Nutrition, biostatistics faculty awarded NC TraCS grants

January 18, 2019

Three UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health investigators have received funding from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), an organization within the UNC School of Medicine that aims to accelerate the speed with which research is disseminated to individuals and communities.

Gillings School awardees include Ian Carroll, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition; Jason Fine, ScD, professor of biostatistics, and Lindsey Smith Taillie, PhD, assistant professor of nutrition. Fine is also a professor of statistics and operations research in the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Ian Carroll

Dr. Ian Carroll

Dr. Jason Fine

Dr. Jason Fine

Carroll will work with Laurianne Van Landeghem, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University, on the project, “Severe Calorie Restriction-induced Intestinal Microbiota Dysbiosis impairs Intestinal Stem Cell-driven Epithelium Renewal and Regeneration.”

Fine, in collaboration with Shivani Reddy, MD, MSc, a research public health analyst at RTI International, received a grant for “Improving Cardiovascular Risk Prediction in Women.”

Taillie will lead the project, “Feasibility of a New Food Store Model to Test the Impact of Obesity Prevention Policies Among Latino Mothers.”

Dr. Lindsey Smith Taillie

Dr. Lindsey Smith Taillie

Each year, the Gillings School, through its Research Innovation and Global Solutions unit, provides a matching award for up to $25,000 to faculty members who receive NC TraCS grants. This year, the additional funding was awarded to Taillie.

“We are pleased to invest matching funds that support our researchers’ ability to put evidence-based research solutions into practice faster,” said Christin Daniels, MA, senior director of research and innovation at the Gillings School and NC TraCS research liaison for public health. “Dr. Taillie’s project will allow her team to try out an innovative food store model aimed at reducing the purchase of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) in Latino communities. SSBs are a major contributor to childhood obesity, which disproportionately affects Latino children.”


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