HIV Survivors Give Their ‘Last Gift’ In A New San Diego Study

September 11, 2017

Dr. Davey Smith and Susanna Concha-Garcia spoke with KPBS about The Last Gift, a new study at the University of California, San Diego, designed to help understand HIV reservoirs. The Last Gift Project works closely with the long-standing, California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network (CNTN)– the CNTN has been enrolling participants for tissue donation studies for almost 20 years. The Last Gift complements the CNTN by doing intensive end of life monitoring to determine where HIV resides when active replication is suppressed. By learning more about where the virus hides, researchers hope to learn how to target these hidden pockets of HIV for eradication; an essential step on the road to finding a cure.

Listen to the KPBS story by David Wagner here.

Announcing the UCSD STAHR Program First Annual Workshop

The first annual UCSD Sustained Training on Aging and HIV Research (STAHR) workshop will occur on July 13 and 14, 2017.  The program includes presentations by leaders in the field of HIV and Aging that will be live broadcasted.  STAHR is an NIMH-funded collaborative research training program that aims to be at the forefront of mental health research in HIV and Aging.

To learn more and for live broadcast instructions click here.

Click here to review the agenda.

Emily Paolillo’s Article Highlighted as an Article of Public Interest

Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research chose Ms. Paolillo’s article  “At-Risk Alcohol Use is Associated with Antiretroviral Treatment Nonadherence Among Adults Living with HIV/AIDS” to be published in the August 2017 edition of the journal as an Article of Public Interest.  She currently is an HNRP trainee and a student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.  Her research interests include the impact of HIV infection and substance use on neurocognitive and daily functioning outcomes. Specifically, she is interested in the modifying effects of alcohol and substance use on aging with HIV infection.

To read the write up click here.

 

 

 

 

Mariam Hussain Received Blue Ribbon Award at APA

Ms. Hussain received a Blue Ribbon Award at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) for her presentation “Age-Related Differences on The Virtual Reality Functional Capacity Assessment Tool (VRFCAT) in HIV Infected (HIV+) and /or Methamphetamine Dependent (METH+) Adults”.

She also was awarded a $300 APA Travel Award from the APA Science Directorate to attend this year's APA convention in order to present her findings.

She currently is an HNRP trainee and a student in the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.

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Dr. Sundermann Selected for the Sustained Training on Aging and HIV Research (STAHR) Program

Congratulations to Erin Sundermann on being selected as a STAHR scholar!  This award will sponsor her attendance to the 2017 STAHR Summer Workshop and Research Institute at UCSD and the 2018 and 2019 three-day STAHR summer workshops.  She currently is an Assistant Project Scientist and a NeuroAIDS Fellow at UCSD. STAHR builds on the infrastructure and expertise available at two major research programs at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - the Stein Institute for Research on Aging and the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program.

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