Needham Resident Receives Three Grants

in Health & Medicine, News Releases, School of Medicine
January 8th, 2001

Contact: Gina M. Digravio, 617-638-8491 | gina.digravio@bmc.org

(Boston, Mass.) — Needham resident Jeffrey Samet, MD, an associate professor of medicine and public health at Boston University School of Medicine, recently received a grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). This five-year, $3.7 million grant will test whether alcohol consumption and hepatitis C virus, together or separately, are associated with worse HIV related disease progression. It is hoped that the results of this study will provide crucial information needed for the development and prioritization of interventions for co-infected persons with addictions.

The NIAAA has also provided Samet with an additional $237,000 to be used to better understand the relationships among alcohol use, HIV infection and HIV risk behaviors in Russia. The long-term goal of the project is to determine appropriate prevention interventions to reduce the transmission of HIV infection in Russia.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has also provided Samet with $230,000 to determine the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases in drug abusing patients. It is hoped that the results of this study will help target, diagnose, treat and provide prevention to this population.

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