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ID Fellows Presenting During IDWEEK 2023

October 10, 2023

ID Week 2023 is the premier forum for health professionals of varied backgrounds to collaborate, cooperate, and learn from each other’s expertise in infectious diseases. From the UNC Division of Infectious Diseases and Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, following is a list of posters and presentations scheduled by current fellows and their many co-authors. Posters … Read more

UNC Research Validates AI-Powered Gestational Age Calculator Used on Butterfly iQ+ for Global Pregnancy Care

October 9, 2023

An innovative AI tool developed at the University of North Carolina (UNC) and deployed on the Butterfly IQ+ handheld ultrasound probe can measure gestational age as accurately as a trained expert using an expensive, full-sized ultrasound machine. Chapel Hill, NC (October 9, 2023) — A groundbreaking study presented today by University of North Carolina (UNC) School … Read more

Expanding Global Health Experiences: Migrant Health at the U.S. Border, Reproductive Health in Bolivia  

October 3, 2023

The Office of Global Health Education (OGHE), through the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and the UNC School of Medicine, introduces learners to global health experiences that often inspire them to be agents of change. While the scope of these experiences may vary, students join local health teams and community organizations that frequently … Read more

UNC-Project China Internship Focuses On ‘Pay-It-Forward’ Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Research

September 28, 2023

As an undergraduate studying health policy and management, Dorian Ho‘s summer internship with UNC Project-China, a collaboration between the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and Sesh Global, co-directed by Joe Tucker, MD, PhD, and Weiming Tang, PhD, gave him the chance to expand his worldview and contribute to novel research in Guangzhou, China. Ho joined … Read more

New IGHID Fellows Announced for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

September 21, 2023

Capacity building is intrinsic to the Institute’s work on four continents, and it plays a central role in UNC’s efforts to provide training and education in global research around the world. For the new academic year, the Institute is pleased to introduce 33 IGHID fellows and 3 IGHID-affiliated fellows who are conducting research across 10 … Read more

Boyce Receives $4.4 Million to Lead a Malaria Intervention Project in Uganda Following Extreme Weather Events

September 15, 2023

The NIH has awarded a multi-disciplinary team led by Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, a $4.4 million, five-year (R01) grant to evaluate the effectiveness of a chemoprevention effort designed to prevent malaria outbreaks after flooding, using a combination of interventions. Boyce is a member of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), an Assistant … Read more

Archin Receives Diversity in Science and Excellence Award

September 14, 2023

Nancie M. Archin, PhD, researcher with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, and assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, received the “Diversity in Science and Excellence” award from the International Society for Antiviral Research. The $5,000 award goes towards a scientist of any group historically underrepresented in the Society … Read more

IAMIGHID: Linda Van Le, MD

August 27, 2023

Linda Van Le, MD, is the Leonard D. Palumbo Distinguished Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, and a first generation Vietnamese American who is passionate about training the next generation. Dr. Van Le is a mentor for the International Gynecologic Cancer Society’s Global Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program, in Danang, Vietnam. Her grandfather’s home in Sadec is known … Read more

Uganda: A Summer in Review

August 26, 2023

The partnership between Uganda’s Mbarara University of Science and Technology, P-Healed, and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), led by Ross Boyce, MD, MSc and Raquel Reyes, MD, MPA, focuses on improving the health and well-being of the people of Western Uganda. Rooted in understanding and serving local needs, students and … Read more

Dzidzai Muyengwa Will Manage UJMT LAUNCH Fellowships

August 21, 2023

Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc, director of fellowship programs for the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), announces Dzidzai Muyengwa, MPH, will serve as the new program manager of UJMT LAUNCH, Fogarty International Center’s flagship training program, funded by the National Institutes of Health. “We are delighted to welcome Dzidzai. She brings a wealth … Read more

NICHD Grant Award Enables Researchers To Address Reasons For Vertical Transmission of HIV in Malawi As the Country Pursues Elimination Goals: Integrated Educational Cores Represent the Best of Capacity Building with Malawian Health Leaders

August 15, 2023

Led by Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH, the NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), has funded the project “Preventing Infant Infections with Implementation Science in Malawi.” (PRI3SM). The program, in partnership with the Republic of Malawi’s Ministry of Health, comprises three studies to address gaps in prevention services, striving for elimination of vertical … Read more

A Rare Domestic Resurgence of Malaria Is Circulating in the US

July 5, 2023

The mosquito-borne disease was eliminated here long ago. Now “revenge travel,” global migration, poor public funding—and maybe climate change—could help it come back. At least four people in Florida and one in Texas have been diagnosed with malaria that they must have caught near where they live—because, according to health officials, none of them traveled outside … Read more

5th Annual Malawi Cancer Symposium

June 29, 2023

The Malawi Cancer Program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, UNC Project Malawi, the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be hosting the 5th Annual Malawi Cancer Symposium (MCS 2023). This year’s symposium will be held September 6-7, offering a valuable platform for local and … Read more

Bi-Directional Learning For Health Equity: Urology Surgeon Visits Malawi

June 28, 2023

UNC’s urologic surgery partnership with Malawi started with Charles Mabedi, MD, the sole urologist in Malawi, who received his urology training in Tanzania and came to UNC as a visiting professor in 2017. Since then, Mabedi has been working with Anthony Charles, MD, the Surgical Director for the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases … Read more

Heidi White Named Assistant Director of Office of Global Health Education

June 23, 2023

Heidi White, MIS, has been named the new Assistant Director for the Office of Global Health Education, following the appointment of Dr. Sylvia Becker-Dreps to Director. Heidi joins UNC from Durham Technical Community College, bringing 10 years of experience serving as the Director of International Student Services and Study Abroad and Durham Tech’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO), … Read more

Why Specialize in Infectious Diseases? The Desire to Practice Has Always Been Infectious, But Perhaps More So Now

June 23, 2023

It’s a rare day when an infectious disease story is not in the news–particularly since COVID-19 turned the world upside down and showed the vulnerability of the human condition to emerging pathogens. The field of infectious diseases is dynamic, often characterized by innovation and heroism.   Christopher Sellers, MD, MPH (UNC ID Fellowship: 2012-2014) is … Read more

Penile HIV Infection is Effectively Prevented by Antiretroviral Treatment

June 12, 2023

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine’s International Center for the Advancement of Translational Science and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases have developed a new approach for the detailed evaluation of HIV infection throughout the entire male genital tract, HIV acquisition via the penis and the efficient prevention of penile HIV infection. … Read more

Pathogens and Pop Culture: An Interview with Dr. Billy Fischer (Part I)

June 11, 2023

Dr. Billy Fischer talks about his experiences with Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevers in an interview with Lauren Sauer, MSc, director of the special pathogens research network at NETEC and associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and Rachel Lookadoo, a public health lawyer and assistant professor at UNMC. Dr. Fischer is … Read more

IAMIGHID: Spotlighting the HIV Cure Team

June 10, 2023

HIV/AIDS has been around for approximately 40 years, but many researchers say the end is in sight. The question is, will it be in our lifetime or just around the corner? This is a spotlight on the HIV CURE Center, comprising approximately 55 researchers and students, featuring David Margolis, MD, the director, Nancie Archin, PhD, a … Read more