Dr. Dustin Duncan, ScD Faculty Affiliate at NYU’s College of Global Public Health, was recently awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health (Grant# 1R21MH110190-01) to fund the Project 18 (P18) Neighborhood Study, which seeks to use real-time geospatial methods to investigate relationships between Global Positioning System (GPS)-defined activity space neighborhoods (especially through the use of novel data sources such as geo-located Twitter posts to define neighborhood characteristics)and HIV risk among a sample of young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City. The study plans to randomly enroll 250 young MSM from the NIH-funded P18 Cohort Study (Grant# 1R01DA025537; 2R01DA025537-06A1; PI: Dr. Perry Halkitis), an ongoing prospective cohort study of sexual behavior, substance use, and mental health burdens that includes racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse young MSM. CGPH’s Drs. Perry Halkitis and Rumi Chunara are co-Principal Investigators.
[Photo: Dr. Duncan Dustin]