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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

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 Intern 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