Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that SUNY Downstate Medical Center has received a seven-year, $16 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to fund a new study to expand our understanding of the physical, mental, and psychosocial impacts of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and prolonged exposure to anti-retroviral therapy on long-term survivors with HIV. The study provides a unique perspective on how HIV and its treatments make patients more susceptible to chronic conditions or worsens their symptoms from these diseases.
The grant will help fund the Brooklyn Clinical Research Site at Downstate where two important prospective cohort studies — the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) and Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) — were integrated and expanded into the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS) in January after decades of working separately. Through this study, researchers are examining multiple focus areas, including the intersection of HIV with mental health and well-being; social, environmental, and psychological factors associated with engagement in care; and frailty.
The MWCCS at SUNY Downstate will be led by Dr. Deborah Gustafson, professor of neurology, and Tracey Wilson, Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the SUNY Downstate Medical Center School of Public Health.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 28