International Research Collaboration in Russia
Drs. Igor Grant (University of California, San Diego) and Evgeny Krupitsky (Pavlov State Medical University, St. Petersburg) are conducting research looking at the effects of heroin abstinence on the immune system in HIV-infected individuals. The study, titled “Heroin Abstinence Induced HPA & SAM Dysregulation Disrupts HIV Virologic Control”, aims to demonstrate the feasibility of conducting research on drug abuse and neuroAIDS in Russia. Results from the study could pinpoint when and if immune dysregulation during heroin detoxification increases the risk of neurocognitive impairment through loss of virologic control.