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NICHD Grant Award Enables Researchers To Address Reasons For Vertical Transmission of HIV in Malawi As the Country Pursues Elimination Goals: Integrated Educational Cores Represent the Best of Capacity Building with Malawian Health Leaders

August 15, 2023

Led by Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH, the NIH’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), has funded the project “Preventing Infant Infections with Implementation Science in Malawi.” (PRI3SM). The program, in partnership with the Republic of Malawi’s Ministry of Health, comprises three studies to address gaps in prevention services, striving for elimination of vertical … Read more

A Rare Domestic Resurgence of Malaria Is Circulating in the US

July 5, 2023

The mosquito-borne disease was eliminated here long ago. Now “revenge travel,” global migration, poor public funding—and maybe climate change—could help it come back. At least four people in Florida and one in Texas have been diagnosed with malaria that they must have caught near where they live—because, according to health officials, none of them traveled outside … Read more

5th Annual Malawi Cancer Symposium

June 29, 2023

The Malawi Cancer Program, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, UNC Project Malawi, the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, will be hosting the 5th Annual Malawi Cancer Symposium (MCS 2023). This year’s symposium will be held September 6-7, offering a valuable platform for local and … Read more

Bi-Directional Learning For Health Equity: Urology Surgeon Visits Malawi

June 28, 2023

UNC’s urologic surgery partnership with Malawi started with Charles Mabedi, MD, the sole urologist in Malawi, who received his urology training in Tanzania and came to UNC as a visiting professor in 2017. Since then, Mabedi has been working with Anthony Charles, MD, the Surgical Director for the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases … Read more

Heidi White Named Assistant Director of Office of Global Health Education

June 23, 2023

Heidi White, MIS, has been named the new Assistant Director for the Office of Global Health Education, following the appointment of Dr. Sylvia Becker-Dreps to Director. Heidi joins UNC from Durham Technical Community College, bringing 10 years of experience serving as the Director of International Student Services and Study Abroad and Durham Tech’s Primary Designated School Official (PDSO), … Read more

Why Specialize in Infectious Diseases? The Desire to Practice Has Always Been Infectious, But Perhaps More So Now

June 23, 2023

It’s a rare day when an infectious disease story is not in the news–particularly since COVID-19 turned the world upside down and showed the vulnerability of the human condition to emerging pathogens. The field of infectious diseases is dynamic, often characterized by innovation and heroism.   Christopher Sellers, MD, MPH (UNC ID Fellowship: 2012-2014) is … Read more

Penile HIV Infection is Effectively Prevented by Antiretroviral Treatment

June 12, 2023

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine’s International Center for the Advancement of Translational Science and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases have developed a new approach for the detailed evaluation of HIV infection throughout the entire male genital tract, HIV acquisition via the penis and the efficient prevention of penile HIV infection. … Read more

Pathogens and Pop Culture: An Interview with Dr. Billy Fischer (Part I)

June 11, 2023

Dr. Billy Fischer talks about his experiences with Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevers in an interview with Lauren Sauer, MSc, director of the special pathogens research network at NETEC and associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and Rachel Lookadoo, a public health lawyer and assistant professor at UNMC. Dr. Fischer is … Read more

IAMIGHID: Spotlighting the HIV Cure Team

June 10, 2023

HIV/AIDS has been around for approximately 40 years, but many researchers say the end is in sight. The question is, will it be in our lifetime or just around the corner? This is a spotlight on the HIV CURE Center, comprising approximately 55 researchers and students, featuring David Margolis, MD, the director, Nancie Archin, PhD, a … Read more

UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases Receives NIH R01 Grant to Study the Rise of Drug-Resistant Malaria in Ethiopia

June 9, 2023

Led by Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, with Jon Juliano, MD, MSPH, and researchers in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology Lab (IDEEL), the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases has been awarded a $3.6 million NIH R01 grant to study the rise of drug-resistant malaria in Ethiopia, with partners at the Ethiopian Public Health … Read more

Study Shows Key Role for Human T Cells in the Control of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection

May 24, 2023

Researchers at the UNC School of Medicine’s International Center for the Advancement of Translational Science, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases have demonstrated the important role of human T cells in controlling RSV infection in the absence of an antibody response. Led by J. Victor Garcia, PhD,  Angela … Read more

Kristin Reed Will Lead Office of Fellowships and Training Programs at the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases

May 13, 2023

Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc, director of fellowship programs for the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), announces Kristin Reed has been appointed lead program manager for IGHID’s fellowships and training office, which includes the flagship UJMT Fogarty Global Consortium. “Over the past four years, Kristin has been an important part of IGHID, overseeing … Read more

IAMIGHID: Spotlighting the AMR Collaborators

April 29, 2023

IGHID has a new hub of collaborative work focused on combating antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  Leveraging the Institute’s pan-university framework, the program brings together expertise in basic science, pharmacology, epidemiology, clinical research and environmental studies from schools and departments all across UNC. Led by David van Duin, MD, PhD, Gauri Rao, PharmD, MS, and Brian Conlon, … Read more

‘Global Health’ at Home: ID Fellow Eli Arant Works With David Rosen to Study HIV Care For the Criminally Charged

April 27, 2023

Research capacity building is intrinsic to the work of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID), nurturing trainees here and around the world. Eli Arant, MD, a third-year infectious diseases fellow in the T-32 training program, represents this training at its best, moving the literature forward in an area with limited research. UNC … Read more

La Crosse Encephalitis Virus: Understanding a Rare Mosquito-Borne Disease That Affects Children in the Appalachian Region

April 26, 2023

Ross Boyce MD, MSc, partners with Western Carolina University and Mission Hospital to lay the foundation for effective patient care, prevention and public health awareness–funded by the State of North Carolina through the N.C. Collaboratory. In September of 2022, a 10-year-old in Brevard, North Carolina, complained of intense headaches, chills, fever, and extreme fatigue. Her mother … Read more

UNC School of Medicine’s Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases Receives $2.9 Million Capacity Building Grant for Malaria Surveillance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

April 25, 2023

UNC School of Medicine’s Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases has been awarded a $2.9 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to establish malaria genomic surveillance capacity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Dr. Jonathan Parr is the lead PI, with Dr. Jon Juliano and researchers in the Infectious Disease … Read more

Becker-Dreps Named Office of Global Health Education Director

April 13, 2023

Sylvia Becker-Dreps, MD, MPH, has been named director of the Office of Global Health Education at the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID) and will begin her work in the role on June 1. Becker-Dreps has served as the office’s associate director since 2012. She conducts NIH-funded research in Central America, directs the … Read more

Fogarty Fellow Camille Morgan Studies Hepatitis B Transmission: Learnings Will Inform Prevention Programs to Meet WHO Elimination Goals

March 30, 2023

UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellow Camille Morgan is an MD-PhD candidate working on her PhD in epidemiology. Currently in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), her project applies epidemiological, spatial, and genomic approaches to the largest-known household study of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in Kinshasa, to understand HBV transmission dynamics and drivers … Read more

UNC Project-China’s Visiting Scholars Share Experiences as the Program Prepares for Fourth Cohort

March 28, 2023

The entire global health community—faculty and students alike—benefit from the exceptional diversity and wealth of experiences and perspectives brought by international scholars. And they all share one common goal—enriching the lives of others through learning. Collaborative research between Southern Medical University (SMU) and UNC Chapel Hill remains resilient, despite complex relations between the U.S. and … Read more