Newly Funded Grant - Endocannabinoids, Cannabis, and Neurocognitive Deficits in HIV
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.
Igor Grant Announced as New Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego
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.
David Moore Featured in UC Social Media Campaign Video "PrEParing for HIV"
UC researchers, including Dr. David Moore of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program, are conducting a 4-year study on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is a prevention strategy for people at high risk for contracting HIV.
Participants agree to take a Truvada pill daily to reduce their risk of getting infected by up to 99%. Adherence is critical for the method to be effective so participants in the study receive daily reminders to take their medications via text messages and their medication usage is tracked. Much of David Moore's recent work has focused on developing innovative, personalized, scalable text messaging interventions to improve antiretroviral medication adherence.
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TMARC Investigators and Trainees Featured in New Textbook on the Neuropsychology of Substance Use Disorders
TMARC investigators and trainees played major roles in a new textbook entitled “Neuropsychological Aspects of Substance Use Disorders", which was recently published by Oxford University Press as part of the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Series on Evidence-Based Practices.