Category Archives: Research Spotlight

Building Support for Youth Caregivers

Many teens and children under the age of 18 are responsible for not only taking care of themselves, but also a loved one. These youth caregivers can go on to thrive as adults, but UNC researcher Elizabeth Olson says this added labor can also have negative impacts. Read More

Team Identifies a New HIV Reservoir

Researchers have found a new cell in the body where HIV persists despite treatment. This discovery has major implications for cure research. Read More

UNC to Create and Test Injectable Long-Acting Implant to Prevent HIV/AIDS

The NIH awards researchers in the UNC School of Medicine and Eshelman School of Pharmacy $1.8 million to develop a new implantable drug delivery system for long-lasting HIV prevention. Read More

Health Effects of the 2016 Election

The 2016 US election ushered in a time of change and uncertainty. What will the Trump administration mean for the future of the Affordable Care Act, for national stress levels and their associated health risks, and for global health? UNC researchers are working to better answer these questions. Read More

Researchers Find Test for Ebola in Semen

Although the Ebola outbreak of 2014 in West Africa is over, thousands of survivors remain worried they could transmit the virus to others. UNC researchers, along with lab colleagues in Liberia, have discovered the first test to detect Ebola in semen. Learn more about this discovery and its implications for public health. Read More

Malaria Parasite Evades Detection

A malaria parasite with a gene deletion is able to avoid rapid test detection in asymptomatic children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UNC researchers have conducted the first nationwide study and their results have implications for malaria eradication efforts. Read More

Student Targets Mental Health Stigma

Research suggests that stigma can have a more detrimental effect on individuals with mental illness than the illness itself. Through volunteering locally and conducting research in India, Allied Health Sciences doctoral student Nikhil Tomar seeks to understand and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Read More

UNC Receives $18 Million to Combine Tech & Health

Lisa Hightow-Weidman, MD, MPH, specializes in connecting gay, lesbian and transgender youth with health services through technology like mobile apps, online interventions and virtual reality. She received a $18 million NIH grant to fund iTech, a center to develop technology-based interventions for youth who are at-risk or living with HIV. Read More

Video: 2BeatHIV Engages Community

While researchers have been studying HIV for more than 30 years, the public still harbors misconceptions about the virus. Dr. Allison Mathews had made it her mission to engage the community in cure research. She’s starting with Durham, but her work has a global goal. Read More

Division of ID: Awards & Honors

From being honored with distinguished teaching awards to acceptance into national honor societies, UNC Division of Infectious Diseases faculty and staff have had an impressive academic year. Check out a full list of awards and honors. Read More