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UNC’s NIH-Funded Project Will Investigate Genetic Susceptibilities in Minority Populations

Dr. Kari North, is associate professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received a four-year, $3.1 million National Institutes of Health grant that aims to uncover connections between genetic variants and some of the complex diseases that affect Hispanics and African-Americans. The grant program, CALICO II, or Genetic Epidemiology of Causal Variants Across the Life Course (Phase II), will produce analysis of DNA collected from several large studies that include African-American and Hispanic participants. The findings will pinpoint rare variants that might play a part in heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.