The HIV Research Award recognizes HIVMA members who have made outstanding contributions to HIV medicine in clinical or basic research. Nominees must actively be engaged in HIV research and must be junior to mid-career, such as an associate professor or its equivalent for an institution without a formal academic rank. The award will be based on innovation and originality and require demonstration of significant independent research (such as success in securing independent peer-reviewed grant funding) and productivity (such as publications in peer-reviewed journals). How to nominate a colleague.
Dr. Ofotokun is an innovative researcher in women's health in the setting of HIV-infection with particular focus on antiretroviral clinical pharmacology and bone complications of HIV-infection. Findings from his first study with co-principal investigator Dr. Neale Weitzmann demonstrated significant bone loss occurring within the first 24 weeks of antiretroviral therapy and challenged the pervasive concept that bone loss in patients on antiretroviral therapy is related primarily to nucleoside toxicity, or metabolic factors such as diabetes or insulin resistance. Dr. Ofotokun has conducted additional studies building on his work and is currently leading an interventional study among HIV infected patients to ameliorate the early and significant bone effect of immune reconstitution following antiretroviral therapy initiation. His research is expected to lead to new insights and therapeutic approaches to HIV-associated bone loss. Dr. Ofotokun's colleagues praise his willingness to collaborate and his ability to bring together disparate factions in his research endeavors. Dr. Ofotokun is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine, and is a clinical/translational researcher with the Center for AIDS Research at Emory.
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