Ms. Natalie Kelso, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine, has received an F31 training grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The $75,400 grant will support her research on alcohol consumption patterns and cardiovascular health in people with HIV. Ms. Kelso hopes the findings from her study will provide data to better identify cardiovascular risk within clinical settings; make recommendations for clinical prevention services of cardiovascular disease; and highlight the importance of tailored interventions to better address alcohol use issues that are specific to persons living with HIV.
She is also the lead author of a systematic review of the literature on the association between alcohol use and cardiovascular disease in people with HIV that was published online July 30 in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.
Ms. Kelso’s primary mentor is Dr. Robert Cook, an associate professor of epidemiology and medicine, and director of the Southern HIV and Alcohol Research Consortium.