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Research Triangle Universities Land Four NIH Roadmap Grants

This article has been updated from an earlier version.


NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (GenomeWeb News) - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, and Duke University, in Durham, NC, have landed four grants from the National Institutes of Health Roadmap for Medical Research, according to news reports.

The University of North Carolina on Thursday received three planning grants of approximately $1.7 million over three years to start multidisciplinary centers to investigate obesity, inflammation and imaging, and developing computational techniques to understand genomic data from clinical studies and population models, according to a report in the News & Observer of Raleigh.

Huntington Willard, the director of the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke received a five-year curriculum development award totaling over $600,000. Duke also received a grant to investigate environmental factors and genomics.

Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the UNC schools of public health and medicine, will direct UNC's new obesity center. Balfour Sartor, professor of medicine and microbiology and immunology, will lead the imaging program, in collaboration with Etta Pisano, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, and chief of breast imaging at UNC Hospitals. Pisano is the director of the Biomedical Research Imaging Center of UNC. Dan Reed, vice chancellor for information technology at UNC, will direct the new CarolinaCenterfor Exploratory Genetic Analysis, according to the Herald Sun newspaper of Durham.

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