This message was sent on behalf of Dr. David Brenner, Vice Chancellor, UC San Diego Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, and Paul Viviano, Chief Executive Officer, UC San Diego Health System, to UC San Diego Health Sciences Faculty and Staff.

We are pleased to announce that Igor Grant, MD, FRCP(C), an internationally recognized neuropsychiatrist, has been named the new Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Grant has been at UC San Diego more than 40 years and has served as Executive Vice Chair in the department for the past 20. He will succeed Lewis Judd, MD, who is stepping down after 36 years in the position – the longest serving department chair in the history of the university.

Dr. Grant takes the reins of a psychiatry department that consistently has been highly ranked nationally, with a research and clinical faculty second to none. Over the years, Dr. Grant has been an essential contributor to much of that achievement, holding a variety of leadership positions.

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.

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.


Several HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP) investigators will present at the 32nd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Neuropsychology taking place in Nashville, Tennessee on November 7-12, 2012.

Please see below for presentation date, time, citation and abstract link when relevant.

Click Here to view posters to the left of citation (citations are listed in alphabetical order by title).

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Invited Address. Steven P. Woods and Erica Weber, "Your name in lights: A trainee primer on publishing in clinical neuropsychology"

Thursday, November 8, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Keynote Address. Igor Grant, "Medicine, Brain, and Behavior: Neuropsychology's New Frontier"