The SHARC Research Team meeting was designed to promote collaboration among HIV and alcohol researchers at the University of Florida campus and at other Universities. This meeting looks at the big picture and its challenge is to address the health needs of people living with HIV. A group that has emerged from within SHARC is the Neurocognitive Working Group. This group will study neurocognitive conditions within people living with HIV (PLHIV). Other areas of focus within SHARC will be health services research, methods, and HIV-related clinical trials.
Last week’s research team meeting focused on reviewing various projects associated with SHARC. Robert Cook, M.D., M.P.H., Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Director of SHARC, introduced his newest study, the Florida Cohort Study. The purpose of the Florida Cohort will be to gather data from PLHIV throughout Florida and combine it with data from the Florida Department of Health to create a comprehensive assessment of unmet needs and areas around Florida of particular need. Cook also gave a brief update on the WHAT-IF Clinical study taking place in Miami. Additional sites will be added to this study including Tampa and possibly Orlando.
Ronald Cohen, M.D., Professor and Director of the Cognitive Aging and Memory Program at the Institute of Aging, gave an overview of his R01 projects that related to HIV, aging and alcohol.
Jeff Harman, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy, gave an update of his Comparative Effectiveness Research.
By Michele Rollen-Hanson