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Recent News: Drs. Gerena and Wojna Awarded RO1 Grant

The Center of Collaborative Research in Health Disparities (RCMI Program) is pleased to announce that Dr. Yamil Gerena, Associate Professor of Pharmacology, and Dr. Valerie Wojna, Professor of Medicine, at the UPR Medical Sciences Campus have been awarded a five-year, $19 million RO1 award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to study the correlation between exome-mediated soluble insulin receptor secretion and the prevalence of HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND). The study proposes to identify novel mechanisms to explain the pathogenic process of insulin resistance and cognitive impairment in a cohort of HIV-seropositive participants. The identification of these molecular mechanism could serve to design novel approaches and treatment regimens for the prevention and treatment of insulin resistance and cognitive impairment in HIV-seropositive patients.

Dr. Gerena and Wojna's research activities have been supported by the core facilities and faculty development initiatives sponsored by the RCMI Grant G12-MD007600 from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). Congratulations!

Exome-mediated soluble insulin receptor secretion correlates with HAND.R01NS099036 (Y.Gerena,Ph.D. and V.Wojna,MD)

Acknowledgement of Funding

This program is funded by RCMI grant G12 MD007600 (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities) from the National Institutes of Health.  Please use this number to acknowledge support.

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