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Florida Research Conference to Explore HIV and Substance Abuse

The Southern HIV Alcohol Research Consortium will host its 2015 annual conference, “HIV and Substance Abuse: Global Health Lessons, Local Health Impact,” January 28-29 in Gainesville, FL.

Led by Dr. Robert Cook, a professor of epidemiology and medicine at the University of Florida colleges of Public Health and Health Professions and Medicine, the Southern HIV Alcohol Research Consortium, or SHARC, was established in 2011 to bring together research teams that are conducting National Institutes of Health-funded research on alcohol consumption in people with HIV. The consortium’s mission is to improve health outcomes and reduce HIV transmission among the diverse range of populations affected by alcohol and HIV infection in the southeastern United States.

The annual conference is designed to showcase HIV and alcohol research in Florida and help participants gain a global health perspective on HIV and substance abuse. Working group topics will include aging and outcomes, co-morbid infections, health services research, immunology, mental health, and substance abuse co-morbidities, neurocognition, and statistical analysis. One-on-one mentoring is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information and to register for this free conference, please visit