Research Opportunities

 

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The HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center is dedicated to multi-disciplinary research and strongly encourages collaborative studies with investigators external to the Center. Training opportunities are also available.

Studies at the HNRC focus on the following major scientific questions:

  1. What attributes of the virus, host, and host-virus interaction determine presentation of HIV-associated neurobehavioral disorders?
  2. What are the mechanisms by which the host-virus factors generate neural injury and neurobehavioral impairments?
  3. What is the role of co-factors, including other pathogens (e.g., hepatitis C infection) as well as toxic influences such as abuse of psychoactive drugs, in initiating and potentiating HIV-associated neurocognitive impairment?
  4. As HIV disease becomes a chronic lifelong affliction, what are the implications of neurocognitive impairment for everyday functioning, and how can experimental measures of everyday function be translated into predictors of "real world" performance?
  5. How can treatments be optimized to prevent or ameliorate neuroAIDS?

HNRC investigations encompass research in neurology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, imaging, neuropathology, neurobiology, infectious disease, virology, immunology, and other disciplines. Collaborations with both external junior and senior investigators are welcomed. If you would like to know more regarding the possibility of collaborating with HNRC investigators, please contact Dr. Tom Marcotte at (619) 543-5044 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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