The North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute, in conjunction with the UNC Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health, will host a networking symposium to discuss emerging issues in science on October 4th, 2019 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Topics for this event are: the opioid crisis, the microbiome, and data science. The primary focus will be to advance collaboration among the sponsoring schools by encouraging new and cross-discipline research endeavors. The event is divided into three sessions, one for each research theme. Each session will include brief highlights of ongoing research from faculty across all three schools with ample time for networking and discussion of potential research projects for investigators from those schools, and through the NC TraCS partnership. NC TraCS partners include N.C. A&T State University; NC State University, and RTI International.