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Understanding Giardia Lamblia in Children from Low- and Middle-Income Countries

January 15, 2024

A report published by Lester Gutiérrez, a PhD candidate and IGHID Fellow, provides a new assessment of Giardia lamblia and the pathogenesis of stunting and cognitive growth in children from low- and middle-income countries, published with mentor Luther Bartelt, MD. Giardia is most common during childhood, mainly in low-and-middle income countries. Symptoms can include acute or chronic … Read more

UNC Project-Vietnam Receives Friendship Award

January 10, 2024

The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations recently recognized UNC for significant contributions to the sustainable development of Vietnam. This is the second year in a row that UNC has received this award. UNC Project-Vietnam’s Director Tran Viet Ha, MD, MSc, accepted the award on December 26, 2023.   The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations is a … Read more

In Memory of Dr. Ada Adimora – A Trailblazing Physician Scientist and Mentor

January 3, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our esteemed colleague, Ada Adimora, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine and professor of epidemiology. Dr. Adimora, a brilliant and compassionate physician scientist, left an indelible mark on our department and the broader medical community. A true pioneer, Dr. Adimora made history as … Read more

ID Fellowship Program Matches All Spots

December 21, 2023

The National Resident Matching Program released results for the 2023 Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Match on November 29. More than 7,000 applicants matched to advanced training positions. After a successful match, four fellows will join the ID Fellowship Program in July 2024. The Division of Infectious Diseases and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases … Read more

Parr Elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation

December 21, 2023

Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, assistant professor medicine and researcher with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), a nonprofit medical honor society that seeks to seeks to support the scientific efforts, educational needs, and clinical aspirations of physician-scientists to improve the health of … Read more

IAMIGHID: A Community With a Fierce Commitment to Ending HIV Turns 25

December 4, 2023

The UNC Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) is an engine for funding HIV research, supported by a competitive NIH P30 infrastructure grant that has been successfully renewed since 1998. It is also a consortium of three complementary institutions (UNC, RTI and FHI) as CFAR Director Ron Swanstrom, PhD, and Associate Director Prema Menezes, PhD, PA-C, … Read more

UNC Project-China Hosts Annual Conference in Guangzhou

November 29, 2023

The curtains have fallen on yet another enriching and insightful journey: the 2023 UNC Project-China / SESH /GDDH Annual Conference. This annual gathering resumed on Oct. 11-12 after a three-year suspension, serving as a platform for professionals, community partners, and researchers from various fields to exchange insights, discuss research findings, and foster collaboration (submitted by … Read more

2023 Year in Review: The Office of Fellowships and Training Programs

November 29, 2023

Nurturing future global health leaders is crucial to building resilient and sustainable health systems. The Office of Fellowship and Training Programs provides robust clinical and non-clinical experiences for professional and personal growth, led by Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc, the Institute’s Associate Director of Fellowship Programs. “Mentorship and training are pivotal parts of UNC’s global health vision. … Read more

Assefa, Parr Review a Novel Strategy for Eliminating Malaria, Published in The Lancet

November 15, 2023

Post-doctoral fellow Ashenafi Assefa, PhD, and Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine in infectious diseases, researchers with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) working in the IDEEL (the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology) Lab assess the pros and cons of a new strategy to simplify malaria treatment, both published today in … Read more

Survey Indicates Jail Healthcare Falls Short of Community Standards

November 9, 2023

David Rosen, MD, PhD, a researcher with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), assessed healthcare services at county jails in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama. The results indicate jail healthcare falls short of community standards. The need for adequate healthcare has been a long-standing concern for the millions of people … Read more

The Global Fight Against HIV is at Risk

November 2, 2023

Hard-won gains in the long-running global HIV epidemic are in danger of being lost, argues Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, global director of ICAP at Columbia University, in a new commentary published today in Science. Co-authored with Myron S. Cohen, MD, director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of … Read more

Lin Appointed 2023-2024 RTI University Scholar

October 29, 2023

Jessica Lin, MD, MSCR, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases, is one of four researchers selected for the 2023-2024 RTI University Scholar Program. The RTI University Scholars Program supports senior academics, typically on sabbatical, to spend time collaborating with RTI researchers. The program is designed to drive growth, foster collaboration, build … Read more

IAMIGHID: The Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology Lab (IDEEL)

October 29, 2023

Researchers in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology Lab (IDEEL) at UNC are process driven investigators with a unique comradery, working in 20+ countries to improve basic understandings of pathogens. The applied nature of their work has a direct impact on the health and well-being of millions of individuals around the globe, while also having … Read more

Fogarty Fellow Investigates Stigma and Barriers to PrEP for Women in Sex Work

October 28, 2023

Ramya Kumar‘s face lights up when she talks about her work in Zambia, and her chosen family in the Lusaka community. For nearly a decade, she has lived and worked as an epidemiologist in Zambia, investigating and responding to urgent outbreaks of disease. “I loved Zambia so much that I never left after arriving in … Read more

William Fischer—Advancing Bedside Care During Outbreaks

October 18, 2023

The British medical journal The Lancet profiled William Fischer, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of emerging pathogens at the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, for his dedication to advancing bedside care during outbreaks. Some people have unique stories about how they met their partner, but William (Billy) Fischer’s is very … Read more

Malaria-Causing Parasites Resistant to Both Treatment and Detection Emerge in Ethiopia

October 17, 2023

Researchers with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) through IDEEL (the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology Lab), have detected new strains of malaria-causing parasites in Ethiopia that are both resistant to current treatments and escape detection by common diagnostic tests. Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, IGHID member and assistant professor of medicine in … Read more

‘Climate Change and Global Health’ During University Research Week

October 11, 2023

Climate change has been described as the single biggest health threat facing humanity. Physician-researchers through the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), UNC’s engine for global health research, are actively engaged in a variety of efforts to prepare and protect the health of the most vulnerable populations. Some may go where outbreaks occur, … Read more

Treatment-resistant infections, a “slow-moving catastrophe”

October 11, 2023

From discovery to prevention to treatment, researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are working to understand and mitigate the global rise of untreatable infections. Nearly every one of us has had an ailment that was treated with an antibiotic. Think about what would happen if that treatment didn’t work. More than 2.8 million antimicrobial-resistant — or treatment-resistant … Read more