Progress Report 2015 Web Extras

IGHIDProgressReport2015FINALCoverPicforWebsiteThe Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases released its 2015 Progress Report. In addition to the vivid photographs, powerful quotes and impressive facts about our work in North Carolina and abroad, we have compiled a number of related multimedia options for you to learn more about the Institute’s commitment to clinical care, research and teaching. If you have a hard copy of the report, follow along to view the corresponding multimedia options mentioned in the report anywhere you see a green dot. If you do not have access to a hard copy, click on the link in the first sentence to review the report electronically and enjoy the photos, videos and full length stories mentioned below.

UNC Project-Malawi

SLMTAMOHOur UNC-Project Malawi lab received four star status from the Honorable Minister of Health. Lab Directors Gerald Tegha and Rob Krysiak accepted on the Project’s behalf.

Through training grants from our government and industry partners, UNC-Project Malawi has created a sustainable model for delivering clinical care and conducting research. Click here to read more about Malawians for Malawi.

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases have received a $3.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study the growing worldwide cancer problem and expand the University’s efforts in Malawi to study and treat HIV-associated cancers. Funded from a newly established NCI grant program, the award will fund the UNC-Malawi Cancer Consortium, a collaborative effort aimed at expanding current efforts in Malawi to address a growing cancer burden. UNC-Chapel Hill is one of only eight institutions in the country to receive this award.

UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy is partnering with UNC-Project Malawi to send fourth year pharmacy students to Lilongwe for global, experiential training. Click here to read how the experience is reaffirming students’ career path.

SurgicalResidentsMalawiThe UNC Project-Malawi surgery program graduated its first surgeons in the spring of 2015, providing a model for future surgical training programs.

FoundationandsteelworksforTidziweAnnexThe growth of UNC Project-Malawi has led to construction of a new building adjacent to the Tidziwe Centre. This new structure will expand faculty and student living quarters and house administrative offices, classrooms, laboratories and the UNC-Malawi Cancer Center.




UNC Project-China

Our UNC-Project China site used crowdsourcing to seek video submissions from the public about getting tested for HIV. Above is one of the three finalists.


UNC Project-Nicaragua

Natalie BowmanIn 2014, we launched our Nicaragua Pilot Research Grants. The three inaugural recipients’ projects will investigate norovirus and clean water. Click here to learn more.





Progress in the Management of Infectious Diseases 

Our Ron Swanstrom, PhD, Director of UNC’s Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), was a member of a multi-university team that identify a timeline for HIV replication in the brain.

The Strategic Timing of AntiRetroviral Treatment (START) study released findings recently that may possibly change worldwide treatment guidelines. UNC Chapel Hill was one of three sites in NC to participate in this groundbreaking trial. David Wohl, MD, served as site leader for the START Trial at UNC and Kevin Robertson, PhD, is leading global neurology substudy of START.

Carla Cerami, PhD, researches malari and discovered that the replacement of iron by supplementation may worsen malaria infection. Read more about this study by clicking here.

Fellowships and Training Opportunities

Medical residents have many choices when it comes to pursuing a fellowship in infectious diseases. From mentoring to the opportunity to earn an MPH, faculty share why UNC’s ID Fellowship prepares physician-scientists for a successful career.

HIVRibbonSmallWebUNC hosts the state’s largest HIV care conference each May to better prepare clinicians, dentists, pharmacists and allied health professionals to treat people living with HIV. Click here to read more about this year’s conference.




UNC Doctoral Candidate Kathy Lancaster completed a UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellowship at UNC-Project Malawi in Lilongwe. She investigated the barriers sex workers face to connecting with HIV care. She shares how the experience prepared her for a career in research in the video above.

The Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship is designed to encourage medical students to pursue clinical research careers by exposing them to exciting research opportunities in developing countries. Watch the video above to see fellows sharing photos from their time in the program.