Caregivers at Carolina announces support for new award recipient

The Caregivers at Carolina: Support for Physician Scientists Program has announced Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, as the latest recipient of funding support.

Caregivers at Carolina announces support for new award recipient click to enlarge Jonathan Parr, MD, MPH

The Caregivers at Carolina Program was launched in 2016 and works to support and retain physician scientists in research who face substantial caregiving demands at home. The program is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and led by Susan Girdler, PhD, and Amelia Drake, MD.

Parr’s research focuses on the infectious diseases of poverty, including malaria and viral hepatitis. Funding from the Caregivers at Carolina project will support Parr’s work on the study of malaria parasites which possess a genetic mutation that makes them undetectable by common rapid diagnostics. Parr and colleagues in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Ecology Laboratory (IDEEL) and the Kinshasa School of Public Health recently described two clusters of these parasites in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  He served on a WHO technical consultation convened to address increasing reports of these parasites and continues to collaborate with the WHO to support surveillance efforts. Parr is working with partners in the DRC and Ethiopia to provide lab support for two large, ongoing studies of these parasites, launched with funding from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

Parr is the seventh scholar to receive support from the Caregivers at Carolina Program. In addition to funding, the program is meant to facilitate professional development and networking opportunities for all early career physician scientists facing substantial caregiving demands.

For questions about the program you may contact the Program Directors, Amelia_Drake@med.unc.edu or Susan_Girdler@med.unc.edu.         

 

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