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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

Wrapping Up IGHIDFest! During UNC Research Week

October 19, 2022

A big thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of IGHIDFest! during UNC Research Week. This was the first year that the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID) participated in the week long celebration of Carolina’s research and education enterprise. Our follow-up survey confirms what a recent study suggests. Interest in global health research … Continued

Global Health Scholars Share Summer Experiences

September 29, 2022

Research capacity building is intrinsic to the work of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID), nurturing emerging scientists through education and training. For UNC medical students and resident physicians interested in global health, the Office of Global Health Education (OGHE) develops programmatic structure, support, and engagement in global medical education, led by … Continued

Wohl, Fischer Study Long Ebola Symptoms Which May Help Explain Long COVID.

September 21, 2022

Survivors of the Ebola outbreak in 2014 report a wide range of lingering symptoms that include fatigue and muscle pain, as well as neurological issues. But not much has been known about the persistence and severity of the symptoms over time. Investigators from the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, David Wohl, MD, professor … Continued

Wahl Receives $3.2 Million to Study the Neurological Consequences of HIV Infection

September 7, 2022

Angela Wahl, PhD, a member of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID), the International Center for the Advancement for Translational Science, and assistant professor in the division of infectious diseases has received a $3.2 million R01 award to study the role of microglia in HIV latency and persistence in the brain. Over … Continued

Bringing Global to North Carolina

August 29, 2022

In a hospital, ambulance or a remote village in sub-Saharan Africa, researchers are focused on improving pregnancy outcomes with access to high-quality obstetric ultrasound, when and where it’s needed. Each year some 300,000 women and 3 million babies worldwide die during childbirth or shortly thereafter, according to the World Health Organization, which recommends ultrasound for all pregnancies … Continued

UNC Receives $17 Million to Develop AI-Enabled Obstetric Ultrasound

August 22, 2022

UNC-Chapel Hill has received a $17 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue groundbreaking work in artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled obstetric ultrasound. CHAPEL HILL, NC – The new award will support an interdisciplinary team from the UNC School of Medicine and Gillings School of Global Public Health, with collaborators in Zambia, Kenya, … Continued

Victoria Shelus Studies Antimalarial Drug Use and Practice at Drug Shops in Uganda

August 13, 2022

In the remote villages of Bugoye sub-county at the foot of Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains a rolling landscape stretches across lush river valleys and steep hillsides. It’s the kind of terrain that might make for a beautiful and strenuous weekend hike for visitors but not necessarily for the people who live there. Residents of this region … Continued

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 … Continued

Addressing Racism’s Role in the US HIV Epidemic: Qualitative Findings from Three “Ending the HIV Epidemic” Prevention Projects

August 8, 2022

Researchers from the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Center for Health Equity Research reviewed qualitative data from three “Ending the HIV Epidemic” (EHE) projects, published in the July issue of Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (JAIDS). In the article, Kate Muessig, PhD, associate professor … Continued

Scientists Create Long-acting Injectable Drug Delivery System for Tuberculosis

August 8, 2022

Led by Martina Kovarova, PhD, Miriam Braunstein, PhD, and J. Victor Garcia, PhD, UNC School of Medicine researchers showed in vivo efficacy of a long-acting injectable formulation of the anti-TB drug rifabutin. In 2020, more than 1.5 million people around the world died of tuberculosis, marking the first time in more than a decade that … Continued

Sustained Efficacy of Long-Acting Cabotegravir for PrEP Among Cisgender Women – Findings from HPTN 084 Study

August 1, 2022

Researchers from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) presented updated results from the HPTN 084 long-acting cabotegravir (CAB) for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) study at the AIDS 2022 conference in Montreal. New findings show reductions in HIV incidence were sustained in the 12 months following trial unblinding (November 5, 2020, through November 5, 2021). “HIV infection … Continued

CDC renews five-year funding for vector-borne disease threats

July 25, 2022

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the five-year funding renewal of the Southeastern Center for Vector-Borne Diseases (SECVBD), an interdisciplinary team of researchers that includes UNC’s Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, a member of the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and assistant professor in infectious diseases and epidemiology, and … Continued

Study shows the positive effect of preventative therapy for malaria is mediated by gestational weight gain, influenced by intestinal pathogens

June 24, 2022

Recently published in eBioMedicine, this study represents the work of the late Professor Steve Meshnick who served as mentor to Andreea Waltmann, a postdoctoral scholar with the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases. Dr. Meshnick died August 5, 2020.  Malaria in pregnancy (MiP) is a major public health problem with substantial risks for mothers and their babies. The combination … Continued