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About Pilot Research Grants

Up to 5 pilot grants of $20,000 each will be awarded each year. Grants are given on a competitive basis to mentees of minority background conducting neuro-AIDS research. Awardees of these grants have been called “Scholars.”

The progress of these scholars is closely watched and reviewed each month at the Executive Committee meetings. Feedback and advice as appropriate is provided to each of the scholars.

Current Scholars 2014 - 2015

Name of Scholar 2014 - 2015Career StageHome InstitutionPilot Project Title or Research Interest
Mario Bianchet, PhDEarly CareerJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineAssociation of antioxidant-response SNP's with HAND persistence in post-cART era
Lisa Mangus, DVMPredoctoralJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBeyond the brain: SIV replication, reservoirs, and inflammation in the CNS spinal cord compartment
Valerie Oji, PharmD, BCPPEarly CareerTexas Southern UniversityImplementing HAND assessments and treatments to specialty medication therapy management (MTM) in HIV/AIDS infected psychiatric populations
Deanna Saylor, MD, MHSEarly CareerJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineAssociation between HIV subtype and inflammatory markers with peripheral neuropathy and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders in persons with HIV
Gabriel Wagner, MDEarly CareerUniversity of San DiegoHIV-1 dual infection and neurocognitive impairment

 

Previous Scholars

2013 - 2014

  1. Raissa Delmestre, PhD from University of Puerto Rico, San Juan
  2. Yoelvis Garcia-Mesa, PhD from Case Western Reserve University
  3. Yamil Gerena, PhD from University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
  4. Angela Pool, PhD from Emory University
  5. Kimberly Smith, PhD from Cedars Sinai, UCLA Medical Center
  6. Patrick Waring from Palo Alto University

2012 - 2013

  1. David Alvarez-Carbonell, PhD from Case Western Reserve University
  2. Sarah Beck, DVM from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  3. Cari Fritz-French from Emory University School of Medicine
  4. Jennifer Lyons, MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  5. Rosa Rodriguez, PhD from University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
  6. Bryan Smith, MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  7. April Thames, PhD from University of California Los Angeles
  8. Cai Yu from University of Nebraska

2011 - 2012

  1. Valeriya Avdoshina, PhD from Georgetown University
  2. Crystal Bethel-Brown from University of Nebraska
  3. Nicholas Kenney, PhD from Hampton University
  4. Kelly Metcalf-Pate, PhD, DVM from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  5. Fabian Santiago from University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
  6. Lu Yang from University of Nebraska

2010 - 2011

  1. Marilou Andres, PhD from University of Hawaii
  2. Jose Rodriguez, PhD from Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
  3. Valerie Toodle from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  4. Crystal Watkins, MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

2009 - 2010

  1. Summer Acevedo, PhD from Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
  2. Charlene Gamaldo, MD from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  3. Juliana Perez-Laspiur, PhD from University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus
  4. Melissa Agsalda from University of Hawaii

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