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UTHealth: Faculty Member Receives R01 Grant to Develop Anal Cancer Screening Algorithms

Dr. Ashish A Deshmukh, assistant professor in the Department of Management, Policy and Community Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, recently received a four-year, $2 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health for his project: Optimizing Age-based Anal Cancer Screening Among People Living with HIV (PLWH) using Decision Analytic Modeling.

The incidence of anal cancer has been increasing among people living with HIV (PLWH) as they age. Given that nearly half of PLWH are now 50-years or older, preventative health care in the form of screening is a major public health priority to decrease their risk of developing anal cancer.

Dr. Deshmukh’s project will evaluate anal cancer screening among HIV-infected persons with the objective of informing evidence-based screening recommendations. His research team will use several real-world databases to determine the most optimal population-based screening algorithm that will prevent anal cancer among these high-risk persons and ultimately decrease anal cancer mortality.

Dr. Deshmukh is the principal investigator on the study. Co-investigators are Dr. Kalyani Sonawane and Dr. David R. Lairson of UTHealth School of Public Health. Collaborators include Dr. Jagpreet Chhatwal and Dr. Gizem Nemutlu of Harvard School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital; Dr. Alan G. Nyitray of Medical College of Wisconsin; Dr. Keith Sigel, Dr. Michael Gaisa and Dr. Steve Goldstone of Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine; Dr. Elizabeth Yu Chiao of Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Anna R. Giuliano of Moffitt Cancer Center.