Dr. Kevin Robertson honored for his work to understand the neurological effects of HIV

fb842458-2788-4812-b4c4-612385ac37fcKevin Robertson, PhD, is a professor of neurology and the director of the AIDS Neurological Center. He has led global research initiatives, and trained clinicians and researchers all over the world to establish research centers in Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, India, Thailand, Peru, and Zimbabwe. This summer, Robertson was recognized for his role in training the next generation of AIDS researchers across the globe by the American Psychological Association as the 2016 Distinguished Leader in Psychology and AIDS.

Robertson shared, “Even in 1987, there was a real interest in establishing an infrastructure here in infectious diseases and other disciplines. Things really took off when the Global HIV Prevention and Treatment Clinical Trials Unit was established to test the drugs that were in development and determine how effective they were.

Joe Eron led a number of those studies, and he’s just been a great collaborator and wonderful scientist and clinician and researcher. Mike Cohen has always been very supportive of my research in HIV in the brain. There’s always been really wonderful, collaborative, cutting-edge, leading scientists here at UNC doing this work. And it shows.

It shows in Mike Cohen’s work – showing that the virus can be suppressed and not transmitted to partners if you’re taking your antiretrovirals –  and Ron Swanstrom’s work. Dr. Swanstrom, who’s head of the Center for AIDS Research, and I have had a long collaboration, as well, studying virus in the brain and comparing that to systemic virus and looking for compartmentalization.”

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HIV & Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis

HIV Aging MentoringRegistration is open for the “HIV & Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis” Conference

October 2&3, 2014, Marriott Courtyard Decatur; Decatur, GA

A translational science meeting to address the basic science, clinical and socio-behavioral aspects of Aging with HIV/AIDS.

Preceding the conference will be a Mentoring Workshop for junior faculty qualifying as early stage and new investigators and post-doctoral fellows who have already identified a research topic at the intersection of HIV and Aging about which they have a research idea.

For conference agenda and more information, visit: http://nursing.emory.edu/news/events/hiv-aging/index.html