UNC infectious disease fellow garners two awards to investigate HIV among Latinos

UNC infectious disease fellow garners two awards to investigate HIV among Latinos
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Ann Dennis, MD

June 24, 2010 – Ann Dennis, MD, has been awarded the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences (TraCS) pilot research grant and the Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Virology Award.  Dennis is a second-year infectious disease fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

The NC TraCS pilot grants support the early development of a research idea.  The BMS Virology Award funds up to $20,000 in research-related expenses for one year.  The BMS Virology Award is funded through the biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb and strives to support innovative research on HIV/AIDS, HBV, and cancer.

Dr. Dennis received her medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine.  Her research is focused on studying the epidemiology of HIV among the Latino/Hispanic population of North Carolina.  “Latinos nationwide are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, and by understanding how HIV is spreading in this population, we can design more effective public health intervention programs,” Dennis said.

“Ann’s work is clever, thoughtful and very important,” said Joseph Eron, MD, who directs the clinical core at the UNC Center for AIDS Research and serves as Dennis’ research mentor.  “The HIV epidemic among Latinos in NC is under studied and her work will shed light on an important component of the epidemic in NC,” he said. “Her research will also help us provide better testing opportunities for Latinos and better care for those who have HIV.”