Research Institutes and Centers
The intellectual life of the University and the research activities of graduate students and faculty alike receive valuable encouragement and support from the various institutes and centers listed below. These institutes do not operate as instructional agencies within the University; rather, they serve to obtain financial and organizational assistance for the scholars who constitute their membership. Many of the institutes provide opportunities for graduate student training.
Research Institutes and Centers
Most research centers and institutes can be found at the following Web site. Selected locations are detailed below.
Child Development Institute
(see Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute)
Institute for the Arts and Humanities
The institute's mission is to provide time and common space for faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences to work on projects that will advance their careers and benefit their students. The institute provides funds for faculty during the academic year or summer (Faculty Fellows Program) so that faculty may spend their time on scholarly or research activities.
Institute for the Environment
The UNC Institute for the Environment is leading UNC's world-renowned environmental community in developing solutions to critical environmental challenges. In doing so, it educates future environmental leaders and engages with the people of North Carolina and the nation to address and solve environmental challenges.
Institute for Research in Social Science
(see Odum Institute for Research in Social Science)
Institute of African American Research
The Institute of African American Research (IAAR) is the research component of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. The mission of the institute is to promote the scholarly investigation of the culture and thought of African Americans, as well as Blacks in the Diaspora. The aim of the institute is to support intellectual productivity across far-reaching investigative interests and academic disciplines that is committed to research in Black studies. The institute supports projects that examine the impact of the African Diaspora on Black life and culture in the United States.
Institute of Government
The Institute of Government within the School of Government is devoted to teaching, research, and consultation in state and local government. Over the years the institute has served as the research agency for numerous study commissions of the state and local government.
Institute for the Study of the Americas
The Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge of the Latin American experience in the Western Hemisphere. It builds on a long-standing and distinguished tradition of scholarly interest in the diverse regions that make up Latin America, including Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.
Institute of Marine Sciences
The institute's mission is to serve the state and nation through the conduct of high quality basic and applied marine science research.
Institute of Outdoor Drama
Established in 1863, the Institute of Outdoor Drama is a public service agency of UNC–Chapel Hill. It is the only advisory and research organization in the United States dedicated to the advancement of the outdoor drama movement, and serves as a resource for groups, government agencies, and individuals who wish to create new outdoor dramas or who are seeking information on the field.
Institute on Aging
Mission: The North Carolina General Assembly created the Institute on Aging in August 1996, placed it under the general umbrella of the 17-campus University of North Carolina System and based it at the UNC–Chapel Hill campus. The institute's mission is to enhance the well-being of older people in North Carolina by fostering statewide collaboration in research education and service. Its mandate is to 1) promote collaborative applied and basic gerontological research, 2) develop innovative programs of interdisciplinary gerontological education and practice, and 3) provide state-of-the-art information to policymakers, program managers, service providers, clinicians, and the general public.
Jordan Institute for Families
Created in 1996, the Jordan Institute for Families is the research, training, and technical assistance arm of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina. Cutting across traditional disciplinary lines, the Jordan Institute develops knowledge and promotes practices and policies that build supportive families and stable communities. The Jordan Institute addresses family issues across the life span that threaten to undermine some families—such as poverty, abuse, mental illness, school failure, and substance abuse—as well as challenges that confront most families, such as providing for aging family members and caring for young children.
Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, an affiliate of the Kenan–Flagler Business School, encourages cooperation among business, academia, and government to foster private-sector development and to utilize the private sector to serve the public interest in the United States and worldwide. The Kenan Institute develops innovative public-private and private-private partnerships that build the capacity of people, business, and communities to prosper in market-based environments. These programs are anchored in research that provides the basis for replicating and extending these outreach programs nationally and internationally. The Kenan Institute was established in 1985 by a series of gifts from the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and the William R. Kenan Jr. Fund. The institute operates from two locations—the Kenan Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington, DC. A sister institute in Thailand, Kenan Institute Asia, has been established to provide a physical and institutional presence.
H. W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
H. W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science promotes and supports social science research at UNC-Chapel Hill. Founded in 1924, the Odum Institute houses one of the nation's largest social science and census data archives, maintains a state-of-the-art computing and GIS lab for faculty and student research, offers advanced quantitative and qualitative statistical software and consulting support for social science and survey research design and analysis, offers short courses and seminars on research topics, and sponsors 16 ongoing faculty work groups.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Since 1946, students and faculty of the University of North Carolina have benefited from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 85 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. ORAU works with its member institutions to help their students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country; to keep its members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among its members.
Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates, as well as faculty, enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the ORISE Catalog of Education and Training Programs, which is available at see.orau.org.
ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scholars Program, consortium research funding initiatives, faculty research, and support programs as well as services to chief research officers.
Triangle Institute for Security Studies
The object of TISS is to promote communication and cooperation among faculty, graduate students, and the public across disciplines and beyond the confines of each university in order to advance research and education concerning national and international security, broadly defined.
Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies
The mission of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies is to conduct, coordinate, and promote basic and clinical research on the causes, prevention, and treatment of alcoholism and alcohol abuse.
Carolina Center for Public Service
Mission: The Carolina Center for Public Service leads the University's engagement efforts and service to the state of North Carolina and beyond by linking the expertise and energy of faculty, staff, and students to the needs of the people.
In all its efforts, the Carolina Center for Public Service seeks to build partnerships throughout the University and the state as it:
• advances the quality and sustainability of efforts through effective practices
• recognizes and celebrates exemplary service
• shares information, strategies, and outcomes of UNC's service endeavors
• facilitates community-based scholarship in addressing community issues
As the first public university, Carolina has a proud history of changing lives through educating scholars and leaders dedicated to forging a brighter future for the state, nation, and the world. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to expanding its tradition of engagement and responsiveness through the Carolina Center for Public Service.
Carolina Population Center
The Carolina Population Center exists to serve the research and research training needs of faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who have interests in the population field. The center is rich in its diversity. Its 56 faculty fellows have their primary appointments in sixteen departments in five schools or colleges within the University. The postdoctoral, predoctoral, and undergraduate training programs also reflect the diversity of the center.
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research organizes interdisciplinary research on the structure and impact of the health care system. A fundamental interest of the center has been the interaction between the medical care system and vulnerable populations, such as the poor, the elderly, rural residents, minority groups, the chronically ill, children, and the mentally ill.
Center for Aging Research and Educational Services
The Center for Aging Research and Educational Services is dedicated to serving social work practitioners and decision makers who work with older adults and their families.
Center for AIDS Research
The purpose of the UNC Center for Aids Research (CFAR) is to provide infrastructure to support investigation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic using clinical research, behavioral research, research into HIV biology and pathogenesis at the molecular level, and educational outreach. The UNC CFAR is a consortium of three complementary institutions: The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Institute, and Family Health International.
Center for Community Capitalism
The center examines ways that government, nonprofits, and the private sector can work together through innovative public-private community development partnerships to strengthen inner cities. The center works to create public policies that will make capitalism work better in distressed communities and focuses on new ways government policy can bring the energy of private enterprise to lift inner-city residents out of poverty. It views inner cities as untapped markets with considerable financial and human resources and profit potential for enterprising businesses.
Center for Developmental Science
The Center for Developmental Science is an interdisciplinary and inter-institutional center for the advanced study of human development. The mission of the CDS is to provide an environment that transcends the ordinary boundaries of disciplines and institutions in order to facilitate multidisciplinary, collaborative explorations of new frontiers in developmental research and training based on the principles of developmental science.
Goals of the CDS are:
• to transcend traditional barriers to scholarship by drawing developmental investigators from a wide variety of disciplines and institutional affiliations
• to support research about human development that aims to understand the basic processes of behavioral, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, and the mechanisms that affect development across the life span
• to develop, apply, critique, and revise developmental theory and methods such as longitudinal design and data analytic techniques that are sensitive to developmental processes
• to translate this basic science research into practice in a variety of venues in order to improve the health and developmental outcomes of individuals across the life span
• to develop and support a strong cohort of developmental researchers through the establishment of a unified and integrated research environment in which faculty collaborate and work closely with each other and with doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows to prepare the next generation of developmental researchers.
Funded by grants from the National Institute of Health and other sources, the CDS administers a pre- and postdoctoral training program, sponsors a weekly consortium series, supports workshops and special institutes on critical topics, and provides support for visiting faculty.
NSF Science and Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes
More than 30 billion pounds of organic and halogenated solvents are used worldwide each year as process aids, cleaning agents, and dispersants. Considerably more water is used and contaminated in related processes. In the 21st century, manufacturing and service industries must increasingly attempt to avoid production, use, and subsequent release into the environment of contaminated water, volatile organic solvents, chlorofluorocarbons, and other noxious pollutants. Technological breakthroughs of the last decade now indicate that liquid and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) could become a very commonly used solvent in overcoming these environmental problems. The S&T Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes, established in 1999, has as its goal to develop the scientific fundamentals necessary to enable liquid and supercritical CO2 to replace aqueous and organic solvents in key processes in the nation's manufacturing sector. Three key focus areas identified to date are macromolecular synthesis/engineering, microlithography, and nanostructures. This is a multidisciplinary effort with participants from five academic centers and two national laboratories: the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T University, University of Texas at Austin, and Georgia Institute of Technology in partnership with Sandia National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Center for European Studies
The mission of the Center for European Studies is to advance understanding of the social, political, and economic events that shape contemporary Europe. It does this primarily by supporting faculty and graduate student research through its roles as a National Resource Center funded by Title VI grants and as a European Union Center funded by the European Commission. At the same time, the center disseminates knowledge about contemporary Europe by enriching the University's work in graduate and undergraduate education and in outreach programs with public schools. One major new initiative in the center's educational functions has been the establishment of the Trans-Atlantic Master's Program (TAM). Another is its present effort to institute a new major in contemporary European studies.
Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease
The Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease promotes research and teaching on all aspects of gastrointestinal biology, physiology, and epidemiology, with special emphasis on inflammatory bowel disease. Resources at the center's disposal include investigators and core laboratories at two constituent members of North Carolina's university system. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where the activities are based largely at the School of Medicine, and North Carolina State University, where the activities are based largely at the School of Veterinary Medicine. The level of cooperation between these different but complementary institutions makes the center unique.
Center for Health Statistics Research
The Center for Health Statistics Research (CHSR) opened its doors in the fall of 1999 with the mission of providing the infrastructure and relevant expertise to address important statistical design and analysis issues tied to research focusing on high-risk populations, especially that which leads to new insights in health promotion and disease preventions. This is accomplished by 1) focusing the center's attention on methodological issues that arise in conjunction with existing substantive research efforts and 2) conducting this statistical research parallel to and in collaboration with the efforts of researchers in various settings of the health research landscape in North Carolina.
Center for Home Visiting
The center's mission addresses the following goals through collaborative efforts with researchers, educators, evaluators, trainers, practitioners, and policymakers: to promote interdisciplinary research and evaluation efforts, to promote interdisciplinary training efforts at the college and university level, to promote interdisciplinary efforts in ongoing professional activities, and to advance the knowledge base concerning practice and training.
Center for Instructional Technology
The mission of the Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) is to assist UNC–Chapel Hill faculty, staff, and graduate instructors in achieving their instructional, research, and other professional objectives by providing support for commonly used and emerging information technologies. To fulfill that mission, the CIT works collaboratively with staff in Information Technology Services (ITS) and other service providers on campus to coordinate, promote, and support campus-wide instructional technology-related services.
Center for Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research
The mission of the Center for Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research is to improve patient health outcomes, primarily those associated with the use or potential use of pharmaceuticals. The center will advance the field of health outcomes through methodology development, evaluative research, and the translation of research findings to clinical practice and pharmaceutical education.
Center for Public Television
The University of North Carolina Center for Public Television operates a statewide network of eleven digital transmitters with a commitment to inform, enrich and educate viewers. Each transmitter broadcasts four channels of standard definition programming and one channel of high definition programs. In addition to UNC–TV, they are UNC–KD, a children's channel, UNC–ED, an educational channel, UNC–HD, a high definition channel, and UNC–NC, a channel that eventually will be dedicated entirely to local content.
UNC–TV also supports a wide variety of outreach activities, including partnerships with educational and social service agencies; college telecourses for credit to more than 17,500 adults yearly; educational support for teachers; and a comprehensive Web site. UNC–TV actively seeks partnerships with others to bring greater focus to the key cultural and social issues in North Carolina.
Center for Research on Chronic Illness
CRCI provides central resources and facilities to both seasoned and novice investigators actively conducting research to assist individuals and groups to establish and maintain favorable health behaviors. Individuals and groups at high risk, or vulnerable, for developing or incurring chronic health problems are the major focus of CRCI research. Vulnerable people include the poor, marginalized communities, those at critical development stages of life (childhood, adolescence, or old age) and residents of rural or underserved areas.
Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
Inasmuch as the mission of the University is the generation, preservation, transmission, and dissemination of useful knowledge, the mission of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies is entirely coherent with that mission, particularly honed to the subset of knowledge pertaining to the languages, cultures, and political systems of the Slavic, Eurasian, and East European peoples and countries.
Center for the Study of the American South
The Center for the Study of the American South affirms the commitment of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to the study of the South, to teaching about the region, and to a tradition of service spanning two centuries. Through myriad programs, publications, and conferences, the center seeks to sponsor a broad public dialogue that addresses the central challenges to public life in the South. What is this shared Southern history and culture that both divides and unites Southerners? What threats to the region are posed by persistent poverty, a decline in civility, and the fragmentation of communities by racism and migration? How are recent changes to the region redefining opportunity in a global economy, transforming landscapes, and radically reshaping communities? The center brings the University's vast resources to bear on these questions.
Center for Faculty Excellence
The Center for Faculty Excellence provides Carolina faculty holistic support across the entire spectrum of professional development: instruction, research, and leadership skills. The center also provides support to graduate instructors through a wide range of activities and resources. The center provides:
• Resources to individuals who wish to improve their effectiveness as instructors and mentors
• Support and guidance for designing, funding, and undertaking successful research on campus
• Advice and training for faculty members taking on campus leadership roles
The Center for Faculty Excellence is a new institution, but it is based on an old idea: that a faculty member should be regarded as an individual, and not simply the summation of research (or teaching, or leadership) competencies. The mission of the center is to provide holistic support to that individual across the entire spectrum of professional development: instruction, research, and leadership skills.
Carolina is a rich environment for an academic professional, but it is often difficult for faculty members to take advantage of this richness. The center is designed to implement five core principles in mobilizing or publicizing the University's resources for faculty: transparency, collaboration, mentoring, comparative advantage, and assessment.
Transparency is critical in ensuring that faculty members can recognize and access quickly all available resources. Of all scarce resources, faculty time is probably the most valuable. Time spent searching for supports on campus is time that could be spent better on instruction or research.
Collaboration among faculty members is a critical support to faculty success in all areas—research, instruction, or leadership. Some collaboration is a natural outgrowth of shared interest, but this only scratches the surface of the opportunities for mutual gain offered.
Mentoring best utilizes our considerable faculty strengths to ensure that the next generation of faculty will be at least as strong. Through mentoring, our more senior faculty pass on accumulated research, instruction, and leadership skills to our more junior faculty—as we have for more than two hundred years.
Comparative advantage is jargon for the fact that each faculty member has a set of characteristics that make him or her uniquely effective as a researcher, instructor, or leader. Our metric of faculty success is not that all faculty members will have the same skills in each area. Our faculty members will demonstrate a competence in each area, but beyond that our faculty will be free to specialize in those aspects of instruction, research, and leadership in which they are most skilled. The University's success follows naturally from this specialization.
Assessment is a critical component of any initiative. New ideas often look good on paper, but effectiveness will be measured in their practical application.
As is evident from this list, the center is not really a place; it is a springboard. Good researchers will become great researchers, good instructors will become great instructors, and faculty members will become leaders.
Center for Urban and Regional Studies
The center's mission is to promote and support within UNC–Chapel Hill, high-quality basic and applied research on urban, regional, and rural planning and policy issues. The center seeks to generate new knowledge of urban and regional processes and problems and ultimately to improve living conditions in our communities. This is done by involving the University's faculty and graduate students in large, multidisciplinary research projects and smaller, more narrowly focused projects. The center's mission also includes promoting the use of the research it facilitates.
Center for Aging and Diversity
The Center for Aging and Diversity addresses, through research and training, health disparities in later life, provides a forum in which to discuss and examine ethnic, racial, and cultural variation in life course processes, and disseminates research findings to the academic and lay community on the health of older diverse populations.
Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning
The Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning (CDL) is a multidisciplinary research, technical assistance, and leadership training center. The center is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. Its work covers the broadest range of dysfunctions and handicaps, from learning disorders and attention deficits to mental retardation and multiple handicapping conditions.
Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center
The Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC) is a division within the Department of Biostatistics of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As the coordinating center for a number of multicenter public health and medical studies, it provides statistical, data management, quality assurance, and study management services. The organization includes professional personnel from biostatistics, epidemiology, computer science/data management, medicine, pharmacy, and nutrition. The professional personnel are supported by staff with training and experience in all of these fields as well as in study management, office management, and communication.
Comprehensive Center for Inflammatory Disorders
Established in 1999, the Comprehensive Center for Inflammatory Disorders (CCID) is one of six national Comprehensive Oral Health Research Centers of Discovery created by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to improve the oral health of Americans. The CCID faculty conducts basic, clinical, epidemiological, and community-based research on inflammatory disorders such as periodontal disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, and on at-risk pregnant women. The center also provides comprehensive specialized oral health care to patients with periodontal disease, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, and on patients with at-risk pregnancies. Finally, the center provides educational opportunities for scientists, professionals, and the public on the links between inflammation and systemic medical conditions.
Cystic Fibrosis Pulmonary Research Center
The Cystic Fibrosis Pulmonary Research and Treatment Center is a large, multidisciplinary group focused on the pathogenesis and therapy of cystic fibrosis and other lung diseases.
Dental Research Center
The Dental Research Center provides a central base for the research carried out by the Dental School by making available well-equipped laboratories and core research support facilities. The center fosters collaborative research relationships for faculty throughout the University and offers opportunities in graduate research training for basic sciences and clinical specialty students.
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
The research mission of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute is to create new knowledge to enhance the lives of young children and their families. Emphasis has and will be placed on the study of vulnerable populations, such as those at risk, the disabled, or the disadvantaged.
The UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders
Mission: Advancing the biopsychosocial understanding and care of patients with functional gastrointestinal (GI) and motility disorders through research, training, and education.
The center's goals are:
• Research: Conducting studies on the physiological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying the functional GI and motility disorders, their impact on quality of life, health outcome, and their treatment
• Professional Training and Education: Providing multidisciplinary training and education in clinical and research skills with emphasis on patient-centered care and advanced research methods
• Evaluation and Treatment: Applying up-to-date evaluation and treatment for a full range of functional GI and motility disorders
General Center Information: (919) 966-0144;
Center Coordinator: (919) 843-0821
Gene Therapy Center
The University of North Carolina School of Medicine created the Gene Therapy Center in 1993 with the goal of merging molecular genetics research with health care delivery. The Gene Therapy Center provides important resources to academic investigators through two core facilities created to support preclinical and clinical gene therapy studies. These facilities, the Vector Core and the Human Applications Laboratories, were created to ensure that investigators would have promising gene vectors available in the quality and quantities needed for preclinical or clinical studies. Research in the laboratory has centered on the molecular biology of adeno-associated virus (AAV) in order to exploit the unique features of this virus to develop an efficient viral vector system for use in human gene therapy. Continued efforts in understanding the mechanism of viral replication and integration for both wild-type and recombinant AAV are being pursued in order to create more efficient gene transfer vectors. The ultimate goal of the Gene Therapy Center is to facilitate the progression and translation of gene therapy research from the laboratory bench into Phase I clinical trials for the treatment of human disease.
Clinical and Research Center
As a member of the Clinical Sciences Awards consortium (CTSA), the NC TraCS Institute seeks to create new programs and pathways to facilitate clinical and research at UNC and throughout North Carolina.
The CTRC offers investigators a variety of research support services, including access to inpatient and outpatient examination rooms, a staff of highly skilled research professionals, an investigators' laboratory, nutrition research support, and an oral health research facility. In addition, CTRC staff can assist with study start-up, from the preparation of the IRB application and CTRC addendum to the sponsor regulatory package, budget negotiations, and internal processing form. Other services include assistance with pre-study feasibility, patient recruitment, study budgeting, letters of support, and research coordinator orientation. The CTRC also offers adult and pediatric research coordinator services.
Mission: The Clinical and Research Center improves the health and well-being of the people of North Carolina and beyond by ensuring an optimal professional environment for clinical innovation, quality care, resource stewardship, and research leadership.
All publications, press releases, or other documents that result from the utilization of any NC TraCS Institute resources are required to credit the CTSA grant and comply with NIH Public Access Policy, found at www.hsl.unc.edu/Collections/NIHToolkit/NIHPublicAccessToolkit.cfm (submission to PubMed Central). Visit tracs.unc.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=130&Itemid=193 to view recommended language for use in publications based on the type of support/funding received from the CTRC and / or NC TraCS overall.
Highway Safety Research Center
The Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) is dedicated to improving transportation safety, with a major emphasis on highway safety. Its fundamental mission is to conduct basic and applied research that increases knowledge and contributes to reducing death, injury, and the related societal costs. HSRC translates developed knowledge into practical interventions that can be applied at local, state, national, and international levels.
Injury Prevention Research Center
Injury is a major, but under-recognized, public health problem worldwide. In the United States alone, about 150,000 people die of injuries each year, resulting in more years of life lost before age 65 than any other single health problem. In addition to loss of life, the pain, suffering, and long-term disability associated with injuries are enormous. Most of these injuries are preventable, but there is much to learn. More must be understood about the factors that influence when, how, where, and to whom injuries will occur, and effective and appropriate intervention strategies must be designed and implemented.
The UNC Injury Prevention and Research Center (IPRC) envisions a world in which injuries are reduced as a result of important discoveries made and disseminated in a scholarly manner to guide policies and program development. Its vision includes a leadership role for UNC IPRC in effecting change both nationally and internationally.
The mission of the IPRC is to build the field of injury prevention and control through a combination of interdisciplinary scholarly approaches to research, intervention, and evaluation as well as through the training of the next generation of researchers and practitioners.
The UNC IPRC strives to be an innovative, nurturing, efficient, highly productive, and versatile organization that believes in
• Promoting rigor and integrity in all aspects of its work
• Identifying, creating, and seizing opportunities to enhance scientific progress and application of knowledge to prevent injury
• Creating an intellectual home in which faculty, staff, and students find collegiality, mentoring, and assistance in realizing their professional and academic goals
• Embracing new ideas with enthusiasm while planning strategically for the future
• Nurturing an atmosphere of open communication, sharing of ideas, and interdisciplinary collaboration in which good science and practice merge
• Supporting forward-thinking leadership that brings national and international perspectives
• Providing high quality service to affiliated faculty, staff, and students for project development management and dissemination
• Ensuring that all are clear about their roles and responsibilities and do what they are supposed to do
• Fostering synergies among ideas, individuals, and functions such that all engaged with the center contribute fully based on their unique and complementary roles, and
• Being adaptable to shifts in leadership, staffing, and external conditions while maintaining organizational stability.
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center of the School of Medicine of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the public cancer center for North Carolina. The UNC Lineberger center is the focal point for cancer research and cancer-related activities at UNC–Chapel Hill. It has an organized program for postdoctoral training of basic science and prevention and control cancer research. Curricular goals of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are implemented through academic departments. Cancer center members direct or participate in a wide variety of training programs. The center's activities are interdisciplinary, and its 235 members are drawn from more than 25 departments in the UNC School of Medicine, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the schools of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the College of Arts and Sciences. The UNC Lineberger Center features nine research programs that are organized in three areas: basic science, clinical science, and population sciences. Basic scientists study various aspects of cancer development and progression at the molecular level. Programs include cancer cell biology, immunology, molecular carcinogenesis, molecular therapeutics, virology, and cancer genetics. A clinical research program focuses on developing novel approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment. The population sciences programs include cancer prevention and control research and cancer epidemiology which seek to understand the causes of cancer in human populations and to develop, test, and disseminate interventions to reduce cancer risk, increase early detection, enhance cancer survivorship, and reduce mortality from cancer.
National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research
The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research collects and disseminates death and permanent disability sports injury data that involve brain and/or spinal cord injuries. The research is funded by a grant from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the American Football Coaches Association, and the National Federation of State High School Associations. This research has been conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1965.
Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center
The National Institute of Child Health and Development created the Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center in 1967. The center, one of only twelve such research centers in the country, studies mental retardation and other developmental disorders. Its primary mission is to promote research and research training in the pathogenesis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders.
North Carolina Center for Nanoscale Materials
The North Carolina Center for Nanoscale Materials (NCCNM) was officially established in April 1998. Major funding is provided by the Office of Naval Research, UNC–Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University (NCSU). The center currently has 15 associated faculty members from several academic units at UNC–Chapel Hill and NCSU, and supports eight postdoctoral fellows and 15 graduate research assistants. The research activities in the center are directed toward understanding the fundamental science of nanoscale materials and utilizing their unique properties for commercial applications.
North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center
The North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NCOSHERC) is an interinstitutional, multidisciplinary organization committed to graduate education and continuing education training of occupational health and safety professionals.
(888) 235-3320, (919) 962-2101
Research Support Center
The School of Nursing's Research Support Center (RSC) facilitates faculty and student research endeavors with particular emphasis on expanding the research base in the School of Nursing, increasing external funding for research and developing new scholars and their programs of research. The center provides a broad array of research support services, including consultation in the areas of research design, advanced statistical support including measurement, statistical analysis and analysis programming, preparation of research grant proposals, assistance with institutional grant processing, editorial assistance, computer short courses for faculty and students of the School of Nursing, and grant fiscal management. The RSC maintains information on funding sources, research conferences, and faculty research interests, and publishes a newsletter highlighting grant and conference opportunities, research and computing news, and faculty research activities. The RSC also manages school-awarded small grants programs.
Sheps Center for Health Services Research
(see Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research)
Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History
Mission: To encourage and support the critical examination of all dimensions of African American and African Diaspora cultures through sustained and open discussion, dialogue, and debate, and to enhance the intellectual and sociocultural climate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Thurston Arthritis Research Center
Independence is an American right. Self-sufficiency is an American ambition. Freedom of movement is an American assumption. The Thurston Arthritis Center draws from the spirit of this national psyche to create powerful instruments to lessen the suffering and immobility of those with arthritis-related diseases and to enhance the miracles of scientific vision.
Tissue Culture Facility
The mission of the Tissue Culture Facility is to provide the members and colleagues of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center with the highest quality research services and products available and to support and expand the science of cancer and medical research with professionalism and dedication.
Center for Global Initiatives
Formerly known as the University Center for International Studies (UCIS), the Center for Global Initiatives is a catalyst for the innovative work of faculty and students.
The center offers an array of competitive funding opportunities including the Fulbright Program, curriculum development, international internships, conference participation, undergraduate research, and predissertation travel.
It generates flows of ideas through research projects such as the annual Navigating the Global American South conference and the book Going to Carolina del Norte: Narrating Mexican Migrant Experiences, through programs such as the Rotary Peace Center and K–12 Outreach and through online resources highlighting faculty expertise and student internship experiences.
Founded in 1993, the center has received $20 million in grants from agencies and private donors including Ford, Freeman, MacArthur, Mellon, National Science Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds, Rockefeller, Rotary International, United Nations University, U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Departments of State and Education, and the World Bank.
The center's director reports to the associate provost for international affairs, who leads the University's effort to raise its international profile. This institutional connection offers a broad academic scope spanning the entire University, and the Center for Global Initiatives complements the work of other units focusing on thematic and area studies, study abroad, service learning, career services, and external relations.
To learn more about the Center for Global Initiatives, stop by its offices on the third floor of the new FedEx Global Education Center. The center encourages discussion of innovative ideas that expand and amplify the global work of UNC.
Baity Air Engineering Laboratory
The Baity Air Engineering Laboratory is one of the premier industrial hygiene, air pollution control, and aerosol science research facilities in the country. The laboratory is part of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It includes a 2,000-square-foot bay for testing air pollution control devices with a 3-ton overhead crane on a 25-foot ceiling. The laboratory also contains a 200-cubic-foot wind tunnel, fans capable of moving 10,000 cfm, an aerosol physics laboratory, a chemistry laboratory, and office space. In addition, high bay space and analytical laboratories are available to conduct pilot scale experiments on water quality. The Baity Laboratory is housed in its own building adjacent to the UNC School of Public Health.
Research Laboratories of Archaeology
The Research Laboratories of Archaeology were established in 1939 to conduct studies in archaeology and related fields such as ethnography, physical anthropology, and ethnohistory. Today, the research laboratories' interdepartmental program pursues research in such areas as North American prehistory and history (with a focus on the Native American cultures of North Carolina), Latin American prehistory, Old World archaeology, paleo-ethnobotany, and human osteology. Rigorous field and laboratory training is provided for graduate and undergraduate students. The Research Laboratories of Archaeology also curate one of the nation's finest collections of southeastern archaeological materials, including more than 6,000,000 artifacts, extensive photographic collections dating from the 1930s and smaller archaeological and ethnographic collections from Latin America, Europe, and Japan.
L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory
The mission of the L. L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory is to support the faculty and students of the laboratory in the development and application of quantitative methods for psychological research. The laboratory seeks to create an active and vital intellectual atmosphere for its members so as to facilitate a high level of scholarly effort and interaction. Toward this end, the laboratory secures and manages resources that support these research activities and goals. This support takes a variety of forms, including financial, administrative, and logistical. Laboratory resources are expended for purposes such as financial support of graduate students, upgrading of facilities and equipment, funding of student travel to conferences or workshops, sponsoring of visiting speakers, and sponsoring and hosting of academic conferences. The laboratory also seeks to establish and promote productive associations with other academic units at the University of North Carolina. These include the Departments of Statistics, Biostatistics, Linguistics, and Computer Science, as well as the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science (IRSS), the Center for Developmental Science, and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Each of these units is engaged in research and teaching relevant to members of the laboratory. Faculty of the laboratory collaborate in research with faculty in these units, and the laboratory's graduate students often take courses in these departments and become involved in research activities.
Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory
The Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) is a cooperative research laboratory located on the Duke University campus and supported by Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Fifty faculty and graduate students from the three universities use the facilities. TUNL is the largest university-based nuclear physics laboratory in the southeast, and one of the largest such laboratories in the United States. The major research interests of TUNL are studies of fundamental symmetries and studies of nuclear interactions at low to medium energies in the one to twenty million-electron-volt range.