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Myron Cohen directs the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and is Yeargan-Bates Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. He also serves the University as associate vice chancellor for global health & medical affairs. Dr. Cohen served for 30 years as chief of UNC’s Division of Infectious Diseases before stepping down in 2019.  His research focuses on the transmission and prevention of HIV with emphasis on the role played by STD co-infections. He is co-principal investigator for the global HIV Prevention Trials Network, or HPTN. He was the architect and principal investigator of the multinational HPTN 052 study, which demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment prevents the sexual transmission of HIV-1.

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