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2017

New Publication: Contraceptive use among HIV-infected females with history of injection drug use in St. Petersburg, Russia (West et al.)

New Publication: Fatal and non-fatal overdose after narcology hospital discharge among Russians living with HIV/AIDS who inject drugs (Walley et al.)

New Publication: Alcohol types and HIV disease progression among HIV-infection drinkers not yet on antiretroviral therapy in Russia and Uganda (Asiimwe et al.)

Congratulations to Dr. Karsten Lunze and his wife, Dr. Fatima Lunze, for receiving the Victor Sidel and Barry Levy Award for Peace from the American Public Health Association (APHA) for establishing the NGO Health for the Caucasus, which works to strengthen health care for those directly and indirectly affected by violence in the Russian North Caucasus.

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Samet for receiving the American College of Physicians (ACP) Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award for his innovative work in the field of addiction medicine.

Free full text: Lifetime marijuana and alcohol use, and cognitive dysfunction in people with human immunodeficiency virus infection (Lorkiewicz) named as one of the top 10 high scoring articles in Taylor & Francis Altmetric report this past week

New Publication: Role of substance use in HIV care cascade outcomes among people who inject drugs in Russia (Idrisov)

Abstract accepted for a poster presentation at the 2018 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI): Zinc to reduce mortality and CVD risk and HIV disease progression in Russian drinkers (Freiberg et al.)

Symposium accepted at College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) 2018: “Polysubstance use is the norm: Time for research and practice to recognize and address it.” Dr. Richard Saitz is organizing the symposium.

New Publication: Lifetime marijuana and alcohol use, and cognitive dysfunction in people with human immunodeficiency virus infection (Lorkiewicz)

New Grant: Congratulations to Dr. Tibor Palfai on receiving funding for a UH2 to develop and evaluate a video telehealth approach to address alcohol use and pain for patients in an HIV-care setting.

New Grant: Congratulations to Drs. Jeffrey Samet and Judy Tsui on receiving funding for UH2 for a pilot to test novel pharmacotherapies (opioid receptor antagonists) to improve chronic pain among HIV-infected heavy drinkers.

New RFA: The CFAR Developmental Grants Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2017. Applications are due by November 1st. 

New Grant: Congratulations to Drs. Matthew Freiberg and Jeffrey Samet on receiving funding for an R01 examining the relationship between TMAO production and cardiovascular disease, using participants of the St PETER HIV trial.

New Grant: Congratulations to Dr. Judy Hahn for receiving funding for a U01 to examine an intervention to reduce alcohol use and increase adherence to TB preventative therapy among HIV/TB co-infected drinkers.

New Publication: Use of an android phone application for automated text messages in international settings: a case study in an HIV clinical trial in St. Petersburg, Russia (Forman)

New Publication: Food insecurity, HIV disease progression and access to care among HIV-infected Russians not on ART (Idrisov)

New Publication: HIV-related stigma and substance use in a Russian cohort of HIV-positive risky drinkers (Edelman)

New Grant: Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Freiberg on receiving funding for a U01 grant which will use participants in the St PETER HIV trial to examine effects of alcohol consumption on bacteria present in the gut.

New PublicationPolypharmacy and risk of non-fatal overdose for patients with HIV infection and substance dependence (Kim)

New Grant: Congratulations to Kaku So-Armah on receiving funding for a CFAR developmental project, which will leverage St PETER resources and support whole genome sequencing of fecal microbiomes and intestinal fatty acid binding protein (IFABP) to measure intestinal permeability.

New Publication: HIV stigma and unhealthy alcohol use among people living with HIV in Russia (Lunze)

New Publication: FIB-4 stage of liver fibrosis predicts incident heart failure among HIV infected and uninfected patients (So-Armah)

New Publication: The relationship between spirituality/religiousness and unhealthy alcohol use among HIV-infected adults in southwestern Uganda (Adong)

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at American Public Health Association (APHA) 2017: False HIV positive diagnoses: Lessons from Uganda and Russia research cohorts (Coleman et al.)

New Grant: Congratulations to Angela Bazzi on receiving a K01 grant to develop a community-based PrEP intervention for people who inject drugs.

New Publication: Impact of illicit opioid use on T cell subsets among HIV-infected adults (Edelman)

New Publication:  HIV-infected individuals who use alcohol and drugs and virologic suppression (Nolan)

New Publication: Lifetime and recent alcohol use and bone mineral density in adults with HIV infection and substance dependence (Ventura)

Call for Papers: PLOS Medicine seeks manuscripts that cover advances in the prevention, treatment and cure of HIV infection

New Publication: Randomized study of assessment effects on alcohol use by persons with HIV in rural Uganda (Emenyonu)

New Publication: Identification of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use disorder: A case report (Godersky). Click here for a narrated author presentation. 

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) 2017: Heavy drinking among HIV-infected women and men in the United States, Russia, and Uganda (Gnatienko et al.)

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the 2017 NIDA International Forum and College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD): Opioid craving and HIV care cascade outcomes (Idrisov et al.). Bulat Idrisov also received a travel award to present at NIDA International Forum .

Symposium accepted at Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) 2017: “Use of biomarkers to advance alcohol and HIV research.” Jeffrey Samet and Kendall Bryant are organizing the symposium, and Kaku So-Armah and Theresa Kim will present on Russia ARCH and Boston ARCH data respectively.

New RFA: The CFAR Developmental Grants Program is now accepting applications for Spring 2017. Applications are due by April 3.

New publication: Phosphatidylethanol confirmed alcohol use among ART-naïve HIV-infected persons who denied consumption in rural Uganda (Muyindike)

2016

New publication: The formation, elimination, interpretation, and future research needs of Phosphatidylethanol for research studies and clinical practice (Hahn)

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infectious (CROI) 2017: Does the benefit of IPT for persons with HIV who consume alcohol outweigh the risk? (Freiman et al.)

Congratulations to Evgeny Krupitsky, Dmitry Lioznov, Jeffrey Samet, and Edwin Zvartau  on receiving the Prix Galien Russia Committee Special Jury Award on World AIDS Day for their research on the prevalence of HIV in vulnerable and special populations in the Russian Federation.

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infectious (CROI) 2017: Longitudinal association between alcohol use and inflammatory biomarkers (So-Armah et al.)

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) 2017: Are depression and anxiety symptoms associated with heavy smoking or higher nicotine dependence among HIV-infected smokers in Russia? (Lasser et al.)

New publication: Mortality in HIV-infected substance users in Russia (Fairbairn)

Register today for the Providence/Boston CFAR 2016 World AIDS Day Symposium on December 1st at Boston Medical Center!

Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Samet for being named the first John Noble Professor of General Internal Medicine at Boston University

Abstract  presentation at the CFAR Joint Symposium on HIV Research in Women: “Sexual violence from police and HIV risks among HIV-infected women who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia” (Lunze et al.). Dr. Karsten Lunze also received a travel award to present at this conference.

New Publication: Pain and risk behaviors among HIV-infected persons in St. Petersburg, Russia (Tsui)

Call for Papers: Addiction Science Clinical Practice (ASCP) seeks manuscripts that address the impact of drug and/or alcohol use on the HIV care cascade 

New Publication: Insights on the Russian HCV care cascade: minimal HCV treatment for HIV/HCV co-infected PWID in St. Petersburg (Tsui)

New Publication: Alcohol use and food insecurity among people living with HIV in Mbarara, Uganda and St. Petersburg, Russia (Patts)

New Publication: Alcohol use and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection: Current knowledge, implications, and future directions (Williams)

New Grant: Congratulations to Drs. Jennifer Wagman and Judith Tsui on receiving an NIAAA Gender Diversity Supplement to conduct sex/gender comparative analyses using existing data from our Russia ARCH/ZINC cohort

Congratulations to Dr. Karsten Lunze on receiving an Early Career Investigator Award to support his attendance at AHSR 2016

Dr. Jeffrey Samet will deliver a plenary “Co-occurring substance use and infectious disease” at AHSR 2016

New Grant: Congratulations to Kaku So-Armah on receiving a K01 grant examining novel mechanisms that drive excess atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk within the context of HIV and the role of liver injury

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at the HIV and Liver Disease 2016 Conference: Relationship of liver fibrosis score and LDL-cholesterol levels in HIV mono-infected and HIV/Hepatitis C co-infected patients (So-Armah et al.). Kaku So-Armah also received a travel award to present at this conference.

Job Postings: Boston ARCH is hiring a Project Manager and Research Assistants to join their team!

New Publication: Sexual violence from police and HIV risk behaviours among HIV-positive women who inject drugs in St. Petersburg, Russia: a mixed methods study (Lunze)

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at IAS 2016: Sexual violence from police against HIV-infected women who inject drugs in St Petersburg, Russia: a mixed methods analysis of public health and human rights implications (Lunze et al.)

New Publication: Effects of heavy drinking on T-cell phenotypes consistent with immunosenescence in untreated HIV infection (So-Armah)

New Publication: Vaginal Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) is a useful biomarker of semen exposure among HIV-infected Ugandan women (Woolf-King)

URBAN ARCH welcomes Julia Purks, recipient of a 2016 CFAR Summer Student Internship, working under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Samet

New Grant: Congratulations to Dr. Karsten Lunze on receiving a K99 R00 grant addressing stigma and health care among HIV-infected Russians who inject drugs

New Grant: Congratulations to Dr. Karsten Lunze on receiving a CFAR Collaborative grant entitled “Double Stigma as Barrier to Integrated HIV Treatment among HIV Infected PWID in Ukraine.”

New Publication: Alcohol interactive toxicity beliefs and ART non-adherence among HIV-infected current drinkers in Mbarara, Uganda (Fatch)

New Publication: The impact of prescribed opioids on CD4 cell count recovery among HIV-infected patients newly initiating antiretroviral therapy (Edelman)

New Publication: Alcohol Consumption in Ugandan HIV-Infected Household-Brewers Versus Non-Brewers (Thakarar)

New Publication: Do Biomarkers Of Inflammation, Monocyte Activation And Altered Coagulation Explain Excess Mortality Between HIV Infected and Uninfected People? (So-Armah)

Congratulations to Dr. Karsten Lunze on receiving the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award from the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM)

URBAN ARCH at CPDD 2016

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at SGIM 2016: Polypharmacy and risk of falls and fractures for patients with HIV infection and substance dependence (Kim et al.)

New Grant: Congratulations to Drs. Sabrina Assoumou and Angela Robertson Bazzi for each receiving a Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Developmental Grant

Congratulations to Natalia Gnatienko and Carly Bridden for receiving a BU CTSI Award to attend the CROI 2016 Conference.

New Grant: Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Fuster on receiving a grant from the Ministry of Health in Spain to examine the effect of alcohol intake on intestinal permeability, systemic inflammation and oxidative stress

2015

SAVE THE DATE – URBAN ARCH ANNUAL MEETING: April 5-6, 2016; Boston University Medical Campus.

Dr. Jeffrey Samet receives $10,000 to support NIDA International Forum Travel Awards

Congratulations to Dr. Karen Jacobson on receiving the 2015-2016 Boston University Robert Dawson Evans Junior Faculty Merit Award, selected from over 450 faculty, which will provide two years of support for Dr. Jacobson’s research-related activities.

In the News: Dr. Angela Robertson Bazzi receives a Boston University Peter Paul Career Development Professorship Award

New Publication: Unhealthy alcohol use is associated with monocyte activation prior to starting antiretroviral therapy (Carrico)

Strengthening the Cascade – Current Work and New Ideas on the Cascade of Care for HIV, TB, and HCV,” organized by Jeffrey Samet and Sydney Rosen on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 10:00am – 3:00pm on the Boston University Medical Campus.

New Publication: Pain and Mortality Risk in a Cohort of HIV-Infected Persons with Alcohol Use Disorders (Tsui)

New Publication: Declining and Rebounding Unhealthy Alcohol Consumption During the First Year of HIV Care in Rural Uganda, Using Phosphatidylethanol to Augment Self-Report (Hahn)

New Publication: Stigma and Human Rights Abuses Against People Who Inject Drugs in Russia – A Qualitative Investigation to Inform Policy and Public Health Strategies (Lunze)

New Grant: Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Wagman on receiving a NIAAA K01 Award to work with Drs. Jeffrey Samet and Judy Hahn from URBAN ARCH.

Abstract accepted for poster and oral presentation at Society for Leukocyte Biology Annual Meeting 2015: Is liver injury a mechanism of accelerated immune dysfunction (immunosenescence) among ART-naive HIV-infected Russians with a recent history of heavy drinking? (So-Armah et al.)

New Grant: Congratulations to Dr. Bulat Idrisov from Russia on receiving a NIDA INVEST Fellowship to work under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Samet in Boston

New Publication: Development and Validation of the East Africa Alcohol Expectancy Scale (AFEXS)

New Publication: Comparison of Traditional and Novel Self-Report Measures to an Alcohol Biomarker for Quantifying Alcohol Consumption Among HIV-Infected Adults in Sub-Saharan Africa

“BU Researchers Working to Solve Health Problems Around the Globe,” featuring Jeffrey Samet: Multi-country (Russia, Uganda, US) research on HIV infection and alcohol use and abuse on Monday, May 18, 2015 3:00-5:00PM; Boston University Medical Campus, Hiebert Lounge.

New Publication: Qualitative Study of Changes in Alcohol Use Among HIV-Infected Adults Entering Care and Treatment for HIV/AIDS in Rural Southwest Uganda

New Publication: Heroin Use and HIV Disease Progression: Results from a Pilot Study of a Russian Cohort

URBAN ARCH Presents: “Immunity and Inflammation in HIV and Alcohol’s Potential Role” by Peter Hunt on April 28, 2015 12:00-1:00PM, Boston University Medical Campus, Crosstown Building, Room 2128 (GIM Seminar Room).

URBAN ARCH at CPDD 2015

URBAN ARCH at RSA 2015

New Grant: Congratulations to Dr. Richard Saitz and Theresa Kim on receiving an NIAAA Administrative Supplement to examine the effects of alcohol and opioid consumption on bone turnover markers (BTMs) in our Boston ARCH study.

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at Society for Clinical Trials Annual Meeting 2015: Use of an Android phone app for automated text messaging in international settings (Forman et al.)

Presentation at American Society of Addiction Medicine Conference 2015: Chronic Pain Management In HIV/HCV Co-infected: Complexities and Opportunities (Samet), as part of the “Clinical Management of Substance Abusers with Co-Occurring HIV and HCV Infections” session on April 25, 2015 at 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

2014

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at American Pain Society’s Annual Scientific Meeting 2015: Pain and mortality among HIV-infected persons with alcohol problems (Tsui et al.)

In the News: For Heroin Users, Less May Reduce Immune Cells (Jen Edelman)

New Publication: HERMITAGE-a randomized controlled trial to reduce sexually transmitted infections and HIV risk behaviors among HIV-infected Russian drinkers

In the News: Occasional heroin use may worsen HIV infection (Edelman et al.)

In the News: Calling it straight on alcohol (Rich Saitz & Jeffrey Samet)

SAVE THE DATE – URBAN ARCH ANNUAL MEETING: April 28-28, 2015; BU Medical Campus

Abstract accepted for poster presentation at Einstein-Montefiore CFAR HIV symposium 2014: Prevalence and factors associated with depressive symptoms amongst HIV+ pre-ART patients in Mbarara (Adong et al.)

Abstract accepted for oral presentation at MUST 2014: Under reporting of alcohol consumption among persons with HIV not yet on ART in Mbarara, Uganda (Muyindike et al.)

Abstract accepted for oral presentation at MUST 2014: Prevalence and factors associated with depressive symptoms among HIV+ pre-ART patients in Mbarara (Adong et al.)

New Publication: Qualitative Study of Changes in Alcohol Use Among HIV-Infected Adults Entering Care and Treatment for HIV/AIDS in Rural Southwest Uganda

Abstract accepted for oral presentation at APHA 2014: Design of an RCT evaluating zinc supplementation to prevent progression of HIV disease among heavy drinkers in the Russia ARCH cohort (Freiberg et al).

In the News: Intervention may not reduce risky behaviors among those with HIV

In the News: Why Are HIV Rates So High in Russia? (Jeffrey Samet)

New Grant: Congratulations to Dr. Kaku So-Armah on receiving an NIAAA Diversity Supplement to examine the role of liver disease, alcohol, and immune dysfunction in our Russia ZINC study.

New Publication: Pain is associated with risky drinking over time among HIV-infected persons in St. Petersburg, Russia

New Publication: HERMITAGE- a randomized controlled trial to reduce sexually transmitted infections and HIV risk behaviors among HIV-infected Russian drinkers

New publication: Decreases in self-reported alcohol consumption following HIV counseling and testing at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda.

New publication: Punitive policing and associated substance use risks among HIV-positive people in Russia who inject drugs.

New publication: Factors Associated With Study Attrition Among HIV-Infected Risky Drinkers in St. Petersburg, Russia.

NIAAA Recognizes Alcohol Awareness Month 2014 in April

New Publication:Inflammatory cytokines and mortality in a cohort of HIV-infected adults with alcohol problems.

New publication: Associations of Sex Trafficking History with Recent Sexual Risk among HIV-Infected FSWs in India.

New Publication:The influence of depressive symptoms on alcohol use among HIV-infected Russian drinkers.
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New Publication:Self-reported alcohol abstinence associated with ART initiation among HIV-infected persons in rural Uganda.

New Publication: Risk factors for recent nonfatal overdose among HIV-infected Russians who inject drugs.

2013

New Publication:Depressive Symptoms and Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Initiation Among HIV-Infected Russian Drinkers.

Epidemiologist Immerses Himself in Big Data as He Studies the Link Between HIV and Cardiovascular Disease>New publication: Depressive Symptoms and Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Initiation Among HIV-Infected Russian Drinkers.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Samet, the 2013 Robert Dawson Evans Research Mentoring Award recipient

Receive updates on addiction-related content by following Dr. Saitz on Twitter @UnhealthyAlcDrg

Judy Hahn, PhD, MA, receives K24 award from NIAAA

New Publication:Human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis C, and inflammatory biomarkers in individuals with alcohol problems: a cross-sectional study.

New Publication: Impact of Lifetime Alcohol Use on Liver Fibrosis in a Population of HIV-Infected Patients With and Without Hepatitis C Coinfection.

New Publication: IL-6 is associated with non-invasive markers of liver fibrosis in HIV-infected patients with alcohol problems.

New Publication: Associations between partner violence perpetration and history of STI among HIV-infected substance using men in Russia.

New Publication:Nondisclosure of HIV infection to sex partners and alcohol’s role: a Russian experience.

New Publication: Is cannabis use associated with HIV drug and sex risk behaviors among Russian HIV-infected risky drinkers?

New Publication:Risky Alcohol Use and Serum Aminotransferase Levels in HIV-Infected Adults With and Without Hepatitis C

Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, presents on Unhealthy Alcohol Use

2012

Daniel Fuster, MD, PhD, Fellow, receives Young Investigator Award to attend the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections

Russian researcher and public health activist discusses role of NGOs in addressing the epidemic of drug use, HIV and TB in Russia.

Grant Awarded: Zinc for HIV Disease Among Alcohol Users – An RCT in the Russia ARCH Cohort

URBAN ARCH welcomes a junior investigator from Ukraine who received a NIDA INVEST Fellowship to train in Boston for one year under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Samet.

Richard Saitz, MD, MPH receives ASAM Distinguished Scientist Lecture Award

URBAN ARCH at RSA 2012

2012 Annual Meeting Updates

Newsletter (2014-present)

Volume 4, Issue 3 (July-September 2017)

Volume 4, Issue 2 (April-June 2017)

Volume 4, Issue 1 (January-March 2017)

Volume 3, Issue 4 (October-December 2016)

Volume 3, Issue 3 (July-September 2016)

Volume 3, Issue 2 (April-June 2016)

Volume 3, Issue 1 (January-March 2016)

Volume 2, Issue 4 (October-December 2015)

Volume 2, Issue 3 (July-September 2015)

Volume 2, Issue 2 (April-June 2015)

Volume 2, Issue 1 (January-March 2015)

Volume 1, Issue 4 (October-December 2014)

Volume 1, Issue 3 (July-September 2014)

Volume 1, Issue 2 (April-June 2014)

Volume 1, Issue 1 (January-March 2014)