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Adam Akerman, Ph.D, receives Grant from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute and a Jr. Faculty Development Award

Adam Akerman, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the division of . He received a TraCS $2K pilot grant for his proposal titled “Development of a method for targeted gene delivery to the murine thoracic aorta.”

NC TraCS is the integrated hub of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program at UNC that combines the research strengths, resources, and opportunities of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, partner institutions RTI International in the Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) in Greensboro, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

The CTSA is a national consortium made up of over 60 medical institutions across the US that work to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, to engage communities in clinical research efforts, and to train a new generation of clinical researchers.

The Committee on Faculty Research and Scholarly Leaves has approved Dr. Akerman’s request for a Junior Faculty Development Award in the amount of $10,000. These funds must be spent during the period beginning January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2021, for his project titled, “Defining the role of mesenchymal stem cells in thoracic aortic aneurysm disease.”