History and Mission


 

Preventing and treating infectious diseases represents an ongoing challenge. We live in balance with microbes and parasites, many of which are capable of causing disease. In addition, emerging infections are caused by antibiotic-resistant microbes or species with recently acquired pathogenic potential. Maintaining awareness and developing effective treatments of these infections require coordinated research efforts.

The study of infectious diseases requires a different approach than other acquired or hereditary diseases. There is no possibility of eliminating infectious diseases; microorganisms will continue to evolve and produce disease. Therefore, the best strategy is to combine efforts for understanding evolution, prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. The Division of Infectious Diseases at UNC represents many scientists with different approaches who are all united in this common goal.

Our mission is to advance clinical care, education, and research in infectious diseases.