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Dispatch from Guinea: Containing Ebola
UNC’s Dr. William Fischer II has been working in an isolation area in Gueckedou, Guinea, since May 28, 2014, as part of a team from Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF) to try to help reduce mortality from Ebola Virus in rural communities. Dr. Fischer was recruited by the World Health Organization (WHO) because of his critical care medicine expertise. With Dr. Fischer’s permission, we are posting his descriptive emails, that give insight into the experience of a frontline effort to contain the deadly pathogen.
Located in News / 2014 / June
Caring for Children in Haiti: 2014
Joshua Alexander, MD, director of pediatric rehabilitation at the N.C. Children’s Hospital and associate professor at UNC Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, will be caring once again for disabled children at the Zanmi Beni Orphanage in Haiti this May, along with Timothy Sanford, MD, a medical resident in PM&R. Zanmi Beni was created to care for physically and/or mentally handicapped orphans, who were displaced by the devastating earthquake in January 2010.
Located in Vital Signs / 2014 / March 27
UNC’s Wilkinson featured on Public Radio International
UNC OB-GYN Jeff Wilkinson was recently featured on the Public Radio International series "The Ninth Month" for his work surgically repairing fistula in Malawi.
Located in Vital Signs / 2014 / March 27
UNC receives more than $40 million from NIH for global clinical trials unit to treat and prevent HIV
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a seven-year, more than $40 million award from the National Institutes of Health for a clinical trials unit that will implement the scientific agendas of five NIH networks devoted to HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and cure research.
Located in News / 2014 / February
UNC researchers discover new target for dengue virus vaccine
By re-engineering a tiny chain of amino acids in one type of dengue virus, Ralph Baric and Aravinda de Silva discover a new path toward solving the dengue vaccine dilemma. The research has the potential to transform vaccine development for other diseases, including SARS and HIV.
Located in News / 2014 / February
Corbett continues quest for dengue fever vaccine
In this new series, we profile graduate students who conduct research in labs across the UNC School of Medicine. First up is Kizzmekia Corbett, who received an off-campus dissertation fellowship from the UNC Graduate School to travel to Sri Lanka. Corbett will collect blood samples to search for a specific antibody response to the dengue virus, a key step in creating a vaccine for the world's most widespread mosquito-borne disease.
Located in News / 2014 / February
Dr. Charles A. Sanders/Project HOPE International Residency Scholarship Program
Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian assistance organization, is now accepting applications for the 2014 Dr. Charles A. Sanders/Project HOPE International Residency Scholarship funded by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.
Located in Vital Signs / 2014 / Jan. 30
Center for Infectious Diseases and Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases merge
The UNC Center for Infectious Diseases and Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases have merged under the institute name to create a single, unified global health organization.
Located in Vital Signs / 2014 / Jan. 16
Garcia recognized for outstanding scientific achievement
The award recognizes outstanding scientific achievement by a minority scientist and is presented by the Minority Affairs Committee of the ASCB.
Located in News / 2013 / November
Going Global
Since 2009, the Office of International Activities (OIA) has provided critical support to medical students in pursuit of international electives in global health. With burgeoning interest in global health among students and residents in recent years, the OIA has never been busier.
Located in Vital Signs / 2013 / October 31