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Division of Infectious Diseases

Sarah Rutstein, MD, PhD

November 24, 2021

Rutstein awarded NC TraCS pilot grant for characterizing long-acting injectable antiretroviral therapy

Third year ID fellow Sarah Rutstein, MD, PhD (co-I Farel, Go, Napravnik) was awarded a $50K pilot grant from the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS). NC TraCS supports and funds translational research to improve the health of North Carolina communities. The institute’s Translational Research Matched Pilot Program encourages novel clinical and …


September 29, 2021

Parr, Senior Author of Study That Shows Plasmodium Falciparum Evolving to Escape Malaria Rapid Diagnostics in Africa

A major tool against malaria in Africa has been the use of rapid diagnostic tests, which have been part of the “test-treat-track” strategy in Ethiopia, the second most-populated country in Africa. But researchers studying blood samples from more than 12,000 individuals in Ethiopia now estimate these tests missed nearly 10% of malaria cases caused by …

Jessica Lin, MD, MSCR

August 30, 2021

Novel CRISPR-Based Malaria Diagnostic Capable of Plasmodium Detection, Species Differentiation, and Drug-Resistance Genotyping

CRISPR-based diagnostics are a new class of highly sensitive and specific assays with multiple applications in infectious disease diagnosis. SHERLOCK, or Specific High-Sensitivity Enzymatic Reporter UnLOCKing, is one such CRISPR-based diagnostic that combines recombinase polymerase pre-amplification, CRISPR-RNA base-pairing, and LwCas13a activity for nucleic acid detection. Researchers from the division of infectious diseases recently developed SHERLOCK assays …


August 27, 2021

Wohl Discusses Pfizer’s FDA Approval, the Strain On Area Hospitals, the New Covid Variant, and When To Expect a ‘Covid Normalcy’

Wohl Hopes FDA Approval Will Encourage Vaccinations David Wohl, MD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, talked with about the FDA giving fully approval to Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine. “I think this helps for those people who are on the fence,” said Wohl. “Here’s another reason, another thing to think about in …


August 26, 2021

‘Breakthrough’ Infections Increasing in NC, But Vaccinated People Much Less Likely to Be Hospitalized, Die

Nearly one-fifth of the coronavirus infections reported in North Carolina during the first half of August were in people already fully vaccinated, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services. A report recognizes that while there is stable and highly effective protection against hospitalizations and severe outcomes for people who are fully …