Welcome to the Translational Methamphetamine
AIDS Research Center
The Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center (TMARC) is a NIDA-funded grant (award number P50DA026306) that aims to provide scientific leadership, technical support, and opportunities for training in order to coalesce the efforts of an interdisciplinary group of investigators to elucidate the combined effects of methamphetamine (METH), HIV infection, and aging on the central nervous system (CNS).
IAPAC 2016 Presentation: Daily Text Message Responses as Compared to Retrospective Self Report of Antiretroviral Adherence among HIV-infected Methamphetamine Users
Dr. David J. Moore recently presented “Daily Text Message Responses as Compared to Retrospective Self Report of Antiretroviral Adherence among HIV-infected Methamphetamine Users” at the 11th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence (IAPAC). Among a sample of individuals living with HIV and who reported recent methamphetamine (METH) use, responses to text messages sent as medication prompts were significantly associated with an objective “gold standard” for measuring medication adherence (i.e., Medication Event Monitoring System; MEMS).
The findings from this study suggest that daily text message responses may be able to serve as a proxy for adherence to Antiretroviral therapy (ART) medication among persons living with HIV. ART adherence is critical for both large-scale public health initiatives and individual well being (e.g., decreasing the risk of opportunistic infections). As technologies for daily monitoring of adherence evolve, there are continued opportunities to assess and intervene upon difficulties with ART adherence in real time, and potentially address them prior to patients exhibiting clinical concerns (e.g., detectable viral loads) and poor health outcomes.
TMARC Staff Participate in San Diego Pride 2016
As in years past the staff of the Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center will host a booth at the San Diego Pride event on July 16 and 17, 2016. Stop by and say hello! Have some fun and spin the wheel for a prize (while supplies last).
Welcome to the Newest TMARC Recruiter!
Robert Bryan has joined the study participant recruiting team at the TMARC. He brings with him extensive experience in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Counseling. Robert has been active in the community serving on multiple committees dealing with a diverse range of issues including The Faith-Based Action Coalition, Recovery Happens San Diego, Project Homeless Connect, and The Association of Community Housing Solutions. His community service has contributed to his success in matching participants to our research studies. Besides his professional work ethic and experience, his genuine caring demeanor has already touched the lives of the participants as well as his fellow colleagues.
Igor Grant Received 2016 Paul Satz–International Neuropsychological Society Career Mentoring Award
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.