UNC infectious disease fellow awarded minority scholarship to join domestic battle against the spread of HIV

UNC infectious disease fellow awarded minority scholarship to join domestic battle against the spread of HIV click to enlarge Yvonne Carter, MD

March 24, 2010 -- Yvonne Carter, MD, is one of six scholars from under-represented minority communities to be awarded funding for HIV prevention research from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN).  Carter is a third-year infectious disease fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

The funding is provided through a training supplement from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support the professional development of investigators early in their career.  "The HPTN Award is an amazing opportunity for someone like me, a young investigator who is eager to apply her clinical and epidemiologic training and establish herself in the field," Carter said. 

Dr. Carter received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency.  Her research focuses on the epidemiology of HIV within minority populations.

Recipients of the award will work at six different NIH-funded clinical research sites around the country.  Carter is joining the ISIS project, a two-year study which aims to estimate the overall incidence of HIV in at-risk women in the United States.  "My plan is to study what barriers exist to HIV testing among African-American women," Carter said. 

Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH is UNC co-investigator for the ISIS project and Carter's mentor. "This is a real honor - a recognition of Yvonne Carter's potential as an independent investigator," said Adimora, who is also professor of medicine at UNC.

This is the first year that the HPTN has supported this program.  "This experience will undoubtedly serve as a launching pad to many other research endeavors," Carter said.