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Dr. Leigh Callahan discusses osteoarthritis
Dr. Leigh Callahan, CCCR Director and Principal Investigator, and Director of the Administrative Core

The Administrative Core provides comprehensive and skilled leadership, oversight, coordination, evaluation and general administrative support for all UNC CCCR activities.

For more information, or to speak with someone regarding our Administrative Core, please contact: Leigh Callahan, PhD;

The Administrative Core’s Activities:

  • Providing oversight, coordination and administrative support to maximize the efforts of the Methodology Core and the Phenotyping and Precision Medicine Resource Core.
  • Facilitating effective collaboration between the CCCR and Thurston Arthritis
    Dr. Richard Loeser, CCCR Associate Director and Co-Principal Investigator

    Research Center (TARC), the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), and other UNC Schools, Departments, Centers, and Programs, as well as national and local public/private organizations.

  • Maintaining momentum through shepherding vital communication links among the Executive Committee, various CCCR Cores, IAB, EAB, Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB), and other NIAMS-funded CCCRs.
  • Conducting ongoing evaluation to ensure that expected research goals, outcomes and outputs are achieved.
  • Managing the TARC/CCCR pilot grant program.

Stakeholder Advisory Board Keeps Research Grounded in Direct, Real-Time Insights From the Patient Community

UNC’s CCCR enables you to gain valuable insights by interacting with our active, highly engaged Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB). The SAB is comprised of patients from within the rheumatology and musculoskeletal disease community. They represent a cross-section of patients in terms of demographics and disease diagnoses, and provide a valuable “touch stone” to help keep research grounded in real-world input.

The SAB members provide unique insights regarding:

  • Participant recruitment
  • Development of research questions
  • Effective ways to reach diverse populations
  • Processes to engage and retain study participants throughout the study
  • Strategies for disseminating study findings to specific patient groups

Pilot Grants Foster Innovative Research 

  • Through funding by TARC, the CCCR provides one-year Pilot Grants of up to $25K, providing seed money for innovative projects that will generate preliminary data needed to develop projects that will successfully compete for extramural support in the areas of phenotyping and precision medicine.

For more information, or to speak with someone regarding our Administrative Core, please contact: Leigh Callahan, PhD;

To initiate the process of requesting information, data, and/or collaboration from UNC’s CCCR, please complete and submit this form.