Professor Adaora Adimora named to "The Root 100" list of top African-American leaders

Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, professor of medicine in the School of Medicine and clinical professor of epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected by The Root magazine as one of the top 100 African-American leaders.

Founded and edited by Harvard University professor of African and African-American Studies Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root is a daily online magazine that aims to provide news commentary from a variety of black perspectives. "The Root 100" is a new honor that highlights the leadership and service of African-American men and women whose work impacts their communities and the world.

Adimora, who received a medical degree from Yale University and a Master of Public Health from UNC's public health school, was honored for her research in HIV/AIDS. She has researched the spread of HIV in minority communities and attributed the rapid spread of the virus to poverty and racism.

In 2008 Adimora told a U.S. Congressional committee that AIDS in black men represents a national emergency. Black men account for more than half of all AIDS deaths, and about 45 percent of new diagnoses.

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