June 28, 2018
One of the University’s most generous benefactors has made a new gift to support the establishment of a clinical entrepreneurship program at UNC’s School of Law. The program aims to provide hands-on training for public-spirited...Read More
April 23, 2018
The John William Pope Foundation has made a $10 million commitment to support a combination of core areas in which Carolina excels: cancer research, multidisciplinary and innovative thinking, excellence in sport and serving the people...Read More
Jan. 26, 2018
One of the largest research awards made to the University just got bigger. It’s not only UNC’s largest project in global health, but the largest single award the University has ever received, at $231.9 million....Read More
The University has turned down a $14.5 million federal stimulus grant to expand an animal research facility in southwestern Orange County because it would cost about $20 million more to bring the complex up to acceptable standards of wastewater treatment and other requirements.
The National Institutes of Health grant would have provided funding for two new buildings at the Bingham Facility, where UNC uses dogs and hogs to study hemophilia and muscular dystrophy in two existing buildings.
“We made a business decision that it was not the wisest use of University facilities to pursue a full buildout of all the buildings we had planned out there,” said Robert Lowman, associate vice chancellor for research and a research professor of psychology. He cited expenses related to water and sewer, natural gas and other requirements in the rural setting.
The University has been cited by the state twice recently for spilling wastewater at the site.
Lowman said UNC probably could accommodate the needs of the research without the expansion, He said options include expanding the Frances Owen Blood Research Lab near University Lake, and moving some of the animals to another facility the University leases in Hillsborough.
“It’s a tough decision. So the challenge now is to make sure we protect the science and provide the facilities that are needed.”