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HIV/AIDS - Research and Palliative Care


Professor Sawaya

Department of Neurology, Temple university, United States

Professor Sawaya

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Bassel E Sawaya

Dr Bassel E Sawaya is a professor of neurology at Temple University, Philadelphia. Dr Sawaya received his PhD in biochemistry and molecular genetics in 1994 from Rene Descartes University (Paris V-France). During his PhD, he studied regulation of the transferrin gene in neural cells under the supervision of Dr Evelyne Schaeffer. He demonstrated that the Tf-promoter in neural cells is different from the one expressed in liver or testis. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr Sawaya started his research in the HIV1 field. Dr Sawaya also received a biomedical engineering degree from Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) University, France. He then moved to the USA where he joined the lab of Dr Kamel Khalili at Thomas Jefferson University and Allegheny University (formerly Hahnemann). Dr Sawaya is currently a professor in the Departments of Neurology and Pharmacology at Temple University, as well as a professor in the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology.

Dr Sawaya's research focuses on understanding the replication and pathogenesis of the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) which is known to cause AIDS in humans. The lack of productive infection of neurons by HIV-1 suggests that viral and cellular proteins with neurotoxic activities that are released from HIV-1 infected target cells, or reservoirs cells for latent active virus, cause this neuronal deregulation leading to alteration of learning ability and working memory deficit. To that end, the Molecular Studies of Neurodegenerative Diseases (MSND) lab is involved in identifying the mechanisms utilizing molecular, virological, and cellular approaches to determine the cellular factors used by the viral proteins as well as their interplay with microRNAs to cause neuronal dysfunction.


Editorial Board

Marianna K. Baum, Professor, Dietetics and Nutrition, Public Health, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA

Paolo Bonfanti, MD, Director of Infectious Disesase Unit, Alessandro Manzoni Hospital, Lecco, Italy.

James Ekere Essien, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes & Policy; Director, Institute of Community Health, University of Houston, Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX, USA

Ian Paul Everall, Executive Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, UK

Maria Fernandez, Professor, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida, USA

Ramesh Ganju, Scott Endowed Professor of Pathology, Vice-Chair Experimental Pathology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA

Mahendra Kumar, Professor and Director, Molecular Endocrinology and Neurotransmitters Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL, USA

Dr Lai, Founding Editor. Professor of Pathology, Radiology Epidemiology and Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Steven E. Lipshultz, MD, FAAP, FAHA, Schotanus Family Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, the Carman and Ann Adams Endowed Chair in Pediatric Research, and Professor in the Carman and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Interim Director of the Children’s Research Center of Michigan, USA.

Stuart A. Lipton, MD, PhD, Professor, Departments of Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience; Co-Director, Neuroscience Translational Center; and Hannah and Eugene Step Chair in Neurodegenerative Disease at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Professor (adjunct) at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine and Yale School of Medicine; and Clinical Neurology Attending Physician in the UC San Diego Health System, USA

Charles F. Mactutus, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA

Yvonne (Bonnie) Maldonado, Professor and Chief, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA

Rick B. Meeker, Department of Neurology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Adjunct Professor, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Raleigh, NC, USA

Ayalew Mergia, Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Italo Mocchetti, Professor and Vice-chair, Department of Neuroscience, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA

Thomas Quinn, Professor, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

John J. Rossi, Lidow Family Research Chair, Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, Dean, Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Beckman Research Insitute of the City of Hope, Duarte, CA, USA

Raymond F. Schinazi, Frances Winship Walters Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Director, Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology, Director, HIV Cure Scientific Working Group, Emory University Center for AIDS Research, Atlanta, GA, USA

Ronald D. Stall, Professor and Associate Chair for Science, Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Jianguo (Tony) Sun, Professor, Statistics, University of Missouri Columbia, MO, USA.

Barbara Swanson, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, IL, USA

Robert F. Valois, Adjunct Professor, Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, USA

Brian Wigdahl, Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA

John A. Zaia, M.D., Director, Center for Gene Therapy, Aaron D. and Edith Miller Chair for Gene Therapy; Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute Department of Hematology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA, USA

Carmen D. Zorrilla, Professor, School of Medicine, OB-GYN Department, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA