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Dr. Linda Van Le Presents at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Conference

April 2, 2024

Linda Van Le, MD, the Leonard Palumbo Distinguished Professor in the Division of Gyn Oncology, served as moderator for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, March 7-10. Van Le gave two presentations, focused on elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem and the need for cancer treatment worldwide. “Global Health Without … Read more

Long Covid Is Real: Researchers Seek Participants for NIH Study Trial During Long Covid Awareness Month

March 26, 2024

March is Long COVID Awareness Month, marking four years since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. But while much of society has moved on from masking, quarantining, and isolating, there are many who are managing health problems long after having COVID-19.  Researchers at the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases are participating in the NIH Phase 2 Recover-Vital trial to … Read more

UNC Researchers Lead HPV Research and Global Cancer Scientific Session at the EUROGIN International Multidisciplinary HPV Congress in Stockholm 

March 26, 2024

UNC researchers in cervical cancer prevention, members of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, filled the agenda at a recent scientific session for the EUROGIN International Multidisciplinary HPV Conference in Stockholm, Sweden.       EUROGIN’s U.S. Chair Jennifer S. Smith, PhD, professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings … Read more

IAMIGHID: Amy James Loftis

March 25, 2024

In November 2020, Amy James Loftis was hyper-focused on keeping the Carolina community safe, building UNC’s COVID Surveillance Lab in three short months before the return of students. But there were many years leading up to that moment. Often described as the Institute’s secret weapon in the fight against global health disease, Amy travels around … Read more

Hepatitis B Elimination in sub-Saharan Africa: Peyton Thompson Leads Kinshasa-based Research Team Paving the Way For Virus-Free Generations

March 25, 2024

As the World Health Organization pushes to eradicate the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) by 2030, preventing vertical transmission is key, says Peyton Thompson, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. But despite widespread availability of effective childhood vaccines, HBV remains endemic throughout sub-Saharan Africa, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). “Many of the … Read more

Claire Karasek Joins Institute As ID Fellowship Coordinator

March 25, 2024

Claire Karasek, MHA, will serve as the ID Fellowship coordinator this summer, assisting in the preparation of training grant renewals managed by the Institute’s Fellowship and Training Programs Office. Claire completed her undergraduate B.S. degree in Biology at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009. After graduation, she performed prenatal genetic testing and was a Research Assistant in the … Read more

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

Chemtai Mungo Interviewed During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January 31, 2024

During Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Chemtai Mungo, MD, MPH, FACOG, a member of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, was interviewed by Cancer Nursing Today, describing the role nurses can play in prevention and treatment. “Nurses interface with patients—women and men—throughout our health system,” she said … 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