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UNC: NIH Continues Funding for UNC’s Landmark Study of Hispanic, Latinx Health in the US

The UNC Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC), based in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health’s biostatistics department, has been awarded a seven-year, $23M grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL).

The historic study is the largest-ever prospective epidemiological study of this diverse population.

Leading the effort are principal investigator Dr. Jianwen Cai, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor and vice chair of the Gillings School’s biostatistics department; co-principal investigator Dr. Gerardo Heiss, W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of epidemiology, and co-investigators Dr. Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, associate professor, and Dr. Donglin Zeng, professor, both in the biostatistics department.

“This contract was renewed thanks to the great work of our team at the CSCC, the Gillings School and faculty across the University over the last 12 years,” Dr. Cai said. “It is very exciting that the follow-up of this cohort is continuing. It will provide rich resources to help identify risk factors in the Hispanic/Latino population that are associated with the long process of development of cardiovascular and other disease. ”

Begun in 2008, the multi-site study measured the health status, risk factors and lifestyle habits of more than 16,000 adults, ages 18-74, living in Chicago, San Diego, Miami and the Bronx. Participants self-identified as being of Central American, Cuban, Dominican, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South American or “other” Hispanic/Latino background.

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