The Paul Satz Award recognizes Dr. Grant’s career contributions to the mentorship of doctoral students. In the award presentation it was noted that Dr. Grant has mentored 35 Ph.D.s and M.D.s, and served as the primary dissertation advisor to 23 of these as part of the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.  The nominees were two former graduate students that Dr. Grant mentored, Sean Rourke, Ph.D., who is now Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Jennifer Manly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University.

Dr. Rujvi Kamat conducted the first study to investigate the longitudinal relationship between apathy and depression in HIV infected individuals.  Approximately 30–50% of HIV+ individuals present with clinically elevated signs of apathy.

In HIV-infected persons apathy is associated with poor medication adherence and health-related quality of life.  She found that new depressive episodes are a risk factor for increased risk of incident apathy in individuals who previously reported no apathetic tendencies.  HIV related injury to the central nervous system as shown by brain white matter abnormalities may be a possible cause.

 To Cite:

Kamat R, Cattie JE, Marcotte TD, Woods SP, Franklin DR, Corkran SH, Ellis RJ, Grant I, Heaton RK.  (2015). Incident Major Depressive Episodes Increase The Severity And Risk of Apathy in HIV Infection. Journal of Affective Disorders, 175C, 475-480. PMID: 25679203. PMCID: PMC4386921.

 

 

The 43nd Annual Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society occurs February 4-7, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The theme of this meeting is  “Networks, Connectivity and Neuropsychology”. 

The 22nd Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) occurs from February 23 - 26 in Seattle, Washington.

CROI brings together top basic, translational, and clinical researchers from around the world to share the latest studies, important developments, and best research methods in the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases.

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.

Click Here to read the full article.

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