ADMINISTRATIVE CORE The Administrative Core is the driver for the planning and coordination of all activities within the University of North Carolina Superfund Research Program (UNC-SRP). It ensures that the research aligns with our overarching mission-to develop new solutions for iAs reduction and disease prevention through mechanistic and translational research. The role of the Administrative Core is to oversee and facilitate the conduct of work within the UNC-SRP to ensure responsiveness to the SRP mandates. In addition to fulfilling mandates of the SRP program, we implement research that is in line with the 2018-2023 NIEHS Strategic Plan. This Core oversees the nine other components of the UNC-SRP. Projects 1-3 use highly translational techniques spanning in vitro and in vivo models, and human populations to understand mechanisms of iA-induced metabolic dysfunction/diabetes. Projects 4-5 advance the ability to predict iAs contamination in private drinking wells and innovative methods for enhanced removal to reduce iAs. Across Projects, we use a translational approach that spans in vitro models and cell culture, mouse models, and human samples. Four Cores include the Community Engagement Core, Data management and Analysis Core (DMAC), Research Experience and Training Coordination Core (RETCC), and Chemistry and Analytical Core (CAC). The UNC-SRP Director is Dr. Rebecca Fry, a Biomedical Researcher, who is supported in this role by Deputy Director Dr. Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena (Biomedical Researcher) and Assistant Director, Dr. Michael Aitken (Environmental Engineer). Drs. Fry, Pardo-Manuel de Villana and Aitken have extensive experience with administration and oversight of large research efforts, established leadership in successful mentoring, and complementary scientific expertise relevant to the proposal. Their interdisciplinary expertise and experience contributes significantly to the goal of the Administrative Core is to foster an environment that stimulates innovative science and ensures that all UNC- SRP Projects and Cores work toward the overarching theme, ?Identifying novel methods to reduce iAs exposure and elucidating mechanisms underlying iAs-induced metabolic dysfunction with a vision for disease prevention.? The goal of the Core is achieved through four aims. First, we integrate, coordinate, and monitor UNC-SRP interdisciplinary research activities focused on iAs reduction and metabolic disease/diabetes prevention. Second, we convene advisory groups to provide critical guidance on UNC-SRP activities. Third, we develop effective research translation and communication strategies for UNC-SRP stakeholders related to iAs reduction and disease prevention. Finally, we provide training and career development opportunities for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows that foster integration across the Biomedical and Environmental Science research areas. Combined, these aims ensure a thriving research program bolstered by substantive interaction with translation and community engagement partners, collectively focusing the UNC-SRP to achieve our mission. !

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ADMINISTRATIVE CORE The theme of the UNC-SRP is ?Identifying novel methods to reduce iAs exposure and elucidating mechanisms underlying iAs-induced metabolic dysfunction with a vision for disease prevention.? With relevance to the communities in NC and the US, the UNC-SRP, driven by the Administrative Core, aims to discover biological mechanisms and susceptibility factors underlying iAs-associated metabolic dysfunction/diabetes, develop novel methods and technologies to predict iAs contamination and reduce iAs exposure; and translate the science of the UNC-SRP to key stakeholders in NC and the larger SRP program, and engage vulnerable communities. !

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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Hazardous Substances Basic Research Grants Program (NIEHS) (P42)
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