BME Innovation Challenge 2017



N.C. A&T is partnering with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and RTI International in the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute.

For more information about this partnership, please read the NC TraCS Brochure.

The mission of NC TraCS is to accelerate clinical and translational research from health science to discovery to dissemination to patients and communities. It seeks to overcome barriers to translation by improving efficiency, training the research workforce and sharing successful research methods.

NC TraCS aims to:

  • Expand to support the full spectrum of clinical and translational research.
  • Focus on three strategic initiatives: next-generation technologies to transform clinical research and practice, new paradigms and resources to accelerate drug development, and comparative-effectiveness research to provide definitive evidence of the benefits and harms of tests and treatments.
  • Train, support and motivate the next generation of clinical and translational researchers.

To learn more, visit the NC TraCS website.

In addition to its NC TraCS partnership, N.C. A&T partners with other health organizations as well.

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N.C. A&T has been working with the Cone Health, conducting diabetes research in the conjunction with their Community Health & Wellness Clinic. The university is also engaging the nursing resources in the private, not-for-profit, healthcare delivery system to manage risks related to infectious disease. The university also does cardiology research with Cone Health. Dr. Marjorie Jenkins, the director of nursing with Cone Health, was a panelist at N.C. A&T’s 2016 Biomedical Innovation Challenge.

Learn more about Cone Health.

MMHI – Minority Men’s Health Initiative

Men's Health Initiative

Hampton University serves as the lead institution for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities’ (HBCUs) Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for research on minority men's health. The Minority Men's Health Initiative (MMHI), takes a comprehensive and meaningful approach to narrowing the gender gap of health disparities by harnessing the resources and expertise of HBCUs. These institutions will collaborate in developing, advancing and implementing innovative transdisciplinary cross-tiered research that includes intervention components of education, training, and outreach to effectively and efficiently reduce health disparities in minority men.

The MMHI will develop translational research models that are sustainable and transferable across communities, regions and the nation.  To this end, integrated research partnerships have been forged in the following areas:  cancer (Clark Atlanta University and Hampton University), cardiovascular disease (Jackson State University and Hampton University), violence prevention (Hampton University and Howard University), and diabetes and obesity (North Carolina A&T State University and Saint Augustine’s University). 

A grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has positioned the MMHI to take a quantum leap to close the gap in minority men’s health disparities. Passionate about their innovative research and technology, HBCU researchers are working together to emphasize the collective power to improve the quality of health that empowers minority men to live well.  The results will be sustainable for all Americans; one’s health and longevity should not be dependent on where one lives or based on an individual’s socioeconomic status, gender, race, or ethnicity.

Learn more about the Minority Men’s Health Initiative.

North Carolina Agromedicine Institute

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The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute conducts and promotes research, intervention, outreach and education to improve the health and safety of the agricultural community including farmers, farm workers, foresters, fishers and their families. The organization is a North Carolina inter-institutional institute whose partners are East Carolina University, North Carolina State University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The goal of the institute is to reduce injury and illness by conducting research that leads to practical solutions and developing effective educational approaches that can be of benefit daily to the end user. The partner institutions want farming, logging and fishing workplaces to be safe and healthy for all.

Learn More About the NC Agromedicine Institute.

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