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Temple Awarded $3.27 Million NIH Grant to Investigate Inflammation Associated with HIV Infection in Context of Opioid Addiction

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The National Institutes of Health has awarded a Temple research team a 5-year, $3.27 million grant to study neuroinflammation following HIV-infection in the context of opioid addiction. Yuri Persidsky, MD, PhD, Chair and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) and Thomas Rogers, PhD, Director of the Center for Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research, Professor of Pharmacology and Professor in the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology at LKSOM, are co-principal investigators on the grant. The research will focus on why HIV infection in the brain leads to greater sensitivity to pain and reduced effectiveness of opioid therapeutics. Scienmag and News-Medical covered the news.