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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

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

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

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

IAMIGHID: Spotlighting the AMR Collaborators

April 29, 2023

IGHID has a new hub of collaborative work focused on combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  Leveraging the Institute’s pan-university framework, the program brings together expertise in basic science, pharmacology, epidemiology, clinical research and environmental studies from schools and departments all across UNC. Led by David van Duin, MD, PhD, Gauri Rao, PharmD, MS, and Brian Conlon, … Read more

I AM IGHID: Dana Giandomenico

March 28, 2023

Dana Giandomenico, MPH, CPH, REHS, is the program manager for vector-borne diseases. She joined the Institute in June 2021, to support Drs. Ross Boyce, Emily Ciccone, and others working in Uganda. Her office is currently in the Carolina Population Center, off Franklin Street, where Dr. Boyce has an appointment. In her free time, Dana enjoys being with … Read more

I AM IGHID: Tran Viet Ha, MD, MSc

February 21, 2023

Tran Viet Ha, MD, MSc, is the in-country director of UNC Vietnam and an assistant professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health. She’s also coordinator for the Institute’s Clinical Research Site (CRS) in Hanoi. The CRS started as a site for HIV prevention studies but has more recently been funded as a HIV … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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” … Read more

IAMIGHID: 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 … Read more

I AM IGHID: Joelle Howard

August 12, 2022

Regulatory Affairs (RA) plays a critical role throughout the grant lifecycle, ensuring protocol integrity in the development of drugs and vaccines on the path to human use. Joelle Howard, who goes by Jo, joined IGHID last June. She is one of three regulatory document specialists who work across departments, schools, and countries to maintain accurate … Read more