Six UM Investigators Receive Grants for Promising HIV/AIDS Research

The University of Miami Developmental Center for AIDS Research (D-CFAR), which provides seed money to stimulate new research and new collaborations in HIV/AIDS, has awarded grants to six investigators for the purpose of developing pilot data for NIH grant proposals.

In their fourth year, the awards are designed to support pilot research projects conducted by young investigators or investigators new to the field of HIV/AIDS, especially those with collaborative research projects that are conducted between two different disciplines and/or departments.

This year’s recipients are:

  • Maria L. Alcaide, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, and Anita Parmigiani, Ph.D., post doctoral associate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, for “HIV, Menopause and Inflammaging.”
  • Ram H. Datar, Ph.D., associate professor of pathology, for “Development of a Nanosensor Array Platform for HIV-1 Diagnosis.”
  • Joseph P. De Santis, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, for “The Influence of Hispanic Cultural Factors on the Sexual Behaviors of Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men.”
  • Varan Govind, Ph.D., research assistant professor of radiology, for “Whole-brain Proton MRI, Spectroscopy, and Neuropsychological Outcomes in Adults Perinatally Infected with HIV.”
  • Charles D. Mitchell, M.D., professor of medicine, for “Microbial Translocation Among HIV Infected Women.”

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