About the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP)
The mission of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) is to initiate and promote translational NeuroAIDS research through the development, coordination and realization of multi-disciplinary studies.
The HNRP serves as the umbrella organization that provides broad scientific and programmatic leadership for multi-disciplinary research programs related to the neurocognitive and psychiatric impact of HIV/AIDS. As part of its leadership role, the HNRP stimulates and helps coordinate interdisciplinary collaborative research at the local, regional, national, and international levels, and also serves as a resource for consultation, training and career development for investigators working in HIV/AIDS and mental health.
The HNRP greatly facilitates research progress by identifying and broadly encouraging work on important topics, and by offering potential investigators (a) multidisciplinary consultation and training, (b) coordinated access to data and biological specimens from existing HIV+ and HIV- cohorts, and (c) state-of-the-art expertise with statistics, data management, and recruiting of new participant groups to meet specific needs of the proposed investigation. The HNRP also supports information exchange among investigators and trainees via web based resources including access to project reports, links to recent literature and conference materials, webcasts, and support for video conferencing.
The success of this approach is evident by number and breadth of federal, state, and industry funded projects associated with the HNRP, including two NIH funded research centers: HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC, funded by NIMH), the Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center (TMARC, funded by NIDA), and other major research programs such as the California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network (CNTN), CNS HIV Antiretroviral Treatment Effects Research (CHARTER), and the Cognitive Intervention Trial (CIT). In addition, there are close to 100 extramurally-funded studies that are supported through the HNRP-associated centers and related programs, many of which are multi-institutional and multi-site studies projects.