Spotlight: Jon Mills, M.B.A, Ph.D.

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On June 2, 2016, Jon Mills, MBA, PhD, defended his dissertation titled, “Comparative Effectiveness of Dual-Action versus Single-Action Antidepressants for Treatment of People Diagnosed with Co-Occurring HIV/AIDS and a Major Depression: A Growing Syndemic,” a study that involved a collaboration with the CFAR Network of Integration Clinical Systems (CNICS) cohort study. Dr. Mills was a doctoral student at SHARC. He completed his Masters in Business Administration at …

Vanessa Ayala Wins Best Poster Presentation Award

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From FIU’s Stemple News: Most people don’t expect to catch Shark Week on TV until late June. But at FIU, we celebrated our own SHARC week a little earlier… This year’s SHARC Conference took place on FIU’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus on May 18 and included workgroups, speakers and a poster session where students and investigators presented some of their work. …

Alcohol Use and Treatment in Women Living with HIV

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From The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, written by Jill Pease: A pair of recent University of Florida studies examines reasons for alcohol consumption and use of alcohol treatment among women living with HIV. About half of women who are HIV positive report consuming alcohol and 14 to 24 percent drink at hazardous levels. Hazardous drinking can …

Researchers Explore Key Lessons from HIV Programs to Redesign Refugee Health Services

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The worldwide response to the HIV epidemic provides a standard which researchers, policymakers, and providers can use to better service those with non-communicable, chronic diseases, particularly in emergencies. In a recent study, Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, professor of epidemiology at Columbia University and ICAP global director, and Dr. Miriam Rabkin, professor of epidemiology at Columbia and director of Health Systems Strategy …

Brown Unviersity Develops Coding System to Characterize Topics of Patient Speech in a Motivational Intervention for Alcohol and HIV/Sexual risk in Emergency Department Patients

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Brown University’s Dr. Christopher W. Kahler, professor and department chair of behavioral and social sciences, and colleagues developed a topic coding system and found that topic coding may be a valuable resource for counselors. Coding patient language allows for healthcare professionals to gain insight into patient behavior. It is a way to understand the causes behind behavior change and could thus lead …

2016 CHAART Scientific Meeting

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The CHAART Scientific Meeting took place February 8-9, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The meeting was organized by the consortium to improve outcomes in HIV/AIDS, alcohol, aging, and multi-substance use  and included active participation by the NIAAA scientific staff and other CHAART members, including SHARC’s very own Robert Cook, MD, MPH, Natalie Kelso, MSW, and Eric Porges, Ph.D.  

Spotlight: Alex Zirulnik, M.P.H. and Ezekial Ojewale, M.D., M.P.H.

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  Alex Zirulnik, M.P.H. plays an important role in Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) as the Florida Cohort research coordinator. Zirulnik grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and attended University of Florida for his higher education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Florida College of Agriculture and his Masters of Public Health, with a …

Interventions for Alcohol Use among PLWH

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On March 31, 2016, SHARC welcomes special guests Dr. Betsy McCaul and Dr. Geetanjali Chander from Johns Hopkins University to speak about interventions for alcohol use among people living with HIV. Mary “Betsy” McCaul, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore. Geetanjali Chander, M.D., is the Director of the General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program …

Johns Hopkins performs first transplants between donors and recipients infected with HIV

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In a groundbreaking procedure, Johns Hopkins Medicine has performed the first liver and kidney transplant from an HIV-infected donor to an HIV-infected recipient. Associate professor of surgery and epidemiology Dorry L. Segev, M.D, Ph.D. fought tirelessly for six year to make this possible. According to the National Organ Transplant Act of 1984, HIV was the only condition absolutely banned, but the Act was drawn up …

Students Binge Drink Less in Locales with More Affirmative LGBTQ School Climates

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New research from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Health indicates an association with the frequency of binge-drinking and LGBTQ-affirmative schools. They found that both heterosexual and gay/lesbian students report less binge alcohol consumption when the environment they live in have a high proportion of schools with programs that support LGBTQ youth. Researchers analyzed students’ drinking behavior with data collected from the …