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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

Wohl discusses risks associated with dropping mask mandate on public transit

April 20, 2022

UNC-Chapel Hill infectious disease specialist Dr. David Wohl talked about the risks involved with dropping the mask mandate on public transit, in response to a federal judge’s decision. “When people are eating and drinking, I don’t even drink. I wait,” he said. “I’ll wait till everyone’s done. And then I will take off my mask … 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

Hannah Little Named Associate Chair in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

March 28, 2022

Hannah Little, MHA, who currently serves as Associate Chief for Administration for the Division of Infectious Diseases Medicine and the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Medicine, has been named the Associate Chair for Administration in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. [Read more]

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

Fading Hope of Herd Immunity, Omicron May Be Nearing Peak, and Vaccines On the Way–Do We Need Them? Dr. David Wohl Discusses These Topics In News the Week of January 14 – January 20

January 24, 2022

David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, was a featured expert in the following news stories about COVID, the week of January 14 – January 20. How Omicron Highlights Fading Hope of Herd Immunity from COVID – (KSFO-AM) May be nearing Omicron peak, UNC doctor says; so what’s next? – … Continued