March 8, 2013 — The Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, founded in 2007, has made remarkable progress toward its mission to lead and support the UNC community in improving global health.
We are pleased to announce the release of our 2012 Progress Report. In this report, we present highlights of the work we have done over the past two years, demonstrating our commitment to the three key areas of research, education/training and service.
Our institute knows no boundaries, crossing disciplines and continents to foster synergies among faculty researchers, students, funders and populations to solve the world’s health problems. This report highlights the tapestry of programs that illustrate IGHID’s success.
Perhaps the most exciting accomplishment involves our own director, Dr. Myron Cohen, whose recent research is being called a game-changer in HIV/AIDS prevention. Proving that treatment for HIV reduces transmission by nearly 100 percent, this discovery has inspired the world to envision the end of AIDS. In December 2011, this research was named scientific “Breakthrough of the Year” by the prestigious journal Science.
Another IGHID researcher, Dr. David Margolis, received a large and prestigious research grant to study dormant HIV virus and find ways to rid the body of persistent infection—in other words, cure AIDS.
The recruitment of Dr. Jeffrey Stringer and a team of six additional new full-time faculty members has led to a large new program in Zambia, bringing $31 million in new research dollars and a rich portfolio of activities related to maternal and child health, gynecological cancers and infectious diseases.
IGHID has several new initiatives in Malawi. The University now operates the largest certified surgical residency training program in the region and, with the extraordinary dedication of Dr. Jeff Wilkinson, has a new maternal and neonatal care program to increase the safety of childbirth in Malawi.
Our first full-time faculty member in China, Dr. Joseph A. Tucker, will help foster collaborative research into the prevalence of sexually transmitted infections in China.
IGHID continues to build opportunities for global health learning for students of all levels on campus, from the undergraduate-focused Heels in the Field series to the new Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program.
We appreciate your continued interest in and support of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases at UNC.