Case Western Reserve University Receives $16 Million Federal Grant for new Research Center on Substance use and HIV

Case Western Reserve University Receives $16 Million Federal Grant for new Research Center on Substance use and HIV

Case Western Reserve University just received a $16 million, five-year federal grant to launch a multi-institutional research effort dedicated to understanding the relationship between substance use and HIV. The Case Western Reserve University Center for Excellence on the Impact of Substance Use on HIV will be established at the School of Medicine as a resource for researchers locally and across the country, CWRU said in a press release Monday.

The use of cocaine, opioids, methamphetamines, and other stimulants is the second-most-common cause of exposure to HIV among Americans diagnosed with the virus that causes AIDS, CWRU said.

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“More than 30% of people with HIV have multiple substance-use issues,” center leader Alan Levine, professor of molecular biology and microbiology at the CWRU School of Medicine, said in a statement. “It is poorly understood how these substances might combine with the HIV virus to further endanger and damage human health.”

“This center will investigate the biology, physiology, pathology, and social conditions for people who are carrying the HIV virus and using substances,” Levine said.

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