Multiple images of researchers working in the field. The first image shows two student researchers, looking at a laptop by a stream in their high boots and weighters. The second image is a close up shot of a student researcher looking at creatures in glass containers. The third image shows two professors, wearing safety glasses, about to pour liquid nitrogen. The fourth image shows a researcher in the lab. The fifth image shows a group of researchers looking at foliage in plastic bags. The sixth image shows two researchers taking images for the library archive, one is standing on a stool while the other holds books open.

Solving the most challenging problems of the day requires innovation and collaboration. Research centers and institutes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provide the infrastructure and support services necessary to help scholars and scientists produce their best work.

When they join a center or institute, faculty members typically retain their appointments in discipline-based departments, continuing to teach students and mentor graduate students. By carrying new knowledge back to their home departments, these faculty members help keep their disciplines on the cutting edge.

Research centers and institutes also help the state’s economy. Their ability to address real-world problems in a comprehensive manner attracts external funding and helps North Carolina compete for economic-development opportunities. a thriving research center or institute is a powerful force for new ideas and beneficial change.


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    In a recent study, UNC epidemiologist Nabarun Dasgupta analyzed location data from 65 million mobile devices to understand the public health impact of social distancing at a county level across the United States.

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    Dying to Reopen: Comparing N.C. and Georgia

    Alexis Dennis and Nathan Dollar, both predoctoral trainees at the UNC Carolina Population Center, compared recent COVID-19 mitigation measures and policy responses of Georgia and North Carolina to understand consequences for the people within these states.

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    Who Isn’t Responding to the Census in N.C.?

    Rebecca Tippett, director of Carolina Demography within the UNC Carolina Population Center, completed an analysis to examine who isn’t responding to the 2020 Census in North Carolina: mostly people who live in rural parts of the state.

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    The Costs of Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Younger women with metastatic breast cancer face substantial excess medical costs, according to a new study from the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

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    More Heat, Floods & Storms in N.C.’s Future

    The 2020 North Carolina Climate Science Report — compiled by a mix of state researchers including those from UNC — details how temperatures, precipitation, and flooding will increase as heat-trapping greenhouse gas concentrations rise.

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    Funding Renewed for CPRN

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have renewed funding for the Cancer Prevention Research Network (CPRN), hosted by UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

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    Equity in Cancer Prevention & Control

    The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, a part of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, has produced a supplemental issue of Preventive Medicine examining approaches to improve equity in cancer prevention and control.

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    HSRC to Lead New NCDOT Center

    The UNC Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) has been selected to lead the N.C. Transportation Center of Excellence in Advanced Technology Safety and Policy, a grant administered by the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

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    UNC economist and Carolina Population Center Fellow Jane Cooley Fruehwirth’s talks with NPR about religion and how it can buffer adolescents against depression.

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    Addressing California’s Strict Vaccination Laws

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