National Institutes of Health

The research programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) seek to expand the knowledge base in medical and associated sciences in order to enhance the Nation’s economic well-being and ensure a continued high return on the public investment in research.

NIH Funding Overview:

Research Awards FY16: $48,046,023

Selected Projects:

Ken Dodge

Project: Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center: Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention
Researcher: Kenneth A. Dodge, Director of the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy
Site: Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center and Dr. Kenneth Dodge's Website

Under the leadership of Sanford School of Public Policy Professor Kenneth Dodge, the Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center facilitates the translation of basic science about regulatory processes and peer influences into innovative research efforts to prevent substance abuse and related problems in adolescents.

Kathryn Whetten, Director of Duke’s Center for Health Policy

Project: Global Health Disparities
Researcher: Kathryn Whetten, Associate Professor of Public Policy; Director, Center for Health Policy
Site: Dr. Kathryn Whetten's Website and Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research

Kathryn Whetten, Director of Duke’s Center for Health Policy, examines the health behaviors and outcomes of disadvantaged communities and individuals.  Current research is exploring issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance abuse, social justice and poverty in the US Deep South and less wealthy nations.

Charles Gersbach

Project: Gene Therapy and Tissue Regeneration
Researcher: Charles Gersbach, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Funding Source: Dr. Gersbach received the NIH New Innovator Award
Site: The Gersbach Lab

Pratt School of Engineering Professor Charles Gersbach uses genetic reprogramming to generate various cell sources for the growing field of regenerative medicine.  This involves reprogramming the gene expression of easily accessible cells, such as a patient’s skin cell, to create new cell types, such as those that make muscle, bone, cartilage, blood vessels, or heart tissue.  This could lead to new therapies for disorders like muscular dystrophy or heart disease by regenerating new cells to replace faulty or missing ones.

Heather Stapleton

Project: Childhood Exposure to Flame Retardants
Researcher: Heather Stapleton, Assistant Professor of Environmental Chemistry
Funding Source: $2.2 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Health
Site: Stapleton Webpage
Read More: Study on Flame Retardants in Baby Products Named ES&T's Top Science Paper of 2011, Stapleton in the News

Dr. Stapleton’s research focuses on understanding the fate and transformation of organic contaminants in aquatic systems and in indoor environments. Her current research projects explore the routes of human exposure to flame retardant chemicals and examine the way these compounds are photodegraded and metabolized. These chemicals have come under criticism from environmental and health groups, which say they have been linked to cancer, genetic damage, impacts on fertility and reproductive health, allergies, hormone disruption.