COMPREHENSIVE NEUROAIDS CENTER (cnac)
Current News and Events
On February 19, 2014, Department of Neuroscience and Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center (CNAC), in conjunction with Drexel’s Institute for Molecular Medicine and Penn’s School of Dental Medicine and Perelman School of Medicine, will once again host the City-Wide NeuroAIDS Discussion Group.
The focus of this year’s three discussion group meetings will be “Viral Eradication and Novel Strategies for Treatment of HIV/AIDS”. The keynote on February 19 will be Norman Haughey, MD, Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Haughey will present on “Promises and Pitfalls in the Race to Eradicate HIV”. Additional presentations will be given by Rafal Kaminski, PhD, Temple University, Julio Martin-Garcia, PhD, Drexel University, and Alexander Gill, BS, University of Pennsylvania.
This award is to support a junior faculty or pre- or post-doctoral fellow in becoming a successful contributor to the field of NeuroAIDS and health disparities research. The grantee’s research proposal must be focused on either behavioral or pathogenetic aspects of HIV-associated nervous system disorders in minority populations. Recipients of the award will be expected to attend a 6-week summer institute at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine focusing on didactic and practical training in neuroAIDS research. Upon graduation from the institute, scholars will be awarded grants of up to $20,000 to continue pursuit of their research questions at their home institution. Application deadline is February 17, 2014.
Request for Applications (PDF)
The CNAC Developmental Core is now requesting Letters of Intent from junior faculty and more established investigators conducting novel research in NeuroAIDS. Grants will be awarded for $20,000 each over 12 months, funded in two $10,000, six-month increments. The expected start date for all projects awarded is June 1, 2014. Please submit letters of intent by February 7, 2014 to email@example.com. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 12th International Symposium on NeuroVirology and 2013 Conference on HIV in the Nervous System will be held on October 29 to November 2, 2013 in Washington D.C., USA. These meetings will involve more than 350 basic and clinical scientists and trainees working in the areas of neurology, neuropathology, neuropathogenesis, neurobiology, neuroimmunology, neurochemistry, and molecular virology. The overall goal of these concurrent events will be to provide investigators working in the field of neurovirology and related areas with leading edge information so that important gaps in knowledge can continue to be identified.
The 2013 International Symposium on Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease will take place from June 17-21 and Drexel University’s College of Medicine. The week will end with an all-day NeuroAIDS Symposium on Friday, June 21. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.drexelmed.edu/Home/AbouttheCollege/DepartmentsCentersandInstitutes/Institutes/
The Second City-Wide NeuroAIDS Symposium took place on Monday, May 20 at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. The topic of discussion at this meeting was “HIV and co-Morbidities of the CNS” with the keynote address given by Dr. David Metzger, Director of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Division at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Yuri Persidsky, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Temple, presented on “Dysfunction of blood brain barrier in HIV-1 infection: Mechanisms and protective strategies”, with additional presentations given by Marianne Strazza, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow from Drexel University, and Patrick Regan, PhD Candidate in Neuroscience from Temple University.
Thank you to University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine for hosting, to our presenters for sharing their work, and to our attendees. Stay tuned for information on the next City-Wide NeuroAIDS Symposium!
The first quarterly City-Wide NeuroAIDS Discussion Group took place on Monday, January 14, 2013 at Temple University’s Medical Education and Research Building. The topic of this first discussion group focused on "HIV and Aging" with a special key-note address by Dr. Avindra Nath, Clinical Director of the NINDS. There were presentations by experienced researchers Kelly Jordan-Sciutto, PhD (University of Pennsylvania), Vanessa Pirrone, PhD (Drexel University), T. Dianne Langford, PhD (Temple University), and junior investigator Elizabeth Crowe, MD/PhD candidate (Drexel University).
The next City-Wide NeuroAIDS Discussion Group will take place at the University of Pennsylvania on May 20, 2013. Please check back for more information in the coming weeks, or contact Andrea Dwyer (email@example.com).
Thank you to all who attended our first discussion group and we look forward to seeing you again!
NeuroAIDS Center, Department of Neuroscience. The goal of the series is to promote translational neuroscience at Temple University by providing residents from various clinical departments with current neuroscience research relevant to their medical specialty area, by showcasing basic science and translational studies performed in our laboratories. According to Dr. Kamel Khalili, Director of CNAC, “We offer opportunities for residents to connect with faculty who are dealing with timely subjects such as neurological disorders seen in AIDS and other illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease”.
George Smith, PhD, discusses rebuilding neuronal damage in the brain and spinal cord.
as a result. “This forum, and the collaborations it may spawn, will further enhance Temple’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences’ tradition of clinical and academic excellence,” said William Dubin, MD, Chairperson. “The department serves in a prominent role locally and nationally, and its psychiatry residency program is dedicated to clinical and academic excellence, ample research opportunities, and outstanding healthcare.”