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Leading the response to COVID-19

At the onset of the pandemic, Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases researchers sprang into action, advising and partnering with the NIH, WHO and others on a coordinated response. By August 2020, Institute clinicians and researchers were engaged in 52 research projects including national vaccine and treatment trials. Watch the video at left to learn more.


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Cindy Gay, MD, on leading COVID-19 vaccine trial; Ron Falk, MD, on participating

Michelle Floris-Moore, MD, MS, talks about impact of COVID-19 on African Americans 

Michael Herce, MD, MPH, MSc: ¿Por qué participar en un esayo clinico?

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Big Tent, One Team:

How a multidisciplinary research partnership built to fight HIV, Ebola, and other infectious diseases turned its people, expertise, and experience to fight COVID-19

In his March 23, 2021 story in UNC’s The Well, writer Scott Jared takes a deep look at the history and accomplishments of the Institute and Division of Infectious Diseases, especially how Institute Director Myron Cohen and ID Chief Joe Eron have cultivated a Big Tent way of thinking in which professionals of varying expertise work in synch with each other. The Big Tent philosophy “has no silos,” Cohen says. “We’re all working together on problems, and we all work together very successfully.”

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2018-2020 Impact Report:

Pandemic highlights Institute’s critical role

Our abbreviated report includes updates from the Institute’s global sites, stats on the breadth and impact of our work, and a look at the COVID-19 research that our faculty launched in the spring of 2020 in reaction to the pandemic.

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    Sciaudone awarded BWF-ASTMH postdoctoral fellowship to continue diagnostics research in Peru

    Michael Sciaudone, MD, an infectious diseases specialist at UNC, has won a 2021 postdoctoral fellowship in tropical infectious diseases from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund-American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH). Three of the coveted fellowships are awarded nationally each year, funding research focused on low and low-middle income countries. Sciaudone will use the two-year … Continued

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    NIH grant expands capacity to train emerging cancer researchers in Malawi

      A five-year training grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute expands the capacity of UNC’s Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to train the next generation of cancer researchers in Malawi, Africa. The Malawi Cancer Outcomes Research Program, or M-CORP, includes funding for advanced degree … Continued

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    Hobbs and Duncan win $3.9M NIAID grant to study a meningitis vaccine’s effect on gonorrhea

    The NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded UNC’s Marcia Hobbs and Alex Duncan a five-year, $3.9 million grant to study how a vaccine recently developed to prevent life-threatening infections caused by group B Neisseria meningitidis, the MenB vaccine, may also protect people from infection with Neisseria gonorrhoeae, a sexually transmitted bacterial … Continued