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Archin receives mentoring award

June 8, 2022

Nancie Archin, PhD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, recently received a mentoring award from the Office of Graduate Education’s Biological & Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP). Former MD/PhD student Shane Falcinelli nominated Archin for the award. “Nancie is the kind of mentor whose door is always open…. and encourages the hearts … Continued

Boyce publishes opinion article in response to ruling on lawsuit against the IDSA

June 7, 2022

On September 20, 2021, a federal judge in Texas dismissed all claims against the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) brought by a group of patients with Lyme disease. The lawsuit alleged that the IDSA and other defendants had “engaged in a decades-long conspiracy to deny the existence and prevent treatment of chronic Lyme disease.” … Continued

Access to HIV care varies across NC jails, study finds

June 7, 2022

People with HIV have a high rate of ending up behind bars, but even though the diagnosis is common among people in county jails, it’s hard to know the kind of care these patients receive while they’re detained due to a lack of research. David Rosen, PhD, MD, MPH, authored a recent study that attempts to … Continued

Davy-Mendez, Schranz review access to medications for opioid use disorder, for people with HIV, recognizing gaps in coverage by state AIDS drug assistance programs

June 7, 2022

A study by Thibaut Davy-Mendez, PhD, MSPH, and Asher Schranz, MD, MPH, assistant professors of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, looked at access to medications for opioid use disorder (OUD) for people with HIV and recognized how the harms associated with OUD have intensified in recent years, particularly for people who inject drugs. … Continued

Researchers evaluate diagnostic testing landscape for tick-borne disease in the Southeast

May 17, 2022

Tick-borne diseases (TBD) including Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis (SFGR), ehrlichiosis, and increasingly Lyme disease, represent a substantial public health concern throughout much of the Southeastern United States. North Carolina experiences some of the highest rates of SFGR and ehrlichiosis in the United States, often accounting for more than of 10% and 5% of cases reported to the … Continued

STD Awareness in April: Infectious Disease Experts Are Working to Advance the Development of Vaccines for Sexually Transmitted Infections

April 20, 2022

During April, STD Awareness provides an opportunity to talk about STIs and encourage individuals to be proactive about their sexual health and promotes regular STI/HIV screening and testing. Although research in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) has evolved rapidly on multiple fronts, a critical remaining challenge is the development of safe and effective vaccines for diseases that pose … Continued

García Receives ISAR’s 2022 Diversity Speaker Award

April 7, 2022

J. Victor García-Martinez, PhD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and Director of the International Center for the Advancement of Translational Science was keynote lecturer at the 35th International Conference on Antiviral Research (ICAR) last month. During the conference he was presented the second 2022 Diversity Speaker … Continued

Does a Mask Protect You If No One Else Is Wearing One?

March 10, 2022

As schools and cities and counties begin to drop their mask mandates, some people are rushing to take the masks off, but others still want that protection. So how effective is your mask if you’re the only person wearing one? Dr. Emily Sickbert-Bennett, associate professor of infectious diseases and director of infection prevention at UNC Medical … Continued

Margolis Elected Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science

January 26, 2022

David Margolis, MD, Sarah Graham Keenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology & Immunology, Epidemiology, has been elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The prestigious honor recognizes distinguished contributions to the field of virology, particularly for making key discoveries on the mechanisms of HIV latency and devising new strategies to … Continued