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Photos courtesy of Caroline Melhado.

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 »

From left to right: Olivia Holder, Mailiis Law, Michael Purello, Emily Swink, Madelynn Lewis, Philip Wilson, Griffin Bell, Mitchell Ryan

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 »

Bellington Vwalika and Ben Chi

Maternal and Infant Outcomes Improve at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia

April 11, 2017

New research shows that maternal and infant outcomes are steadily improving at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, a hospital with which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a long-standing partnership. Bellington Vwalika, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Zambia School of Medicine… Read more »


Global Women’s Health Faculty Partner with Dikembe Mutombo Foundation on Cervical Cancer Screenings

April 7, 2017

Cervical cancer is the number-one cause of cancer-related death for African women. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill OB-GYN faculty working in Africa recently partnered with the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation on the first-ever public cervical-cancer screening event in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, screening more than 2,000 women for the disease. The foundation sponsored… Read more »

Left to right are GillingsX presenters Amy Shipow, Diego Garza, Alexis Hoyt, Kate LeMasters, Zainab Alidina, Eric Rubenstein and student moderator Hill Winstead.

Fourth Annual GillingsX Talks Showcased Students’ Global Health Work

Six students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health gave presentations about their global health research experiences during the fourth annual GillingsX talks on March 23. About 120 people attended the event. The event, hosted by Gillings’ Student Global Health Committee (SGHC), is modeled after the Technology, Entertainment… Read more »