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Published on September 26, 2008

Contact: Julie Monzo
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7538
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North Carolina Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian

Heng Hong, MD, PhD, FCAP, received grant to provide universal HIV screening tests for pregnant women in a remote area in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

NORTHFIELD, ILL. — Heng Hong, MD, PhD, FCAP, of Greenville, N.C., was one of five recipients of the 2008 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award recognized at a ceremony held on Sept. 27, 2008, in San Diego at CAP ’08 — The Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP Foundation’s Humanitarian Grant Program provides grants to members of the College, which are used to fund pathology and medical services to underprivileged patients in an underdeveloped area of the world. This grant will support Dr. Hewan-Lowe’s plan to provide diabetic screening and testing to diabetic residents of eastern North Carolina.

The CAP Foundation’s Humanitarian Grant Program provides grants to members of the College, which are used to fund pathology and medical services to underprivileged patients in an underdeveloped area of the world.

This grant will allow Dr. Hong and pathologists at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., to collaborate with Dr. Yuping Sun at Xinjiang Medical University in China through the Red Cross Society of Altay Prefecture in Xinjiang, China, to provide universal HIV screening tests for all pregnant women in Burqin and Jeminay Counties of Altay Prefecture. Funding is needed to purchase Determine® HIV-1/2 test kits from Inverness Medical Professional Diagnostics’ Shanghai Office, to prepare multilingual educational material, and to cover expenses for Dr. Sun to travel to these two counties to provide local supervision.

“The CAP Foundation Humanitarian Grant will provide us an opportunity to help the fight against HIV in this remote area of China,” said Dr. Hong. “The incidence of HIV infection in China has increased dramatically in recent years. Currently 37 percent of reported Chinese HIV cases were in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Despite the efforts of Chinese government and international groups, many remote areas of Xinjiang still need more help in the prevention and treatment of HIV infection.”

Dr. Hong received his medical degree at the Shanghai Medical University in China, and earned his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles. His medical residency in anatomic and clinical pathology was completed at Indiana University, and cytopathology fellowship was completed at the Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C.

Dr. Hong is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He previously served as a research assistant in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Southern California, and as an associate researcher and research assistant at the Shanghai Institute of Biological Products in Shanghai, China.

He is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, as well as in the subspecialty of Cytopathology. In addition to the CAP, Dr. Hong is an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.

The College of American Pathologists Foundation promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of pathology services to patients and expand medical research and funding of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Research Fellowship Program.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

 

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