HNRP was represented at the Monthly Community Health & Resource Fair on October 6, 2021 at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, about 30 vendors participated in this event that provided free mammograms, free rapid COVID-19 testing and free COVID-19 vaccines to the local community. 

Congratulations to Dr. Maria Marquine who was named a 2021 Health Sciences Faculty Excellence in Mentoring award recipient!

Congratulations to Dr. Mariana Cherner for receiving a NIDA K24 grant. Mariana Cherner, PhD received a NIDA K24 grant titled, “Mentoring Clinical Researchers at the Intersection of NeuroHIV and Substance Abuse”.

CROI 2021 was held from March 6 to March 10, 2021. The meeting took place virtually. The HNRP had a strong showing with research on various aspects of HIV infection.

Listing of posters and presentations:

Ellis R, Paolillo EW, Saloner R, Letendre S, Moore DJ, Heaton RK. Higher Comorbidity Burden Predicts Worsening Neurocognition in People with HIV.

Letendre S, Ellis RJ, Tang B, Franklin D, Sacktor N, Rubin L, Morgello S, McCutchan JA, Marra C, Gelman BB, Collier A, Clifford D, Heaton RK. 12-Year Cognitive Decline is Associated with Lung Disease, Diabetes, and Depression.

Studies have shown that poor sleep is related to worse cognitive functioning (e.g., memory, attention) in older adults and persons with HIV. However, the relationship between sleep and cognitive functioning has not been well studied in older people with HIV. In this study we examined how sleep relates to cognitive functioning in people aged 50 and older with and without HIV. We gave 84 participants paper and pencil cognitive tests to measure cognitive functioning. To measure sleep, we gave participants watches (similar to a Fitbit watch) to measure their sleep at home for 14 days. We also had participants rate their own sleep quality using a questionnaire.

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