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UNC receives more than $40 for global clinical trials unit to treat and prevent HIV
Date:2/26/2014

and associated illness in adults and children, including tuberculosis and viral hepatitis co-infections. Prevention research will include studies of behavior change, treatment as prevention, pre-exposure prophylaxis, HIV vaccines, and microbicides. Intensive clinical studies to advance a cure for HIV will be a critical focus of the unit.

The UNC Global CTU is led by three co-principal investigators from the UNC School of Medicine: Joseph Eron, MD, professor of medicine; Jeffrey Stringer, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology; and Mina Hosseinipour, MD, MPH, professor of medicine. The CTU is housed in the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases.

Although known for just 30 years, the human immunodeficiency virus has touched every corner of the globe, with 35 million people infected and 25 million lives lost. Not only is HIV a fierce biological opponent, but it is complicated by social factors related to stigma and the disproportionate burden on poor and marginalized populations.

"This disease will not be conquered with single-pronged solutions," said Eron, who also serves as CTU project director. "The complexity of HIV requires a multidisciplinary approach. Our CTU brings together a broad range of leading investigators whose expertise is focused on the greatest disease challenge of our time."

The CTU leadership team also includes site leaders Benjamin Chi, MD, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology (Zambia); Francis Martinson, MD, PhD, research associate professor of medicine (Malawi); Cornelius van Dam, MD, clinical assistant professor of medicine (Greensboro); David Wohl, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine (Chapel Hill); international operations director Irving Hoffman, PA, MPH, professor of medicine; and Cheryl Marcus, BSN, CTU coordinator and clinical research director.


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Contact: Lisa Chensvold
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University of North Carolina Health Care
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