The MURDOCK Study in 2016 awarded six $10,000 vouchers as part of the MURDOCK-NCRC Seed Funding Voucher Program to investigators from North Carolina Research Campus partners. Duke and the MURDOCK Study awarded vouchers to the following recipients:
- Saroja Voruganti, PhD, UNC Nutrition Research Institute (UNC NRI) “A pilot study to identify polymorphisms associated with hyperuricemia risk”
- Manya Warrier, PhD, UNC NRI “Association of betaine and plasma metabolites in obesity and diabetes”
- Kevin Knagge, PhD, David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) “Exhaled breath analysis for identification of high-risk smokers in lung cancer screening population”
- Nowlan Freese, PhD, UNC-Charlotte “Role of alternative splicing and methylation in salinity tolerance of rice”
- Renaud Warin, PhD, and Jennifer McBride, NC A&T University “Modulation of natural killer cells chemopreventative properties by dietary isothiocyanates”
- Mary Ann Lila, PhD, and Renee Strauch, PhD, NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), “Identification of fruit-derived polyphenolic metabolites in human plasma”
In 2015-2016, MURDOCK-NCRC Seed Funding Voucher Program accepted applications from qualifying NCRC investigators from any institution on the campus for vouchers of up to $10,000. The vouchers paid for scientists to use the services and capabilities of the DHMRI, which offers scientific expertise and advanced instrumentation to collaborators focused on transforming science at the intersection of human health, nutrition and agriculture.