Igor Grant

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


Igor Grant, M.D., is Distinguished Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Grant served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry from 2014-2019. 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.


Congratulations to Dr. Donald Abrams on his retirement

CMCR Director Igor Grant congratulates Donald Abrams, MD, of UCSF on his retirement, and highlights some key contributions Dr. Abrams made to medicinal cannabis research, and as a founding member of the Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research.


Dr. Grant celebrates with Jacob Moul on completing his Bachelor's in Science at UCSD during the virtual commencement on June 13, 2020

Jacob Moul & Igor Grant

Jacob earned a degree in Probability and Statistics through the UCSD Math Department and a minor in Data Science. He completed multiple data science projects concerned with climate change and its impacts on the environment and the inhabitants of California while pursuing his minor. Jacob also served as a Research Assistant at Scripps Institution of Oceanography under Professor Katherine Ricke, working on a project to evaluate the efficacy of current climate change impacts models. Jacob’s positive undergraduate experience was aided in large part by the recently established UCSD Data Science Department and all of its advisors and professors. Though Jacob did not have an affiliation with the UCSD Medical School, Dr. Grant provided Jacob with mentoring throughout his time at UCSD, and was very pleased to serve as a family faculty representative in this virtual graduation.


The Dr. Igor and JoAnn Grant Chair In Psychiatry

On December 3rd, 2019 a Portrait Unveiling Ceremony was held in recognition of The Dr. Igor and JoAnn Grant Chair in Psychiatry. The ceremony included remarks from Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, Interim Psychiatry Chair Robert Anthenelli, MD, and Vice Chancellor - Health Sciences, School of Medicine Dean, David Brenner, MD.


Stella Chen receives the Igor Grant MD Endowed Award for Academic Excellence and Biomedical Research

DStella Chen & Igor Grantr. Grant celebrates with Stella (Xiang) Chen, graduating medical student from UC San Diego’s School of Medicine, on occasion of her receipt of the Award for Academic Excellence and Biomedical Research on June 1, 2019. In addition to excelling in her academic and clinical work Dr. Chen completed a basic science Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellowship with Dr. Richard Gallo, Chair of Dermatology, studying the innate immune function of dermal adipocytes. Her work with her mentors showed that differentiating dermal adipocytes produce antimicrobial peptides necessary for cutaneous defense against S. aureus, and declines during aging. Dr. Chen will be headed to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix for a preliminary medicine year and then to Harvard/MGH for dermatology residency. The Igor Grant MD Endowed Award for Academic Excellence and Biomedical Research was established by JoAnn Grant, RN, in honor of Dr. Igor Grant to recognize graduating medical students who rank at the top of their class academically, and who also sought opportunities to conduct biomedical research. Congratulations Dr. Chen!