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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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.

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’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). 

Drs. Ajay Bharti, Igor Grant, Scott Letendre and Davey Smith present at the Chennai Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Symposium taking place April 26-27, 2014 at the Hotel Leela Palace, Chennai, India.  The symposium is hosted by Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education,  a non-profit medical and research institution in Chennai which provides medical care for more than 19,000 persons with HIV disease.

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