Dr. Elizabeth Pasipanodya Receives a UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program Award

Congratulations to postdoctoral fellow Elizabeth Pasipanodya, Ph.D. for receiving a UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) award! Her project, titled “Beyond Nomothetics: Predicting Individual Vulnerability to Antiretroviral Nonadherence and Methamphetamine Use Among Persons Living with HIV/AIDS”, aims to use machine learning methods to predict periods of vulnerability to methamphetamine use and nonadherence to antiretroviral therapy.

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Congratulations to Igor Grant, MD on receiving a 2016 HIV Community Service Award from the San Diego LGBT Community Center!

Igor Grant, MD

 Congratulations to Igor Grant, MD on receiving a 2016 HIV Community Service Award from the San Diego LGBT Community Center! In addition to being Chair of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Grant is Director of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP). The HNRP's mission is to initiate and promote translational NeuroAIDS research through the development, coordination, and realization of multi-disciplinary studies.

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HNRP Staff Participate in San Diego Pride 2016

As in years past the staff of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program will host a booth at the San Diego Pride event on July 16 and 17, 2016.  Stop by and say hello!  Have some fun and spin the wheel for a prize (while supplies last).

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Study Shows that HIV Infection Contributes to Pre-Mature Aging

A study published in Molecular Cell (Methylome-wide Analysis of Chronic HIV Infection Reveals Five-Year Increase in Biological Age and Epigenetic Targeting of HLA) reports that HIV infection led to an average advance in biological aging of 4.9 years that correlates with an increased risk of mortality of 19 percent. Samples collected in the HNRP associated CNS Antiretroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) study were analyzed for epigenetic changes.

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HNRP Investigator Collaborates on PrEP study for Transgender Persons

Dr. David Moore works with the AVRC to conduct focus groups including transgender persons as part of his study “Electronic Reminders to Improve Adherence Among HIV+ Persons”.

The purpose of these focus groups is to gather information to be used to develop reminders salient to specific groups, including women and transgender persons, that are affected by HIV and taking Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP).  The reminders will to be sent to individuals via a portable electronic device (e.g., cellular phone) for the purpose of improving adherence to medications.

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