International Research Collaboration in Russia

Drs. Igor Grant (University of California, San Diego) and Evgeny Krupitsky (Pavlov State Medical University, St. Petersburg) are conducting research looking at the effects of heroin abstinence on the immune system in HIV infected individuals.  The study “Heroin Abstinence Induced HPA & SAM Dysregulation Disrupts HIV Virologic Control” aims to demonstrate the feasibility of conducting research on drug abuse and neuroAIDS in Russia.  Results from the study could pinpoint when and if immune dysregulation during heroin detoxification increases the risk of neurocognitive impairment through loss of virologic control.  

Study Assesses Functional Deficits Due to HIV and Methamphetamine Use

The National Institute on Drug Abuse published an article by investigator Dr. Steven Paul Woods and collaborator, Kaitlin Blackstone, on the burden of methamphetamine use and human immunodeficiency virus imposes on daily functioning. 

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Teens turn to text messages for AIDS advice in Zambia

In an article by Stephanie Findlay HNRP investigator Dr. David Moore weighs in on how mobile technology could be an inexpensive response to taxed health care systems.  "Apps exist to help people locate the closest HIV testing site......What if you could do something like an HIV rapid test using an app on your phone? That could be a game changer in terms of HIV incidence."  The article describes the overwhelming response of text messages U-Report, a text-message based HIV counseling hotline, receives from HIV-infected Zambian teenagers asking "brutally honest" questions related to the infection. 

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The First HIV/AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement Age

Newsweek published an article by Erika Hayasaki on September 18, 2014, "The First HIV/AIDS Generation Reaches Retirement Age".  The article covers many of the issues of an aging HIV infected population.  These issues are the impetus of HNRP research focusing on prospective memory, adherence to medication, comorbid aging conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and neurological conditions such as dementia.

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Newly Funded Grant - Endocannabinoids, Cannabis, and Neurocognitive Deficits in HIV

Dr. Brook Henry received notice of funding for his study that will examine dose response interaction between cannabis use and the endocannabinoid (EC) system.

Previous studies have indicated that the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties of the EC system may have therapeutic utility in reducing HIV-induced damage to the central nervous system, including preventing the development of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND).  In contrast, cannabis use is reported to induce neurocognitive and functional impairment after chronic exposure.

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