The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been ranked the sixth most innovative university in the world, being recognized for groundbreaking research and impactful projects. However, with great power and recognition comes great responsibility.
UNC is a top-ranked public R1 research university and, along with the College of Arts and Sciences, houses five major health affairs schools: medicine, public health, pharmacy, dentistry and nursing. The University and the five on-campus hospitals drive the $1 billion spent nearly every year for research activity.
UNC’s Master Plan, approved this summer, calls for South Campus to develop into a research and entrepreneurship-focused community as the University looks to double the size of its research program.
Anna Wu, the associate vice chancellor for Facility Services, mentions the plans for new buildings across campus to support the continuous investment into physical, biomedical and computational science research.
Being at the forefront of research initiatives also means that the individuals and groups are facing the challenge of identifying and adhering to new research ethics. UNC has a variety of offices and resources available for tackling this issue, including the Office of Human Research Ethics and the Institutional Review Board. This board serves to review projects, protocols and studies before their execution. Their goal is to ensure that all procedures are acceptable under today’s research ethics and expectations.