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UNC-Chapel Hill Hosts Health Officials from Guangzhou

The UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases welcomed six top health officials from the Guangzhou Eighth People’s Hospital in Guangzhou, China. The delegation traveled to the United States to meet with infectious diseases specialists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to discuss strengthening established research ties to allow the Chinese site to… Read more »

NIH Grant to Provide Doctoral Training to Nicaraguan Researchers

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year $1.2 million grant to support training Nicaraguan researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Nicaragua, León (UNAN-León). The Nicaraguan Emerging and Endemic Diseases (NEED) Training Program will: provide Ph.D. training in infectious disease epidemiology at UNC-Chapel Hill… Read more »

Emily Gower

Emily Gower Seeks to Prevent Blindness from the US to Ethiopia and Tanzania

Emily Gower is an associate professor in epidemiology and ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her international research focus involves improving trichiasis surgery outcomes for people with trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. In the United States, she researches diabetic retinopathy, which also causes blindness but is 99 percent… Read more »

Celeste Brown

Tanzanian Training Shows Medical Student Celeste A. Brown Universal Health Barriers

Celeste A. Brown is a fourth-year medical student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and will begin her residency in obstetrics-gynecology at Carolina in June. Celeste traveled to Tanzania and Mozambique for a one-month emergency medicine rotation, and below she shares a global perspective on the state of healthcare and medical education… Read more »

Research from UNC Project-Malawi’s Cecilia Kanyama Prompts Change in WHO Guidelines

Cecilia Kanyama is an internal medicine physician and infectious diseases researcher with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine’s UNC Project-Malawi. She also teaches at the University of Malawi College of Medicine. She was recently part of a research team investigating cryptococcal meningitis. Their results prompted the World Health Organization to change its… Read more »

Researchers Identify Patterns of HIV Risk Among People Who Inject Drugs in Vietnam

People who inject drugs (PWID) in Vietnam are disproportionately affected by HIV. While HIV prevalence among the general population aged 15-49 is 0.4 percent, the prevalence of HIV among people who inject drugs is a staggering 11 percent, according to UNAIDS. In an effort to combat new infections among PWID, researchers at the University of… Read more »