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July 3, 2018


HIVMA and IDSA Foundation Announce Medical Students Program Awardees

Fifteen medical students from across the U.S. have been selected by HIVMA and the IDSA Foundation to 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 investigating drug resistance, effectiveness of care interventions among incarcerated populations, and missed opportunities in emergency departments in domestic and international settings. The students will receive mentorship from HIVMA members at their institutions, free membership to HIVMA and the IDSA, 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 Melanie Thompson, MD. “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, MPH
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, 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
Florida State University College of Medicine
Goal-Setting in a Preexposure Prophylaxis Intervention Among Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men

William Trebelcock
MENTOR: Rachel Bender Ignacio, MD, MPH
UC San Diego 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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