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Five UNC resident physicians and fellows named Global Health Scholars

May 27, 2021

  The Office of Global Health Education has selected its 2021-2023 cohort of Global Health Scholars. The competitive two-year program supports the career and leadership development of UNC fellows and resident physicians who have a strong interest in global health. The scholars’ selection includes $8,000 to support research proposals. Supporting the scholars as second advisors … Continued

Immunocompromised Host ID Fellows land faculty positions

May 9, 2021

The first two graduates of UNC’s Immunocompromised Host Infectious Disease Fellowship program have successfully landed faculty positions. Tyler Lambing, MD, the 2019-2020 fellow, has joined Baylor College of Medicine as an assistant professor. Daphne-Dominique Henson Villanueva, MD, the 2020-2021fellow, begins her post as an assistant professor at the West Virginia University in July 2021. The … Continued

Baric elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 9, 2021

Ralph S Baric, UNC’s William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and professor of microbiology and immunology, was one of four UNC-Chapel Hill faculty members elected as part of a class of 120 new members to the National Academy of Sciences. The honor recognizes a member’s distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Baric … Continued

Report from Malawi: Weathering a second wave—or tsunami—of COVID-19

February 10, 2021

  By Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH Officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Malawi on April 2, 2020. At UNC Project Malawi, we’d been working for a month to carefully review and prepare for the virus. We established COVID preventive procedures and clinical management guidelines and planning for staff and staff relatives. We … Continued

Office of Global Health Education funds COVID-19 research, service learning projects

February 2, 2021

Projects include vaccinating farmworkers arriving in North Carolina, managing data from Nicaragua, and testing blood samples from Africa   UNC’s Office of Global Health Education (OGHE) is awarding $23,000 to teams of global health faculty and medical students to pursue COVID-19 related research and service learning in the spring or summer of 2021. During a … Continued

UNC investigators help prove a monoclonal antibody prevents, treats COVID-19 in nursing homes

January 21, 2021

  Eli Lilly today released results of a clinical trial that found bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody, significantly reduced the risk of contracting COVID-19 among residents and staff of long-term care facilities. The Phase 3 trial was conducted in partnership with the NIH”s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN). … Continued

‘Why I’m still alive’: A patient’s gratitude, two decades later

January 13, 2021

In the summer of 2001, Shani Morgan was a few months pregnant and in prison, where she learned that she had HIV. She’d been sent from jail to Bragg Street Women’s Prison in Raleigh for better monitoring and medical treatment. What she remembers most about being treated by her UNC doctor, Becky White, MD, MPH, … Continued

UNC’s infectious diseases program ranked 11th globally

January 4, 2021

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 11th among universities globally for its infectious diseases program. The Best Global Universities rankings, now in their seventh year, focus on academic research, publications and citations, international collaboration, and overall reputation. This is the first time infectious diseases programs have been included … Continued

A Safe Space

December 17, 2020

A collaborative team, drawing in part on experience working with disease outbreaks in Africa, has remarkably transformed UNC’s Medical Intensive Care Unit to treat COVID-19 patients. They’ve demonstrated that it’s possible to provide critical care for patients while keeping providers safe. Like most of us during the pandemic, Billy Fischer, MD, has stayed put the … Continued

Gates Foundation awards UNC Global Women’s Health $6.2 million to study pregnancy outcomes in Zambia

December 9, 2020

UNC Global Women’s Health has received two new grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for work on pregnancy outcomes in Zambia. The first grant funds the “Multi-omics for Mother and Infants (MOMI) Consortium,” which seeks to identify new predictive biomarkers for preterm birth, preeclampsia, stillbirth and fetal growth restriction. UNC Project-Zambia is one … Continued

Three Institute faculty elected IDSA Fellows

December 7, 2020

The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the nation’s leading infectious diseases professional society, has elected the Institute’s Joseph Eron, MD; Anne Lachiewicz, MD, MPH; and Christopher Hurt, MD, to its latest cohort of Fellows of IDSA. As the highest honor in the field of infectious diseases, IDSA fellowships recognize those who have achieved professional excellence … Continued

NIH awards $25 million to UNC’s Global HIV Clinical Trials Unit

November 30, 2020

  The National Institutes of Health has awarded University of North Carolina’s Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases nearly $25 million over seven years to continue operating its Global HIV Clinical Trials Unit, or CTU. The new funding will support HIV treatment and prevention in adults, children and pregnant women at four research sites … Continued

ACTG honors David Wohl, MD, with first Charles van der Horst Humanitarian Award

November 24, 2020

ACTG names second new award for former UNC neurology professor, Kevin Robertson The national AIDS Clinical Trials Group expanded its annual recognition program in 2020 with two new awards named for University of North Carolina faculty members who died in 2019: Charles van der Horst, MD, an infectious diseases physician and researcher, and Kevin Robertson, … Continued

Congolese physician wins Rotary fellowship to study public health

November 19, 2020

The year was 1993. Alexis Mwanza, then 17, found himself huddled on top of a train, fleeing violence in his home town in the Democratic Republic of Congo by leading nine of his family members 500 miles away to Mbuji Mayi. As a displaced refugee in that city, Mwanza watched Red Cross workers and other … Continued

Ciccone wins clinical research award from ASTMH

November 19, 2020

Research looks at leveraging diagnostic technology to improve management of pediatric infections in low-resource settings Emily Ciccone, MD, MHS, a UNC clinical instructor and infectious diseases fellow, recently won first prize in the clinical research award session of the 2020 annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The award recognizes excellence … Continued

Promising COVID-19 drug is part of global study being led by UNC researchers

November 16, 2020

  Last week’s authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency use of bamlanivimab feels like a shot in the arm, so to speak, for David Wohl, MD, a UNC infectious diseases physician and researcher. A monoclonal antibody developed by Eli Lilly to treat mild to moderate COVID-19, bamlanivimab is one of the … Continued