health has received a five-year, $3.75 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to provide geriatrics training throughout North Carolina. Read more.

Division of Hospital Medicine

  • Michael Craig, MD, MPH, SFHM has a UNC IHQI grant for “Reducing Low-Value Care Through Syncope Standardization.”
  • Rick Hobbs, MD won the 2019 Felix C Harvey Award for $75K and the 2019 Kickstart Venture Services Award for $50K for the development of an augmented reality game to mobilize hospitalized children and eventually adults. Learn more.

Division of Infectious Diseases

  • Fellow Emily Ciccone, MD, MHS, was awarded $26.8K  from the Thrasher Research Fund for the “STewardship for Acute Respiratory Illness (STAR): Expanding Access to Rapid Biomarker Testing” project.
  • Jonathan Juliano, MD, MSPH, (PI) was awarded $58.7K from RTI International for “Understanding National Malaria Trends Using High Throughput Molecular Analysis.”
  • David Margolis, MD, (PI) received a supplementary award for the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication for $197K from the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
  • J. Victor Garcia-Martinez, PhD (PI) won a three-year $2.9 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for “Ultra-long acting in-situ forming implant (ISFI) for antiretroviral drug delivery, incl. EFdA.”
  • Sonia Napravnik, PhD (PI) received a $209.5K award from the University of Pittsburgh for “Evaluation of the Efficacy and Mechanisms of a Novel Intervention for Chronic Pain Tailored to People Living with HIV.”
  • David van Duin, MD, PhD, (PI) received a four-year $400K grant from the National Marrow Donor Program for the “Modulation of CAR-T Cell Therapy Efficacy by the Intestinal Microbiome in Patients with Leukemia and Lymphoma.”

Division of Pulmonary Diseases & Critical Care Medicine

  • Robert S. Hagan, MD, PhD, received a Discovery Grant from the Department of Defense for “CRISPR Screen to Identify Neutrophil Regulators of Interferon-Gamma; Signaling in Acute Lung Injury.”  Dr. Hagan also received a K08 award for “Macrophage and Monocyte TBK1 Function in Host Defense against Influenza.”
  • Christine L. Vigeland, MD, won a K08 award for “Targeting Glutamine Metabolism during the Development and Resolution of Acute Lung Injury.”

Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology