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  • Medical Students Program supports exploration, innovation


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    Contact: IDSA: Jennifer Morales

    PCI Public Relations (312) 558-1770

    HIVMA and the IDSA Foundation are pleased to announce the selection of 15 medical students from across the US who will receive funding for clinical learning and research projects through the HIVMA Medical Students Program. Funding for this program is secured through the IDSA Foundation. The program will support projects in local and overseas settings, including ones investigating drug resistance, effectiveness of care interventions among incarcerated populations, and missed opportunities in emergency departments.The students will receive mentorship from HIVMA members at their institutions, free membership to HIVMA and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and a stipend of $3,500 per year for up to three years. Mentors receive a $1,000 stipend.

    “The diverse projects proposed by these students all show interest and investment in understanding the dynamics of HIV, and in improved innovative approaches to HIV prevention and treatment,” said HIVMA Chair Dr. Melanie Thompson. “These students represent the next generation of HIV physicians and researchers, and I look forward to the contributions they will make to the field.”

    The program has been supported by independent grants from ViiV Healthcare, Merck & Co, Janssen Pharmaceuticals and the Gilead Foundation. 

    The selected students, their mentors, institutions, and project titles are:

    Doris Berman 
    MENTOR: Katherine Schafer, MD 
    Wake Forest School of Medicine                                                                                              
    Gathering Trauma Narratives: The Effects of Trauma on Reproductive Behaviors in HIV Populations 

    Sushma Boppana 
    MENTOR: Paul Goepfert, MD 
    University of Alabama at Birmingham 
    Impact of Cross-reactive TCR Clonotypes on HIV Viral Evolution 

    Catherine Dodson 
    MENTOR: Ellen Eaton, MD 
    University of Alabama School of Medicine 
    Quantifying Sexually Transmitted Infection & HIV Testing Preferences in Men who have Sex with Men to Provide Patient-Centered Care 

    Shruti Gujaran 
    MENTOR: David Riedel, MD 
    University of Maryland School of Medicine 
    The Role of Aging in HIV-Related Hospitalizations and Complications 

    Kristin Harrington 
    MENTOR: Russell Kempker, MD, MSc 
    Emory University 
    Cryptococcal Screening in Patients with HIV 

    Charles Kopp 
    MENTOR: Alison Roxby, MD, MSc 
    University of Washington School of Medicine 
    Maternal and Fetal Outcomes after Integrase Inhibitor-containing Antiretroviral Regimens during pregnancy: a retrospective cohort study in Seattle, Washington 

    Sugi Min  
    MENTOR: Curt G. Beckwith, MD 
    The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 
    Optimizing HIV and HCV Continuum of Care Outcomes for Criminal Justice-involved Populations 

    Joshua Niforatos 
    MENTOR: Justin Yax, DO, DTMH 
    Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University 
    Root Cause Analysis of Missed Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS in the Emergency Department at a Level 1 Trauma Center 

    Jackée Okoli 
    MENTOR: Genevieve Giny Fouda, MD, PhD 
    Duke University School of Medicine 
    Fine Specificity and Fc Effector Function of Antibodies Generated by adjuvanted HIV Envelope Vaccines in Adults and Infants 

    Katelyn Pastick 
    MENTOR: David Boulware, MD, MPH 
    University of Minnesota 
    Predictors and Outcomes of Seizures in HIV-Associated Cryptococcal Meningitis Patients 

    Alex Rosenthal 
    MENTOR: Philip Chan, MD, MS 
    Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 
    Acceptability of HIV Prevention and Screening Among Church Leaders in At-Risk Communities 

    Garshasb Soroosh 
    MENTOR: Robert F. Siliciano, MD, PhD 
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Latent Reservoir Size as Predictor of Immunologic, Clinical, or Inflammatory Outcomes in Treated HIV 

    William Trebelcock 
    MENTOR: Rachel Bender Ignacio, MD, MPH 
    University of Washington School of Medicine  
    HIV Transmitted Drug Resistance:  Prevalence, Clinical Characteristics, and Geospatial Mapping in Newly Diagnosed MSM and Transgender Women in Lima, Peru 

    Jennie Xu  
    MENTOR: Scott Letendre, MD 
    UC San Diego School of Medicine 
    Exploring the Relationship Between Epidermal Nerve Fiber Density and HIV-Associated Neuropathic Pain 

    Thomas Zaikos  
    MENTOR: Alberto Bosque-Pardos, PhD, MBA 
    George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences 
    Investigating the Immunological Effects of the novel HIV Latency-reversing agent 3-Hydroxy-1,2,3-benzotriazin-4(3H)-one (HODHBt) 

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