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MD Magazine Grows Strategic Alliance Partnership with UNC’s Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases

MD_2015_SAP_Seal_72dpiMD Magazine®, the leading online and print source of physician news, conference coverage and peer-to-peer discussion, today announced that it has expanded its Strategic Alliance Partners (SAP) program with the addition of the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID).

The collaboration will benefit MD Magazine readers and SAP partner page visitors by providing them with rich, infectious disease content such as research developments, video interviews, articles, and more from UNC’s IGHID. The mission of IGHID is to harness the full resources of UNC-Chapel Hill and its partners to solve global health problems, reduce the burden of disease, and cultivate the next generation of global health leaders.

“IGHID is a leader in HIV research and Institute investigators are presently researching emerging infections such as Ebola and the Zika virus,” said Mike Hennessy Jr., president of Michael J. Hennessy Associates Inc., which publishes MD Magazine. “Together, we’ll provide MD Magazine readers and website visitors with news and insight from the forefront of IGHID‘s infectious disease research and advancements so physicians can gather additional vision into offering superior patient care.”

IGHID Director Dr. Myron Cohen added, “Our clinicians and researchers at UNC are leaders in the field, investigating and treating infectious diseases old (HIV) and new (Zika). These diseases intersect with other specialties like cardiology and OB/GYN. Our partnership with MD Magazine will introduce our faculty’s work to a broader audience.”

MD Magazine created the SAP program to share scientific and medical innovations in an open exchange of information among trusted peers. With a goal of better patient care for physicians, the program focuses on topics ranging from treatment decisions to best practices relative to practice management strategies to much more.

About MD Magazine
MD Magazine is a comprehensive clinical news and information portal that provides physicians and other health care professionals with up-to-date specialty- and disease-specific resources designed to help them provide better care to patients. Readers have access to breaking news, video interviews with physician experts, in-depth conference coverage, finance and practice management updates, insight and analysis from physician contributors and other multimedia resources. MD Magazine is part of Michael J. Hennessy Associates Inc., a full-service health care communications company offering education, research and medial media.

About University of North Carolina’s Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
The mission of UNC’s Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases is to harness the full resources of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and its partners to solve global health problems, reduce the burden of disease, and cultivate the next generation of global health leaders. The Institute is a leader in HIV research, earning the journal Science’s prestigious designation “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2011 for proving the theory of treatment as prevention. In 2015, the Institute launched Qura Therapeutics with GSK – the first academic-industry partnership dedicated to curing HIV. Institute investigators are also researching emerging infections including Ebola and Zika virus.

Special Presentation: Unintended Consequences in the Ebola Epidemic

Rick Sacra, MD

Rick Sacra, MD

Rick Sacra, MD, will be presenting “Unintended Consequences in the Ebola Epidemic” on Thursday, April 28 at noon in Bioinformatics 1131. Dr. Sacra has served as a medical missionary in Liberia since 1995 at the ELWA Hospital. He serves with the non-denominational Christian mission group SIM. He has provided patient care; training for nurses, medical students and interns; and leadership development. He also initiated the founding of ELWA’s HIV/AIDS counseling and treatment program.

Dr. Sacra was the Acting Medical Director at ELWA Hospital from 2008 to 2010. For family reasons, he currently divides his time between the US and Liberia, spending about a month every quarter in Liberia. During his time in the US, he teaches residents at the Family Health Center of Worcester in Massachusetts and serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UMass.

Since recovering from Ebola Virus Disease in 2014, Dr. Sacra has returned to Liberia for five additional trips to assist the team at the ELWA Hospital, run by SIM. He hopes to help begin a Family Medicine Residency Program in Liberia.

An informal reception will follow Dr. Sacra’s presentation.

Our Dr. Joe Tucker Talks with UNC Gazette about Crowdsourcing, HIV in China

Media Interview IGHID Faculty about Zika, HIV and TB

David Weber, MD, speaks to TV reporters after UNC's Zika update.

David Weber, MD, speaks to TV reporters after UNC’s Zika update.

From testifying before the U.S. Senate to hosting a Zika conference to publishing novel HIV studies, UNC IGHID faculty were interviewed by media outlets from around the country in March. Click on the links below to read or watch more.

David Weber, MD; Aravinda de Silva, PhD; Helen Lazear, PhD; and Matthew Collins, MD, PhD, gave an update about UNC’s efforts to understand the Zika virus.

WRAL: http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/healthteam/video/15476646/

WNCN: http://wncn.com/2016/03/04/zika-being-tracked-researched-at-unc-chapel-hill/

ABC 11: http://abc11.com/health/5-confirmed-cases-of-zika-in-nc;-experts-studying-virus/1231483/

WCHL: http://chapelboro.com/featured/unc-researchers-discuss-zika-virus

Carolina Connection: http://carolinaconnection.org/2016/03/04/unc-doctors-students-prepare-for-zika-virus/

NC Health News: http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2016/03/07/though-zika-unlikely-a-risk-in-n-c-local-efforts-are-scaling-up/

JAMA Viewpoints on Zika: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2502313

Steve Meshnik, MD, PhD, spoke about malaria and artemisinin.

Carolina Week: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxXnW462zzo 

Heidi Swygard, MD; Jessica Lin, MD; and Myron Cohen, MD, featured in the UNC Department of Medicine’s faculty profiles:

https://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/features/heidi-swygard

https://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/features/myron-cohen

https://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/features/jessica-lin 

J. Victor Garcia, PhD; Jenna Honeycutt, PhD; and Joseph Eron, MD, published about HIV targeting macrophages in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

MD Magazine: http://www.hcplive.com/sap-partner/uncglobalhealth

ALN: http://www.alnmag.com/news/2016/03/mouse-study-proves-hiv-targets-tissue-macrophages

Adaora Adimora, MD, Professor of Medicine at UNC, shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), committee ranking member.

Adaora Adimora, MD, Professor of Medicine at UNC, shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), committee ranking member.

Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, testified during the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Drug Pricing Hearing.

New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/business/lawyer-for-turing-said-he-warned-against-drug-price-increase.html?_r=0

Healio/Infectious Diseases News: http://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/hiv-aids/news/online/%7B390e8e54-9db4-435d-9715-a0c71182c5f7%7D/senate-committee-holds-hearing-on-daraprim-price-increase-distribution-agreements

The Boston Globe: https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/talking-points/2016/03/17/apple-engineers-may-not-cooperate-with-fbi/sI8BzFKxY6ZQLL5Uqxs6AI/story.html

Kansas City infoZine: http://www.infozine.com/news/stories/op/storiesView/sid/64197/

MedPageToday: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PublicHealthPolicy/HealthPolicy/56784

Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH, published in The Lancet a study proving no benefit to empirical tuberculosis therapy for people living with HIV.

AIDSMap: http://www.aidsmap.com/Isoniazid-alone-prevents-tuberculosis-in-people-with-advanced-HIV-urine-test-may-lower-mortality/page/3046058/

Pharmacy Today: https://www.pharmacist.com/empirical-tb-therapy-vs-isoniazid-adults-advanced-hiv-initiating-art

HealthCanal: http://www.healthcanal.com/infections/hiv-and-aids/71406-tuberculosis-screening-isoniazid-preventative-therapy-reduce-mortality-among-people-with-hiv.html

Martina Kovarova, PhD, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy a study on long-acting injectable raltegravir for prevention of HIV in women.

Medical News Today: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/308193.php

Medical Daily: http://www.medicaldaily.com/hiv-transmission-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-long-acting-protection-379379

Headlines and Global News: http://www.hngn.com/articles/191077/20160322/injection-could-prevent-hiv-transmission-in-women-study-says.htm

POZ: https://www.poz.com/article/injectable-longacting-isentress-prep-protects-mice-vaginal-hiv-exposure

Health Day: http://www.physiciansbriefing.com/Article.asp?AID=709378

Honeycutt Receives 2016 Manire Research Award

Jenna Honeycutt, PhD

Jenna Honeycutt, PhD

Jenna Honeycutt, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UNC, is the 2016 recipient of the G. Philip Manire Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research. The award, given by UNC’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology, celebrates the most significant and impressive doctoral research projects and is given in memory of G. Philip Manire, PhD, a friend, mentor and former chair of the department. Working in the lab of J. Victor Garcia, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Honeycutt studied the role of T cells and macrophages in HIV infection and persistence.

“I was extremely excited and very proud of all I had been able to accomplish in my time in the Garcia lab,” says Honeycutt. “Graduate school is a tough journey, so this was both a rewarding and reflective experience for me.”

Honeycutt’s doctoral degree from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology was conferred in December 2015. In his letter notifying her of being this year’s recipient, William Goldman, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, praised Honeycutt for the quality and significance of her research.

“We expect that this award will be only one of many forms of recognition that you will receive for your achievements as a scientist, and we look forward to following your future research career,” wrote Goldman.

In 2004, the Department of Microbiology & Immunology set up a trust fund in honor of Manire. The fund provides for the annual award to recognize outstanding research by a senior graduate student in the department. Nominations for the award are solicited from the faculty each spring, and a committee evaluates the applicants based on the quality and significance of the student’s research. The award is $1,000 and is considered to be the most prestigious departmental recognition of a graduate student’s research accomplishments.

Our Dr. Ada Adimora Testifies before U.S. Senate Committee about HIV Drug Price Hike

Adaora Adimora, MD, Professor of Medicine at UNC, shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), committee ranking member.

Adaora Adimora, MD, Professor of Medicine at UNC, shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), committee ranking member.

Adaora Adimora, MD, Professor of Medicine within the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UNC School of Medicine, testified on Thursday, March 17, during the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging’s Drug Pricing Hearing. In August 2015, Turing Pharmaceuticals increased the price of the drug pyrimethamine, marketed as Daraprim, from $13.50 per tablet to $750 – a 5,000 percent increase. This drug is used to treat the condition of toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that mainly affects patients with compromised immune systems, such as patients infected with HIV.

Click here to read a transcript of Adimora’s testimony and here to watch the hearing.

Adimora has been involved in HIV research and clinical care for more than 20 years. As a clinician, she treats people living with HIV at UNC’s Infectious Diseases Clinic. She also researches HIV prevention and treatment strategies. She is the principal investigator of the UNC site of the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), a multi-center, longitudinal study designed to comprehensively characterize the long-term, natural and treated history of HIV infection. Adimora is the immediate past chair of the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA).

Members of the media also covered the testimony, including The New York Times and Infectious Diseases News.

Our Dr. Ross Boyce Publishes Photoessay of Health Center in Uganda with High Burden of Malaria

Register for HIV 2016: Clinical Update & Vulnerable Populations

MayUpdateGraphicWebEach May health care providers from around the state gather at UNC’s Friday Center for an update on the latest clinical care and researcher discoveries to better treat people living with HIV. The day-long conference, HIV 2016: Clinical Update and Vulnerable Populations, will be held on Monday, May 2, from 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Click here for the event flyer and presentation schedule. Click here to register.

UNC’s Division of Infectious Diseases along with colleagues from UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and the Greensboro Area Health Education Center sponsor the event. Topics to be discussed include recent HIV treatment advances, management of HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV) co-infected patients, HCV guidelines update, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), opioid replacement, retention models and emerging issues in HIV. There will be a separate track for case managers, nurses, psychologists and substance abuse counselors who care for people living with HIV.

Introduction to Malawi and Chichewa: A Workshop on Chichewa Language and Malawi Culture

Title: Introduction to Malawi and Chichewa: A Workshop on Chichewa Language and Malawi Culture
Description: Date: Thursdays – March 31, April 7, April 14 & April 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Beard Hall, Room 116
This four-part workshop will focus on introductory Chichewa greetings and linguistics, medical interview vocabulary, and cultural sensitivity in health services for UNC students, staff and faculty planning research, service or internships in Malawi. Workshop sessions cover elementary language construction, health and cultural training, as well as brief presentations on the history, geography, politics and economy of Malawi. Participants will be provided soft copies of readings and basic language material. Dinner will be provided. Attendance at a minimum of 3 sessions is required.
Space is limited – please register by emailing Mamie Harris at malawi@unc.edu . Also contact Mamie for additional questions or concerns.

This workshop is sponsored by the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and the UNC African Studies Center.
Start Time: 05:30
Date: 2016-04-21
End Time: 07:30