Dr. Robert Cook, a professor of epidemiology and medicine in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine, has been named chair of the Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research, the scientific arm of The AIDS Institute.
[Photo: Dr. Robert Cook]
The Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research promotes and coordinates inter-institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration on HIV research, including behavioral/epidemiologic studies, clinical trials and studies of basic science, virology and vaccine development. Its members include researchers from seven universities, the Florida Department of Health and 11 other research entities across the state, including from the private sector. Members are involved in more than 400 recent and ongoing HIV/AIDS research studies.
Dr. Cook’s research has focused on prevention issues involving HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. His NIH-funded research studies include an investigation of the relationship of alcohol and drug use patterns to STD outcomes in young persons, a clinical trial investigating the impact of home screening for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and a study of immune response in persons infected with influenza and the West Nile Virus.
He is the director of the Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium, which brings together research teams that are conducting National Institutes of Health-funded research on alcohol consumption in people with HIV. The consortium’s mission is to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among the diverse range of populations affected by alcohol and HIV infection in the southeastern United States.