NIH branch names recipients for 2017 HIV research awards

The National Institute on Drug Abuse — an arm of the National Institutes of Health — announced the winners of the 2017 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS Research Wednesday.

Winners of the competition were awarded $500,000 in funding to be dispersed over five years to support the winning scientists' research. The competition is meant to foster scientific advancements that may one day result in groundbreaking treatments for HIV/AIDS among drug users.

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"With nearly 37 million people living with HIV worldwide, it is essential that researchers continue to develop effective prevention and treatment strategies for those suffering from this devastating disease, including people with substance use disorders," said NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow, MD. "These scientists are pioneering exciting new approaches aimed at preventing and treating new cases of HIV and helping people at risk live longer, healthier lives."

The three awardees are listed below.

• Michael Farzan, PhD, of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif.

• Eric Poeschla, PhD, of University of Colorado Denver

• Peter Kim, PhD, of Stanford (Calif.) University

To learn more about the awardees and their research, click here.

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