Dr. Obermeit’s dissertation is entitled "The Impact of Methamphetamine Dependence, HIV, and Frontal Systems Dysfunctions on the Relationship Between Sexual Risk Intentions and Behaviors”. Her work sought to understand how intentions to behave safely translated to actual safer behavior, to reduce risk of HIV infection. She observed that use of methamphetamine weakened the likelihood that intentions would be put into action. Impaired executive functions and disinhibition also contributed to this weakening. Her work points to opportunities for interventions to improve the likelihood that intentions actually result in safer practices in specific HIV risk populations. Dr. Obermeit’s Dissertation Committee included Professors Steven Woods and Erin Morgan from UCSD and Paul Gilbert and Scott Roesch from SDSU. Dr. Obermeit is continuing her postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Congratulations Dr. Obermeit!
On June 2, 2018 Graduating UCSD medical student Kathryn Tringale receives the Igor Grant MD Endowed Award for Academic Excellence and Biomedical Research. Kathryn is an outstanding student who will be pursuing residency training in radiation oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Pictured are Kathryn’s mother Carol Ries, Kathryn, her father Philip Tringale, her faculty mentor Professor Jona Hattangadi-Gluth, Igor Grant, MD. JoAnn Grant, RN [seated] established the endowed award to honor her husband. In left background, Carolyn Kelly MD, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs. Congratulations Kathryn!

Dr. Grant congratulates Jessica Montoya on receiving her PhD in Clinical Psychology during at the UCSD graduation ceremony on June 17, 2017. Dr. Montoya’s thesis entitled "Vascular Contributions to Neurocognitive Impairment among Older Persons with HIV” was the result of a set of three interrelated studies that examined the contributions of progressive arterial stiffening, changes in pulse pressure, and shift in the balance of hemostatic factors that have illuminated one group of mechanisms in the persistence of neurocognitive impairment in persons with HIV, particularly with advancing age. Dr. Montoya’s Dissertation Committee included Professors David Moore and Paul Mills from UCSD and Linda Gallo and Aaron Blashill from SDSU. Dr. Grant served as Chair. We are all delighted that Dr. Montoya has chosen to continue her academic career at UCSD, having been selected as a fellow in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry’s Training in Research on Addictions in Interdisciplinary NeuroAIDS Program sponsored by NIDA. We all know that Dr. Montoya is destined for a great career!

Congratulations to Igor Grant, MD on receiving a 2016 HIV Community Service Award from the San Diego LGBT Community Center! In addition to being Chair of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Grant is Director of the HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP). The HNRP's mission is to initiate and promote translational NeuroAIDS research through the development, coordination, and realization of multi-disciplinary studies. HNRP research studies focus on neuropsychiatry, neuropsychological testing, neurocognition, the effects of antiretrovirals on the brain and aging, how HIV may impact everyday functioning, and intervention strategies for improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Pictured from left to right are: Susanna Concha-Garcia, Igor Grant, and Teresa Oyos.

The Paul Satz Award recognizes Dr. Grant's career contributions to the mentorship of doctoral students. In the award presentation, it was noted that Dr. Grant has mentored 35 Ph.D.s and M.D.s, and served as the primary dissertation advisor to 23 of these as part of the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. The nominees were two former graduate students that Dr. Grant mentored, Sean Rourke, Ph.D., who is now Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Jennifer Manly, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Neurology at Columbia University. Pictured (from left to right): Sean Rourke, Igor Grant, Jennifer Manly, and Robert Heaton.