Barrington named Latin America Projects Director at the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases

Clare Barrington, PhD, will lead international and domestic activities in Latino health.

Clare Barrington, PhD, has been named the new Latin America Projects Director at the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases (IGHID) at UNC.  Barrington has cultivated research partnerships and mentored students in Latin America since she joined the faculty at UNC in 2008.

Barrington, who is assistant professor in the department of health behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has comprehensive global health research experience in Latin America, “which is an area that [UNC] needs to strengthen,” said Peggy Bentley, associate director of IGHID. In addition to her research on HIV among female sex workers and their regular partners in the Dominican Republic, Barrington has led or collaborated on projects in Guatemala, El Salvador and Cuba.

“I am looking forward to building on IGHID's foundation of work in the Latin American/Caribbean region through expansion of my own research as well as developing new collaborations,” Barrington said. “There are immense opportunities in the region for high impact research addressing infectious diseases as well as chronic and degenerative conditions."

Most recently, Barrington has begun conducting HIV-related research among the Mexican immigrant population in North Carolina, in part with funding from the UNC Center for AIDS Research and Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. In her leadership role at IGHID, Barrington wants to expand research activities with Latinos in our state.

Barrington succeeds Pia MacDonald, who left UNC for Social and Scientific Systems in Durham in early 2012. Barrington joins two additional area directors at IGHID, Mamie Sackey-Harris (Africa) and Joe Tucker (China).

Barrington hopes to use her time at the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases to “cultivate new interdisciplinary initiatives to promote public health research, practice, and training opportunities.” She has identified UNC’s Institute for the Study of the Americas as a critical partner in those efforts.

“Recruiting Clare Barrington to the Department of Health Behavior, as part of the institute’s goal to increase global health faculty across campus, continues to be a big win for Carolina and for Clare,” said Bentley.

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Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases contact: Lisa Chensvold 919-843-5719 or lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu

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