CHARTER Longitudinal Neurocognitive Data Unveiled at AIDS 2014

Dr. Robert Heaton presents the longitudinal data from the CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) study at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) being held from 20-25 July 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, in Melbourne, Australia.

Key points of the presentation include that neurocognitive change (NC) change is common in HIV infection, there are clinical and biological predictors of NC change, that the increased comorbidity burden and factors associated with Hispanic ethnicity deserve more attention in clinical care of HIV+ individuals, and that consistent use of ART to maintain virologic control may protect the central nervous system and improve NC outcomes.

To Cite:

Heaton RK, Franklin DR, Deutsch R, Letendre SL, Ellis RJ, Blackstone K, Marquine MJ, Woods SP, Vaida F, Atkinson JH, Marcotte TD, McCutchan JA, Collier AC, Marra CM, Clifford DB, Gelmen BB, McArthur JC, Morgello S, Simpson DM, Abramson I, Gamst A, Fennema-Notestine C, Smith DM, Grant I, for the CHARTER Group.  (IP). Neurocognitive change in the era of HIV combination antiretroviral therapy: A longitudinal CHARTER Study. 20th International AIDS Conference



Dilip Jeste Appointed as First Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care

Dr. Dilip V. Jeste, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, has been appointed the first associate dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care at UC San Diego and will direct the newly established Center on Healthy Aging and Senior Care

Dr. Jeste collaborates with HNRP investigators on research regarding aging and HIV infection. Examples of publications include:

Moore RC, Fazeli PL, Jeste DV, Moore DJ, Grant I, Woods SP.  (2014). Successful cognitive aging and health-related quality of life in younger and older adults infected with HIV. AIDS And Behavior, Epub. March 18. PMID: 24633788  

Moore RC, Moore DJ, Thompson WK, Vahia IV, Grant I, Jeste DV.  (2013). A case-controlled study of successful aging in older HIV-infected adults. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 74(5), e417-23. PMID: 23759460  PMCID: PMC3683870 

Click Here to link to an article in The Oprah Magazine about stress where Dr. Jeste is one of the highlighted researchers.

Igor Grant Announced as New Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

This message was sent on behalf of Dr. David Brenner, Vice Chancellor, UC San Diego Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, and Paul Viviano, Chief Executive Officer, UC San Diego Health System, to UC San Diego Health Sciences Faculty and Staff.

We are pleased to announce that Igor Grant, MD, FRCP(C), an internationally recognized neuropsychiatrist, has been named the new Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Grant has been at UC San Diego more than 40 years and has served as Executive Vice Chair in the department for the past 20. He will succeed Lewis Judd, MD, who is stepping down after 36 years in the position – the longest serving department chair in the history of the university.


Kaitlin Blackstone Announced as Society for Clinical Neuropsychology Blue Ribbon Award Winner

Kaitlin Blackstone’s Division 40 abstract submission for this year’s Society for Clinical Neuropsychology conference taking place June 25-28, 2014 was the top rated student author submission for scientific merit and impact.  Her research investigated the NIH Toolbox Cognition Battery (NIH-TB-CB) as a possible brief neurocognitive screening instrument for use in a clinical setting to identify HIV+ individuals with evidence of some level of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder (HAND). 


David Moore Featured in UC Social Media Campaign Video "PrEParing for HIV"

UC researchers, including Dr. David Moore of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program, are conducting a 4-year study on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  PrEP is a prevention strategy for people at high risk for contracting HIV. 


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