d71e1a313c9c0dcd2e64e7541657bdb7The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill is one of 60 medical research institutions working together as a national consortium to improve the way biomedical research is conducted across the country. The consortium, funded through the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), shares a common vision to reduce the time it takes for laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, and to engage communities in clinical research efforts. It also is fulfilling the critical need to train a new generation of clinical researchers.

RENCI’s Role

RENCI leadership has served the NC TraCS Institute since 2011. RENCI Interim Director Ashok Krishnamurthy serves as Co-director for the Informatics and Data Science (IDSci) Component, while previous RENCI Director and Inaugural Dean for the UNC School of Data Science & Society Stan Ahalt serves as Associate Director for the same component.

RENCI leadership works closely with the TraCS IDSci team and provides data science guidance, help in developing new projects, and research collaborations. Examples of joint RENCI-TraCS projects include the NCATS Data Translator, the NCATS ICEES+ COVID-19 open-API data service, privacy-preserving record linkage methods and code, computational phenotyping, CLARK – NLP tools for analyzing clinical notes, and CAMP-FHIR and FHIR-PIT for mapping clinical data to FHIR and integrating with external data such as environmental data.

Project Team

  • Stan Ahalt
  • Ashok Krishnamurthy
  • Michael Shoffner
  • Phil Owen
  • Erik Scott



NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards