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UNC’s Gillings Gift Opens Training Opportunities at Institut Pasteur

A new collaboration between the Institut Pasteur, in Paris, and the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health will provide postdoctoral training opportunities for UNC students, thanks to a gift from Drs. Dennis and Mireille Gillings.

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[Photo: Drs. Mireille and Dennis Gillings (right) are benefactors of a fellowship at Institut Pasteur, which were won by UNC doctoral students Ms. Patsy Polston (top left) and Ms. Many Nadimpalli (bottom left)]

The Gillingses’ gift to the Pasteur Foundation, the U.S. affiliate of Institut Pasteur, will create prestigious two-year fellowships designed to “acknowledge and advance the best of the next generation of public health leaders.”

The collaboration was announced November 7 at a special ceremony at the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion, in Raleigh, NC. Also announced were the inaugural fellowship winners, Ms. Patsy Polston and Dr. Maya Nadimpalli, doctoral students in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC.

Based in Paris and founded by Louis Pasteur in 1887, Institut Pasteur is one of the world’s leading private nonprofit centers for scientific research including immunology, molecular biology, and the neurosciences. Established in 1891, Institut Pasteur’s international network comprises a multinational team of scientists and includes 32 research institutes on five continents.

Dr. Mireille Gillings is founder, chair and chief executive officer of HUYA Bioscience International, a leader in accelerating global development of novel pharmaceutical product opportunities originating in China. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Radboud University, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and is the first woman to be appointed to the board of Quintiles. Gillings is co-founder and vice-chair of GHO Capital and serves on the Institut Pasteur Institute advisory board.

Dr. Dennis B. Gillings, PhD founded Quintiles in 1982 and is a leading pioneer of the contract research organization industry. He is executive chair of Quintiles and also served as chief executive officer. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics from the University of Exeter, and for more than 15 years, he served as professor of biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University in 2001. In 2004, Gillings was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and in 2014 was appointed World Dementia Envoy by U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron.