RTI-UNC EPC Resources and Capabilities

A Broad Spectrum of Health Research

Evidence reports, technology assessments, and related evaluations can span a full range of conditions, treatments, procedures, and alternative and complementary therapies. Each of these types of reviews can be applied to questions in child and adolescent health, maternal health, adult health, geriatrics, rehabilitation, dental health, mental health, substance abuse, preventive care, and genomics.

The RTI-UNC Advantage

To meet these challenges, RTI and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have combined forces to create and expand the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC). The Center draws on resources from the five UNC health sciences schools -- Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public Health -- coordinated through the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Sciences Research. It also calls on assets from several units of RTI. This combination provides an EPC with unparalleled breadth and depth of personnel and resources.

The RTI-UNC center can call upon nearly 450 clinical, substantive, and methods experts to conduct studies and activities for the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and its partners, for other public sector agencies at both the federal and state levels, and for private sector organizations such as professional societies and associations, patient and consumer groups, managed care organizations and insurers, and pharmaceutical firms. The team's proximity to each other (less than 30 minutes), state-of- the-art communications technologies, and long-standing collaborative relationships facilitates coordinated management, timely products, and efficient use of resources.

This reservoir of talent and broader corporate capabilities (experience, standard operating procedures, and facilities/equipment) also ensures that the EPC can handle multiple task orders and related projects simultaneously without compromising quality.

EPC Directors

The RTI-UNC EPC is headquartered at the North Carolina campus of RTI International in Research Triangle Park, a short distance from the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Its co-directors are Meera Viswanathan, PhD, of RTI and Timothy Carey, MD, MPH, of the Sheps Center at UNC-CH. Linda Lux, MPA, is the EPC project manager at RTI.

For additional information, please contact the following individuals at either RTI or UNC-CH:

Meera Viswanathan, PhD
Director, RTI-UNC EPC III
RTI International
3040 Cornwallis Road, PO Box 12194
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2194
Phone: +1 919 316 3930
Fax: +1 919 541 7384
Email: viswanathan@rti.org

Kathleen N. Lohr, PhD
Distinguished Fellow, Health Services Research
Director, RTI-UNC EPC/RTI-UNC EPC II
RTI International
3040 Cornwallis Road, PO Box 12194
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2194
Phone: +1 919 541 6512 or +1 919 541 6929
Fax: +1 919 990 8454
Email: klohr@rti.org

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Timothy S. Carey, MD, MPH
Kenan Professor of Medicine
Director, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
Deputy Director, UNC Program on Health Outcomes
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
725 Airport Road, Campus Box 7590
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590
Phone: +1 919 966 7101
Fax: +1 919 966 5764
Email: carey@med.unc.edu