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Cures and treatments for disease. New technologies. New industries for North Carolina and the world. At Carolina, we tackle tough challenges with multidisciplinary teams of top scientists and students whose diverse perspectives deliver creative, unprecedented solutions. As one of America’s top research universities, we conduct roughly $1 billion in research annually. We provide dedicated service to our sponsors and unprecedented opportunities for graduate students, postdocs and undergraduates.

— Terry Magnuson, UNC Vice Chancellor for Research


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Precision Health and Society

In Pursuit

The Difficulties of Ensuring “One Person, One Vote”

North Carolina’s General Assembly passed new legislative maps on November 6, and there’s already a lawsuit about them. Why are we redistricting, what role does the census play, and how is Carolina Demography educating people about the process?

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Cures Through Collaboration

Scientists come closer to breakthroughs in drug treatments for a rare cancer when they work together, says David Drewry at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. Since seeing the impacts of such cancers in his community, Drewry has been collaborating with scientists from different specialties and countries to develop better therapeutics for patients.

A Classroom on the Core Sound

More than a dozen Tar Heels spent last semester on the coast taking classes and conducting real-world research on the ecology of several ponds created by Hurricane Dorian in the barrier islands of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Moving beyond theoretical problem solving and into hands-on research has showed them the impact marine biology can have on communities.

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The Search for Safer Birth Control

Birth control users are seeking safer, more convenient options to prevent pregnancy, like an app that tracks monthly fertility. UNC OBGYN Rachel Peragallo Urrutia has evaluated the effectiveness of fertility awareness methods, a hormone-free birth control option.