Training support

The UNC ID trainees are supported from a variety of revenue streams, including clinical income, hospital contracts and individual research grants and contracts. The most significant source of funding, however, is NIH training grants, which are organized programs designed to help trainees develop as independent investigators.

  • UNC-NIH Pathogenesis Training Program in Infectious Diseases (Director, David Margolis, four postdoctoral positions): This training grant is now in its 37th year of funding. MD and PhD trainees are guided by a mentor in the broad fields of microbial pathogenesis and epidemiology. This program provides research training in molecular and epidemiological processes critical to microbial and viral pathogenesis.
  • UNC-NIH AIDS and STD Training Program (Director, Bill Miller): Now in its 37th year of funding, this program provides MD and PhD trainees and predoctoral students with research opportunities in the broad area of AIDS and STDs. Training includes basic and epidemiologic research.
  • NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellows Program (Director, Charles van der Horst): The FGHFP is a consortium of UNC, Johns Hopkins, Tulane and Morehead that places advanced trainees (post-MD or PhD) at one of 22 international training sites around the world for one year of research and training in infectious or non-communicable diseases.
  • North Carolina Collaborative Clinical Pharmacology T32 Postdoctoral Training Program (Director, Kim Brouwer): This is a multidisciplinary, collaborative training program to prepare clinician-scientists for academic, industrial, or regulatory careers in clinical pharmacology and antibiotic stewardship.
  • Preventive Medicine Residency (Director, Deborah Porterfield): This medical specialty focuses on the promotion, protection, and maintenance of health and well-being, the prevention of disease and disability, and premature death of individuals.   The two years consist of course work leading to an MPH degree and a supervised series of experiences in preventive medicine and public health. Physicians trained in preventive medicine pursue a variety of career opportunities such as work within federal, state or local public health agencies. Successful completion of this training allows residents to apply for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.
  • Training in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (TIDE). (Director, Steven Meshnick): Trainees are supported in interdisciplinary research to better understand infectious diseases and their public health impacts in both developed and developing countries, and intersects with disciplines such as genomics and geography.  There are three research areas: Vector-borne Diseases, Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases, and STD/HIV.