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CROI 2014: Research on HIV-Related Neurological Issues (Video)

July 9, 2014

IFARA sat down with Bruce Brew, Serena Spudich and Scott Letendre to talk about the HIV community's resurgent interest in neurology and the impact HIV itself might have on neurocognitive impairment. Issues discussed included the move from researching dementia, which is less common now, to studying milder forms of neurocognitive impairment, including depression; the potential neurological toxicity of some antiretrovirals; how starting treatment early may reduce inflammation in the brain and prevent neural injury; what can be learned from studies on Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis about brain involvement in these diseases that may be applicable to HIV research; and the impact of neurological research on searching for a cure for HIV.

Watch the video to learn more:

About the panelists:

  • Bruce Brew, M.B.B.S. (M.D.), F.R.A.C.P., Department of Neurology, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sidney, Australia
  • Serena Spudich, M.D., M.A., associate professor of neurology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Scott Letendre, M.D., professor of medicine, University of California-San Diego, San Diego, California

The video above has been posted on with permission from our partners at the International Foundation for Alternative Research in AIDS (IFARA). Visit IFARA's website or YouTube channel to watch more video interviews from the conference, as well as earlier meetings.

Barbara Jungwirth is a freelance writer and translator based in New York.

Follow Barbara on Twitter: @reliabletran.

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This article was provided by TheBodyPRO. It is a part of the publication The 21st Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2014).

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