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The School of Medicine’s Translational Team Science (TTS) Award, administered in partnership with NC TraCS, has recently announced funding for four projects led or co-led by BME faculty. Among the NC TraCS $5K-$50K Translational Research Matched Pilot Grantees are BME Assistant Professor Brian Diekman, for his project “Senolytic therapy in an equine model of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (OA)”, and Assistant Professors William Polacheck and Imran Rizvi for “Identifying Targetable Mechanotransduction Mechanisms of Flow-induced Chemoresistance in Ovarian Cancer.”

Also, among the four Teams Selected for Phase 1 Translational Team Science Awards (TTSA), two are led by BME professors. Assistant Professor Yevgeny Brudno leads the research project “In Situ Recruitment, Reprogramming and Release of CAR-T Cells.” And BME Associate Professor David Lalush’s awarded project is ”Quantitative PET-MRI Imaging Correlated with Transcriptome Analysis for Noninvasive Characterization of Renal Cell Carcinomas.”

The TTSA program provides funds to new teams of both basic scientists and clinicians working to initiate innovative translational pilot projects aimed at building the infrastructure for future grant funding. In total, 62 applications were received and 15 were chosen for funding. Awardees include investigators from UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Dentistry, School of Medicine, RTI International, and NC State University. Congratulations to all of the awardees! More information about the TTSA program and this year’s TraCS awards here.

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