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Using Collaboration to Fight a Tricky Tick-Borne Disease

November 22, 2022

Alpha-Gal Syndrome, or AGS, is a recently identified tick-borne disease that triggers an allergy to red meat and other products made from mammals, including cheese, gelatin, and medications like heparin. Since its discovery in 2009, cases in the United States alone have risen from 24 to >40,000 people, owing to the geographic spread of the … Continued

The Complex Challenges of COVID-19 Prevention Among Jails in the South

November 16, 2022

Since the start of the pandemic, people in jail have faced an inequitably high risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Overcrowding and lack of hygiene supplies have left jail populations particularly vulnerable to outbreaks, while frequent population turnover has made it difficult to prevent and track the spread of new variants. In addition, racial incarceration disparities and … Continued

Emily Duberman Leads With Compassion, Providing Patients With Tools that Empower

November 3, 2022

Social workers promote individual and community wellbeing, supporting people through some of life’s most difficult challenges, and this includes Emily Duberman, LCSW, CHES, the Ryan White Lead Social Worker at the UNC Eastowne Infectious Diseases Clinic. Read how Emily came to work in infectious diseases and what she finds particularly gratifying about her work with patients. … Continued

Dr. Boyce Receives Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine

October 7, 2022

Ross Boyce, MD, MSc, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Epidemiology, has been selected as one of the recipients of the Jefferson-Pilot Fellowships in Academic Medicine. This award is given to exceptional UNC School of Medicine (SOM) junior faculty. “I am honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Boyce. “I … Continued

IGHID Investigators Discuss Projects As New Academic Year Begins

September 1, 2022

Global health research is a collaborative process, and each researcher at the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases contributes a piece to solving the puzzle of disease and morbidity. With a new academic year underway, read what some of our investigators are working on to improve the health of global populations. Their multi-disciplinary findings will be … Continued

Sustained Efficacy of Long-Acting Cabotegravir for PrEP Among Cisgender Women – Findings from HPTN 084 Study

August 31, 2022

Researchers from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) presented updated results from the HPTN 084 long-acting cabotegravir (CAB) for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) study at the AIDS 2022 conference in Montreal. New findings show reductions in HIV incidence were sustained in the 12 months following trial unblinding (November 5, 2020, through November 5, 2021). Read more.

Addressing Racism’s Role in the US HIV Epidemic: Qualitative Findings from Three “Ending the HIV Epidemic” Prevention Projects

August 31, 2022

Researchers from the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Center for Health Equity Research reviewed qualitative data from three “Ending the HIV Epidemic” (EHE) projects, published in the July issue of Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (JAIDS). In the article, Kate Muessig, PhD, associate professor … Continued

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

August 2, 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