UNC-Chapel Hill chosen as Global Network site

UNC, Kinshasha School of Public Health to lead project to reduce malnutrition among infants in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, led by Carl Bose, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, were selected by the NIH as a Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research. UNC is the eighth Global Network site located in the United States. Dr. Bose, a neonatal-perinatal medicine specialist, will serve as principal investigator, and Melissa Bauserman, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health, will serve as co-investigator. The UNC team will collaborate with Antoinette Tshefu, MD, of the Kinshasa School of Public Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to improve the health of women and children.

The team will organize a multi-national study to identify and treat intestinal parasites to reduce malnutrition and its effects in early infancy. Malnutrition is a serious public health issue in the DRC, resulting in stunted growth, impaired neurodevelopment and a number of long-term health problems in children.

The longstanding partnership between UNC and the Kinshasa School of Public Health has been highly productive in a wide range of hospital and community-based research studies in the DRC, which made the collaboration an ideal candidate for the Global Network.

“This is a tremendous honor and achievement for Dr. Bose and the entire team, “said Wesley Burks, MD, Curnen Distinguished Professor and Chair of UNC’s Department of Pediatrics.

The Global Network currently operates in seven domestic sites and seven international sites in six countries around the world. The Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research was conceived in 2001 as a public-private partnership between the NIH and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in response to the alarming rates of morbidity and mortality in women and children and the lack of research expertise and infrastructure in the developing world.

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