Infectious disease faculty at UNC have been working in China since the country opened to the West.
With China as one of its target regions, IGHID is actively cultivating new interdisciplinary partnerships on campus, bringing together medicine, dentistry, economics, and business in a variety of China-focused initiatives.
The mission of UNC Project-China is to work collaboratively through research, teaching, and service to improve the health of China and promote the University’s presence in China.
UNC faculty, students, and trainees are leading collaborative research on non-communicable diseases, HIV and STIs, maternal and child health, health and migration, heart disease, nutrition, obesity, and other global health areas. The UNC Project is a collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Chinese partner organizations.
The IGHID China program has grown dramatically in the past year. We appointed our first full-time faculty member and UNC Project-China director, Joseph Tucker, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases. In 2013 IGHID opened the UNC-South China STI Research Training Center in Guangzhou, China. As part of the launch, a dozen UNC faculty and several trainees took part in the inaugural UNC-South China STI Research Training Course. Supported by Chinese counterparts and a grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), this training workshop focused on building local capacity among junior Chinese STI researchers.
Chinese Partner Organizations
- China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Beijing)
- National STD Control Center (Nanjing)
- Peking Union Medical College (Beijing)
- Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou)
- Guangdong Provincial STD Control Center (Guangzhou)
- Number Eight Infectious Diseases Hospital (Guangzhou)