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HIV/AIDS - Research and Palliative Care
Department of Neurology, Temple university, United States
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.
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
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
Jag H. Khalsa, Chief, Medical Consequences Branch, Division of Pharmacotherapies and Medical, Consequences of Drug Abuse, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 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
Prof. Dr. Lipshultz
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
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
Jianguo (Tony) Sun, Professor, Statistics, University of Missouri Columbia, MO, USA.
Brian Wigdahl, Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Director, Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease, 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