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Media Advisory

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Sept. 29, 2004 -- No. 460

UNC scientists lead country in NIH ‘Roadmap’ grants,
will fight obesity, cancer, heart disease, genetic illnesses

Media Briefing
Thursday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.
Commons Room (Lower Level)
Graham Memorial Building, UNC Campus

Top University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill administrators and three of the University’s leading scientists will describe how they and several hundred colleagues at UNC and elsewhere plan to attack obesity, cancer, heart disease and a host of genetic illnesses over many years through exciting new technologies and strategies on Thursday (Sept. 30) at a media briefing on the UNC campus.

The National Institutes of Health will pay for the unique initiatives by awarding UNC three of only 21 "Roadmap" center planning grants given in the United States for the first time this year. That is more than any other university in the country will receive. NIH Director Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni will announce the funding simultaneously at a news conference in Washington, D.C.

The UNC briefing will begin at 10 a.m. in the lower (basement) level Commons Room of the Graham Memorial Bldg., which is at the west end of the Morehead Planetarium parking lot and just off Franklin Street on campus.

Dr. Robert N. Shelton, UNC executive vice chancellor and provost, and Dr. Tony Waldrop, vice chancellor for research and economic development, will join Drs. Barry M. Popkin, Etta D. Pisano and Terry R. Magnuson in describing the cutting-edge research facilitated by the new NIH funding. The three scientists are among the principal investigators for the unprecedented grants and are, respectively, professor of nutrition, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering, and Sarah Graham Kenan professor and chair of genetics at UNC.

Reporters can park in the gated planetarium parking lot in spaces reserved for the briefing.

News Services Contacts: David Williamson, (919) 962-8596; Karen Moon, 962-8595 (broadcast).