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Comprehensive, Innovative, Flexible, and Dynamic by Design

Dr. Leigh Callahan is a leading researcher in osteoarthritis.
Leigh Callahan, PhD; CCCR 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.  Its goal is to maximize the scientific integrity and dissemination of the CCCR’s work, which is focused on optimizing clinical research and clinical trials that will advance clinical care and public health efforts for individuals with osteoarthritis (OA) and other Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RMDs).

The CCCR Administrative Core facilitates the delivery of novel, innovative, and exciting services provided by our Methodology and our Phenotyping and Precision Medicine Resource Cores to our research community at UNC, throughout the state of North Carolina (NC) and beyond.

Expertise and Support From UNC Leadership and Recognized Thought Leaders

Our research community includes members of the Internal (IAB) and External (EAB) Advisory Boards, and specific collaborations with the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), home to our Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA).

We are also delighted to have the enthusiastic support of:

-Wesley Burks, MD, CEO of UNC Health Care, Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill
-Ronald Falk, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine
-John Buse MD and Timothy Carey, MD, co-Directors of NC TraCS

This CCCR Administrative Core is a separate center, with unique functions, housed within the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center (TARC).  The Core is responsible for communications, organization, and public relations, and will serve as the liaison of the CCCR to other units locally, nationally, and internationally.

Our Unique Resources Mean Added Value for You and Your Research

This CCCR builds on the strong success of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC) that was housed at TARC, which had a particular focus on A National Public Health Agenda for Osteoarthritis.  Although OA research is a well-recognized strength at UNC and we will continue to concentrate on OA, the CCCR will expand its focus to include other RMDs, where we have additional strengths and where similar methodologies can be applied.

The CCCR has the great fortune to be positioned to continue to leverage, without additional cost, the TARC’s Communications and Development Officers and the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance (OAAA), a coalition of more than 100 organizations committed to elevating OA as a national health priority.

The Administrative Core’s Aims:

  • Provide leadership and vision to guide the CCCR in its focus on optimizing clinical research and clinical trials to advance clinical care and public health efforts targeted toward people with OA and other RMDs.
  • Provide oversight, coordination and general administrative support to the Methodology Core, and the Phenotyping and Precision Medicine Resource Core.
  • Provide structure and oversight of interactions and communications between the CCCR and the extensive ongoing TARC research activities, OAAA, NC TraCS, and other UNC Schools, Departments, Centers, and Programs, as well as with public and private organizations at the state, national, and international levels.
  • Maintain communication links among the Executive Committee, Methodology Core, phenotyping and Precision Medicine Resource Core, IAB, EAB, Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB), the CCCR Research Community, and the other NIAMS funded CCCRs.
  • Conduct ongoing evaluation and assessment of CCCR activities to ensure that goals, expected outcomes and outputs set forth in the application are met.

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.