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I AM IGHID: Erin Hoffman

January 31, 2023

Erin Hoffman is the Operations Manager for the Institute’s Chapel Hill Clinical Research Site (CRS), one of four research sites supporting IGHID’s Clinical Trials Unit. She learned about HIV from two people who were living openly with the disease, and it was their inspiring stories that would later influence her career path. In her free time, Erin … Continued

HIV Research in the Time of COVID: Chunyan Li Studies Barriers to PrEP in Guangdong and a Unique Intervention

January 29, 2023

Chunyan Li is a social and behavioral researcher in the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health applying socially innovative and community-engaged approaches to promote public health in global settings. For her dissertation, she worked with UNC Project-China to assess barriers to PrEP in the province of Guangdong. She also tested … Continued

Friday Saidi Receives Scientific Achievement Awards

January 28, 2023

Friday Saidi, MBBS, MMED, is first author of two papers published in 2021, that received Scientific Achievement Awards at UNC Malawi. The papers include: Term gravid uterus in a congenital umbilical hernia: a case report, published in the Journal of Medical Case Reports. Contributing IGHID authors include: Maganizo Chagomerana, PhD, Lameck Chinula, MD, and Jennifer Tang, MD, MSCR … Continued

UNC Vietnam Receives Award For Contributions to the Welfare of Vietnam People

January 28, 2023

“We indeed made history,” said Tran Viet Ha, MD, MSc. “UNC Vietnam is one of 30 foreign organizations among nearly 500 foreign organizations in Vietnam honored to be awarded certificates of merit by the president of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, recognizing our significant contributions to the economic development, social security and welfare of … Continued

Project Led By Victor Arahirwa Wins Harold C. Pillsbury, MD Student Research Award for Excellent Poster Presentation

December 15, 2022

A student research team led by Victor Arahirwa, a 2024 MD Candidate, received the Harold C. Pillsbury, MD Student Research Award for Excellent Poster Presentation (Clinical Science) during the recent John B. Graham Medical Student Research Society’s Annual Student Research Day. From 2004 to 2016, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) reported nearly 500,000 … Continued

I AM IGHID: Cecilia Kanyama, MB, BS

December 14, 2022

Cecilia Kanyama, MB, BS, is a physician-scientist with UNC-Project Malawi who teaches at the University of Malawi College of Medicine, and her work is changing world health guidelines and policy. She completed her first years of medical school in Australia and her postgraduate training with the University of Cape Town in South Africa, supported by UNC-Project. It … Continued

Some of the Many Faces of HIV Research: Treatment, Prevention and Pursuing a Cure

December 13, 2022

HIV virus eradication is a complex health challenge due to its long-lived persistence and how it hides in latently infected cells that escape the body’s immune system. Effective HIV treatments have decreased the likelihood of someone developing AIDS, while helping individuals live long and healthy lives without transmission to sexual partners. But for individuals with long-standing … Continued

Juliano Inducted Fellow of American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

December 13, 2022

Jonathan Juliano, MD, MSPH, DTM&H, has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FASTMH).  Fellow member status is an honor recognizing sustained professional excellence in tropical medicine, hygiene, global health, and related disciplines. Requirements include a minimum 10 years of active, life or emeritus membership (preferably continuous) in … Continued

Seña Awarded $1.9 Million to Advance Diagnostic Product Development for Syphilis

December 13, 2022

The NIAID has awarded Arlene Seña, MD, MPH, a member of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and professor of infectious diseases, $1.9 million to initiate a longitudinal clinical study over 16 months that will advance diagnostic product development for syphilis, with the potential for additional funding over another 3 years. The number … Continued

UNC Researchers Use $3 million Grant to Improve Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment

November 28, 2022

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a team of UNC researchers a five-year, $3 million grant to help develop studies to assess approaches to scalable, cost-effective screening and treatment strategies to prevent invasive cervical cancer among women living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries and in underserved communities in the United States. Co-principal investigators … Continued

I AM IGHID: Weiming Tang, PhD

November 20, 2022

Weiming Tang, PhD, promotes social innovations in health, using crowdsourcing that inspires the creation of equitable and effective health services, as well as pay-it-forward approaches that show how kindness can be contagious in healthcare. As co-director of Project China, Weiming has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications. And when it comes to success, he says “patience” … Continued

Scholars Present During the First Annual Global Health Scholars Symposium

November 20, 2022

The First Annual Global Health Scholars Symposium took place November 11, sponsored by the Institute of Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and the Gillings School of Global Public Health (GSGPH). The symposium showcased over 30 investigators from UNC and global sites around the world, featuring MD/PhD students, doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. A … Continued

UNC Launches Largest COVID-19 Observational Study of its Kind in North Carolina

November 8, 2022

This study led by the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, will enroll 7,500 COVID-positive individuals to answer some of the biggest questions about COVID-19. Investigators explain the study in this video. Over two years into the COVID-19 pandemic and researchers still are looking to answer some of most COVID-19 burning questions such … Continued

Could Science Be Synonymous With Courage? The News This Week Is Timely

October 28, 2022

As Fischer and Wohl Fight Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Selects UNC to be a Regional Emerging Special Pathogen Treatment Center (RESPTC). Read press announcement. Many courageous infectious disease specialists and other clinicians have not shied away from caring for those … Continued

I AM IGHID: Spotlighting the Institute’s Grant Administration Team

October 27, 2022

If the Institute is the engine that drives global health research at UNC, the Grant Administration team might just be the drivetrain, bringing all the structural components that deliver energy and create momentum. This is a spotlight on a team of rock stars who feel pride in their mission, who say the best part of … Continued

IDWeek 2022 Featuring UNC Faculty Researchers

October 20, 2022

Following is a list of presentations and posters by UNC faculty researchers during IDWeek 2022. The event is scheduled for Oct. 19-23 in Washington D.C. Presentations Posters

UNC Program in Nicaragua–Where Learning is Reciprocal

October 20, 2022

A two-hour flight from Miami to Nicaragua takes UNC students to the closest of all IGHID country sites, a land of lakes and volcanoes, scenic coastlines and highlands. Minutes from central León, UNC Program in Nicaragua operates through the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua León (UNAN-León) and its Center for Infectious Disease Research. Here, UNC … Continued

Save the Date: UNC Global Health Scholars Symposium Scheduled For Nov 11

October 19, 2022

The Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and the Gillings School of Global Public Health will collaborate to showcase scholars at the 1st Annual Global Health Scholars Symposium on Friday, Nov 11 from 8:30-11 am. This hybrid event will begin in Bioinformatics Room 1131 (Zoom links are noted in the schedule below).  The Institute for … Continued