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M.D., F.R.C.P.(C)

Igor Grant, M.D., is Professor and Executive Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He is Director of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP), which includes the California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network (CNTN), the Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center (TMARC), the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC), the CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research (CHARTER) and the University of California Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research (CMCR). Dr. Grant is the founding Editor of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and founding co-editor of the journal AIDS and Behavior.


Previous SDSU/UCSD JDP graduate appointed as Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

Sean B. Rourke, Ph.D. was appointed as a Fellow to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. The Academy recognizes the full breadth of academic health science ranging from fundamental science to social science and population health. Fellows elected to the Academy have been well recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science. They have demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and a commitment to advance academic health science.

This award was in recognition of his work transforming how population health and community-based research is done to have a stronger impact on policies and front-line services, and to solve complex health problems for people living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Rourke worked closely with Dr. Igor Grant during the formative years of his career and was a graduate of the San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego (SDSU/UCSD) Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Clinical Psychology.

Click Here for more information regarding Dr. Rourke.


HNRP Investigators Participated in "Neuroscience and HIV-Infection" International Conference in Russia

Drs. Igor Grant and Scott Letendre participated in the first neuroAIDS focused HIV meeting in Russia as plenary speakers and members of the Program Committee. Dr. Grant gave a presentation on "HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders" and Dr. Letendre spoke about "Antiretroviral Drug Distribution into the CNS: Importance in HIV Disease". The conference was held October 21-22, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Click here for the meeting website.


HNRP Investigators Presented at the North European Workshop on HIV infection in the CNS (HANSA 2013)

Presentation: HAND is Common and Important in Patients on ART, Igor Grant, MD (PDF)

Drs. Igor Grant and Scott Letendre presented at the third North European Workshop on HIV–infection in the central nervous system (HANSA 2013) that took place in Berlin, Germany, 26-27 April 2013.  The aim of HANSA 2013 is to assemble clinicians and researchers together to advance knowledge of ongoing HIV central nervous system (CNS) research. The conference covered basic issues and controversies.


Dr. Grant celebrates with Susan Roepke-Buehler receiving her Ph.D. degree from UCSD

graduation2012On June 16, 2012, Susan Roepke-Buehler, a doctoral student under the mentorship of Dr. Grant, received her Ph.D. from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Susan worked with Dr. Grant on the Alzheimer Caregiver Study for the past 6 years examining the effects of chronic caregiving stress on psychological and physiological outcomes. During her time with the Caregiver Study, Susan authored/co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles in a variety of reputable psychiatry, psychology, aging, and cardiology journals. Susan’s dissertation work focused on modeling the psychosocial and physiological pathways linking chronic stress to atherosclerotic disease in Alzheimer caregivers. Psychosomatic Medicine published one of her first-authored papers reporting that caregivers were more likely to have carotid plaque compared with noncaregivers. The results from this study also suggested that the development of plaque might be enhanced by prolonged sympathoadrenal response to acute stress. Susan completed her final year of her graduate training on internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the Departement of Psychiatry. She then accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at UIC and is excited to continue her training in Health Psychology. Congratulations, Susan!

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