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A six-member delegation from China consisting of Guangdong Provincial Health and Family Planning Commission, Southern Medical University, Dermatology Hospital of Southern Medical University officials paid a visit to UNC and the NIH from April 4th to 6th, 2017.

During their visit to the UNC, the delegation met with representatives of different units including Dr. Ron Strauss (Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer at UNC), Dr. Wesley Burks (Executive Dean for the UNC School of Medicine), Dr. Myron Cohen (Associate Vice Chancellor for Medial Affairs and Global Health),Dr. Jim Herrington (Executive Director of the UNC Global Gateway), Dr. Kate Muessig (UNC Department of Health Behavior), Dr. Amanda Corbett (Infectious Diseases Associate Director of Global Engagement and Global Pharmacology Coordinator), and Dr. Arlene Seña (Associate Professor of Medicine). The main purpose of the meeting was to review the existing partnerships with Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases at UNC, to discuss how to maintain and improve the current partnership, and to explore new collaborations in the areas of HIV/AIDS prevention between UNC and China.

The delegation also visited the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of NIH. They met with Dr. Ken Bridbord (Acting Division of International Relations Director of FIC) and Dr. Carolyn Deal (the head of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases Branch of NIAID). During the meeting, the Chinese Delegates discussed the potential opportunities for the sustaining of UNC-South China Training Center for STI with representatives of NIH, and discussed potential future collaboration.