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IAMIGHID: The Fellowship and Training Administrative Team

February 27, 2024

The Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases’s Office of Global Health Fellowships and Training is led by Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc, Kristin Reed, MPH, Marla Allen, MPH, and Dzidzai Muyengwa, MPH. This mighty team of four onboards >65 active trainees per academic year and follows 350+ trainees for evaluation and program renewal purposes. Although … Read more

It’s a Wrap: The 2nd Annual Global Health Scholars Symposium

February 22, 2024

The 2nd Annual Global Health Scholars Symposium took place Friday, Feb. 16, showcasing the impactful work of 43 trainees in the U.S. and around the world. Near and far, approximately 250+ participants came together to share and learn about global health research.  Opening Remarks Suzanne Maman, PhD, the associate dean for global health at UNC … Read more

The Friendship Bench, Reimagining Mental Healthcare in Malawi

February 19, 2024

A new study published in Lancet-Global Health introduces the results of a five-year trial in Malawi that tested two implementation strategies for integrating mental health with general medical care. Led by Bradley Gaynes and Brian Pence, the study includes a cost-effectiveness analysis that will help inform scale-up decisions about the relative benefits of implementing each strategy. The following introduces a case … Read more

Delayed Diagnosis of Locally Acquired Lyme Disease, Central North Carolina

February 19, 2024

Healthcare providers in North Carolina have limited experience diagnosing and managing Lyme disease because few cases occur annually statewide. Researchers have published a case study that demonstrates the need for greater awareness and professional education. The article outlines the prolonged diagnostic course for a patient with locally acquired Lyme disease in North Carolina. The study … Read more

Changes in the Seroprevalence of Tick-Borne Rickettsia and Ehrlichia Among Soldiers

February 19, 2024

Researchers with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases published a tick-borne disease study in the Journal of Infectious Diseases using samples from soldiers stationed at Fort Liberty, North Carolina. In collaboration with the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Womack Army Medical Center and the CDC’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, the team obtained samples from … Read more

New Trial Highlights Incremental Progress Towards a Cure for HIV-1

February 19, 2024

Antiretroviral therapies (ART) stop HIV replication in its tracks, allowing people with HIV to live relatively normal lives. However, despite these treatments, some HIV still lingers inside cells in a dormant state known as “latency.” If ART is discontinued, HIV will awaken from its dormant state, begin to replicate, and cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). … Read more

Q&A: Healthcare Delivery, Elimination of Malaria: Recurring Themes for Global Health Scholars Symposium

January 30, 2024

The UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and the UNC Gilling’s School of Global Public Health (GSGPH), will present a hybrid symposium on Friday, February 16, featuring research from MD/PhD students, doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty from global sites around the world, starting in Bioinformatics 1131. A symposium guide can be found here.  … Read more

Coming Feb. 16: The 2nd Annual Global Health Scholars Symposium 

January 25, 2024

The 2nd Annual Global Health Scholars Symposium is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 16 from 9:15am-12pm! Presented by the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (GSGPH), the symposium will feature global health research from MD/PhD students, doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. Scholars from global … Read more

Reflections on Ada Adimora MD: A Bright Light Dimmed But Not Extinguished

January 25, 2024

In this tribute to pioneering ID physician and researcher Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, FIDSA, who died Jan. 1, 2024, two members of IDSA’s George W. Counts Interest Group, Michelle Floris-Moore, MD, MS, FIDSA, and Celia J. Maxwell, MD, FACP, FIDSA, reflect on her life and legacy. Dr. Adimora was a founding member of the group.  … Read more

Study Considers Relationship Between Tick-Borne Disease Infections and Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

January 20, 2024

Researchers at the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and the Thurston Arthritis Research Center’s Core Center for Clinical Research, investigated the relationship between knee pain and a red meat allergy, caused by a tick bite known as alpha-gal syndrome. “Tick-borne disease infections and chronic musculoskeletal pain,” published in JAMA Network Open, is believed … Read more

Markmann Receives ASCI Young Physician-Scientist Award

January 16, 2024

Alena Markmann, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in infectious diseases has received the American Society for Clinical Investigation’s Young Physician-Scientist Award. Markmann focuses her research on using novel sequencing, imaging and viral cloning techniques in order to understand what the neutralizing and protective antibody targets are in polyclonal human sera from individuals infected with dengue … Read more

Understanding Giardia Lamblia in Children from Low- and Middle-Income Countries

January 15, 2024

A report published by Lester Gutiérrez, a PhD candidate and IGHID Fellow, provides a new assessment of Giardia lamblia and the pathogenesis of stunting and cognitive growth in children from low- and middle-income countries, published with mentor Luther Bartelt, MD. Giardia is most common during childhood, mainly in low-and-middle income countries. Symptoms can include acute or chronic … Read more

UNC Project-Vietnam Receives Friendship Award

January 10, 2024

The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations recently recognized UNC for significant contributions to the sustainable development of Vietnam. This is the second year in a row that UNC has received this award. UNC Project-Vietnam’s Director Tran Viet Ha, MD, MSc, accepted the award on December 26, 2023.   The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations is a … Read more

In Memory of Dr. Ada Adimora – A Trailblazing Physician Scientist and Mentor

January 3, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of our esteemed colleague, Ada Adimora, Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine and professor of epidemiology. Dr. Adimora, a brilliant and compassionate physician scientist, left an indelible mark on our department and the broader medical community. A true pioneer, Dr. Adimora made history as … Read more

ID Fellowship Program Matches All Spots

December 21, 2023

The National Resident Matching Program released results for the 2023 Medicine and Pediatric Specialties Match on November 29. More than 7,000 applicants matched to advanced training positions. After a successful match, four fellows will join the ID Fellowship Program in July 2024. The Division of Infectious Diseases and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases … Read more

Parr Elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation

December 21, 2023

Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, assistant professor medicine and researcher with the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), a nonprofit medical honor society that seeks to seeks to support the scientific efforts, educational needs, and clinical aspirations of physician-scientists to improve the health of … Read more

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

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