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Our researchers are studying the health conditions - and health challenges - most prevalent throughout the region. The expertise we've built through laboratory and clinical research is the foundation for improving the health status of eastern North Carolina's residents. It's preventing obesity in children and helping senior citizens live healthier, more productive lives. It's making our veterans more resilient, giving hope to individuals living with chronic physical - or mental - pain, and removing barriers to care for the region's rural and underserved populations.

Our work makes a global impact as well. Our scientists are recognized as world leaders in the study of metabolic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. They are advancing the research agenda for treatments to address life-changing injuries and diseases such as spinal cord damage and osteoarthritis.

We also drive innovation in the way we prepare our future health care workforce. We are one of only 11 medical schools in the nation to receive a $1 million grant from the American Medical Association to help shape medical education around team-based, patient-centered care. A $2.5 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant is allowing us to implement an interdisciplinary educational model to better treat elderly patients.

Top Research News

Top Research News
Grant makes ECU center of nursing research
Grant makes ECU center of nursing research
Dr. Elaine Scott likes to imagine a world where it's common practice for health care organizations to invest in nurses throughout their careers. And now she and the East Carolina University College of Nursing have the opportunity to influence the industry's mindset about this topic.

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Researchers tackle high blood pressure, health disparities
Researchers tackle high blood pressure, health disparities
East Carolina University researchers are part of a multi-institutional team receiving a large grant to tackle health disparities related to uncontrolled high blood pressure in the rural South.

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Students shine in Research & Creative Achievement Week
Students shine in Research & Creative Achievement Week
Scholarship is in the spotlight this week at East Carolina University as approximately 360 undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral scholars are presenting their research and creative work at Mendenhall Student Center.

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Student Success

Student Success

We're innovating a new way to prepare physicians for team-based, patient-centered care.

Regional Transformation

Regional Transformation

Our system of eight service learning centers across the state is a national model for dental care.

Public Service

Public Service

We're building a comprehensive approach to caring for North Carolina's geriatric population.