Africa News

New Findings on Genes, Hypertension Highlight Importance of Studying Populations with African Ancestry

A recent study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill identified three novel genomic regions related to hypertension susceptibility in individuals with African ancestry. While individuals of African descent suffer a disproportionate burden of hypertension and its complications, they historically have been underrepresented in genetic studies. This new finding underscores the importance of… Read more »

UNC Gillings Co-Hosts Conference to Advance Implementation Science

Implementation science is, at its core, about solving problems. On May 4, students, faculty and researchers from across the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill came together with representatives from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa and King’s College London to share experiences with developing academic programs in implementation science. To… Read more »

Study Reveals Limitations of Maternal Health Services for Deaf Women in Cape Town

A recent study of the experiences of deaf women seeking maternity healthcare services in Cape Town, South Africa found reports of linguistic barriers and mistreatment. Margaret W. Gichane, doctoral student of health behavior in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is lead author of the article, “‘They must understand we are people’: Pregnancy… Read more »

Artists Reunite to Design Signage for UNC Project-Malawi Addition

Before stepping foot into its new academic and laboratory facility, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Project-Malawi’s mission is evident thanks to a newly erected, intricately carved sign. “There is a microscope, a stethoscope, a book and intertwined hands to show research, clinical care, training and collaboration,” said Michael Kapalamula, a Malawian artist who… Read more »

Eight Students Receive Class of 1938 Award

April 17, 2017

Eight undergraduates at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill received the Class of 1938 Summer Project Abroad Fellowships for research abroad in summer 2017. The students were chosen based on the quality of their proposals, financial need and personal, academic and professional purpose. Each student will receive $5,000. The awardees were chosen by… Read more »

Gillings Researchers Find Further Evidence That Bats May Be Evolutionary Source of MERS

The evolutionary origins of Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) coronavirus (MERS-CoV) are unknown, but a collaborative team including researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health has found new evidence to support the hypothesis that the virus originated in bat populations. In the new findings co-authored by… Read more »