Author: ISPH CUNY

Researchers troubleshoot barriers to HIV care and treatment after diagnosis

Researchers troubleshoot barriers to HIV care and treatment after diagnosis
November 12, 2019 When an individual is diagnosed with HIV, it is important that they are enrolled in an HIV care and treatment program to get the medical and emotional support they need. Evidence shows that expansions of the anti-retroviral treatment (ART) eligibility criteria prior to the current “universal treatment” recommendation increased the amount of people initiating ART in a timely manner but, in sub-Saharan Africa, linkage to care after diagnosis remains a challenge. To investigate, a research team including CUNY ISPH Investigator Elizabeth Kelvin led a cohort study among new...
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Assessing efforts to lower maternal and child mortality in Togo

Assessing efforts to lower maternal and child mortality in Togo
November 12, 2019 Over the past decade, rates of maternal and child morbidity and mortality in Togo have remained high despite global progress. Child mortality among children under five years old in the West African nation is attributed to diseases that are easy and cheap to prevent and treat, including malaria, acute lower respiratory infections, and diarrheal diseases. While Togo has a national strategy for addressing this issue, critical gaps to quality health access remain. The Integrated Community-Based Health Systems Strengthening (ICBHSS) initiative seeks to address these gaps wh...
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Dr. Christian Grov appointed Editor-in-Chief of prominent peer-reviewed journal

Dr. Christian Grov appointed Editor-in-Chief of prominent peer-reviewed journal
For immediate release: October 3, 2019 CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy Professor and ISPH Investigator Christian Grov, chair of the department of Community Health and Social Sciences, has been selected to be the new Editor-in-Chief for the peer-reviewed journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy (Springer Science+Business Media, a leading international scientific publisher). The journal is an international forum for the publication of original state-of-the-art empirical research on sexuality, theoretical and methodological discussions, and the implications of t...
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Training Opportunity: Apply for Inter-CFAR Implementation Science Fellowship for Early Stage Investigators

September 25, 2019 Inter-CFAR Fellowship Program in Implementation Science for Early-Stage HIV Investigators Collaborating CFARs: Johns Hopkins University, University of North Carolina, University of California San Francisco/GIVI, Emory University, Third Coast CFAR – Northwestern, Harvard University, University of Washington, Einstein-Rockefeller-CUNY, University of Washington/Fred Hutch We are pleased to announce a new training opportunity in implementation science (IS) for early stage investigators (ESIs) engaging in HIV-related research. Implementation Science Fell...
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CUNY SPH professor’s cancer genomics project receives $3.7 million grant

CUNY SPH professor’s cancer genomics project receives $3.7 million grant
September 17, 2019 A research team co-led by CUNY SPH Associate Professor and ISPH Investigator Levi Waldron was awarded a $3.7 million competitive renewal by the National Institutes of Health's National Cancer Institute (NCI) to develop the open-source Bioconductor bioinformatics platform to meet the demands of analyzing the next generation of technology in cancer genomics research. Over the previous five years of the project, “Cancer Genomics: Integrated and Scalable Solutions in R/Bioconductor,” Professor Waldron and colleagues developed open-source software and databases for the ana...
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Landmark NIH funding extended for CUNY’s bold HIV/AIDS prevention research initiative

Landmark NIH funding extended for CUNY’s bold HIV/AIDS prevention research initiative
For immediate release: August 15, 2019 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has extended funding through 2022 for Together 5000 (T5K), a nationwide HIV prevention study led by Dr. Christian Grov of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) and the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health (ISPH). Since the initial two-year award, Dr. Grov’s research team has established a cohort of over 8,000 HIV-negative gay and bisexual men who are not on PrEP and at high risk for HIV acquisition, representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam. P...
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Do neurocysticercosis-related seizures lead to epilepsy and what is the long-term impact of treatment?

Do neurocysticercosis-related seizures lead to epilepsy and what is the long-term impact of treatment?
August 5, 2019 Neurocysticercosis, an infection of the brain with pork tapeworm larvae, is highly endemic in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Asia, and increasingly common in developed countries like the U.S. due to immigration. The larvae form cysts in the brain, which can cause a variety of neurological symptoms, seizures being the most common. Previous literature has suggested that neurocysticercosis is an important cause of epilepsy in developing countries where it is endemic. The standard treatment for neurocysticercosis is antiparasitic medication, such as albendazole, although...
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What motivates gay and bisexual men to participate in PrEP-related research?

What motivates gay and bisexual men to participate in PrEP-related research?
July 23, 2019 Preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been shown to be effective at preventing HIV among key populations like gay and bisexual men (GBM), but there remains a need to engage GBM in behavioral and clinical research to monitor factors such as adherence to PrEP and retention in PrEP-related quarterly medical appointments. In order to inform recruitment efforts for future PrEP research, recent MPH alum Alexa D’Angelo led a study on the factors motivating GBM to participate in a PrEP behavioral study. The results were published in the International Journal of Sexual Health. ...
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Depression associated with risky sexual behavior among truck drivers in Kenya

Depression associated with risky sexual behavior among truck drivers in Kenya
July 22, 2019 Truck drivers in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly at risk for both mental health disorders, including depression, and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, due to the stressful, transient lifestyle associated with their occupation. In a study published Thursday in the journal PeerJ, CUNY SPH doctoral student Matthew Romo and Associate Professor Elizabeth Kelvin assessed the prevalence of depression and explored its association with sexual risk behavior in a sample of long-distance truck drivers seeking services at two roadside wellness clin...
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