Brandon J. Lew

Brandon Lew

Brandon J. Lew

PhD in IGPBS - Neuroscience

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellowship (2019-2023)

The NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) offers Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellowships (F30 NSRAs) to support promising doctoral candidates to perform dissertation research and training for an MD/PhD degree in a scientific health-related field relevant to the mission of the NIDA. Brandon J. Lew, an MD/PhD Scholar at UNMC, has been awarded a 4-year F30 NSRA from the NIDA for his project entitled “The Impact of Chronic Cannabis Use on Neuromagnetic Activity in Persons Living with HIV.” People living with HIV are living longer and developing more neurologic comorbidities such as HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorder. Recognizing that chronic cannabis use is highly prevalent in people living with HIV, Brandon is using advanced brain imaging methods to study the neural consequences – good and bad – of chronic cannabis use in the context of HIV infection. Brandon’s research was completed under the mentorship of Tony Wilson, PhD, Scientific Director of the Center for Magnetoencephalography in the Department Neurological Sciences, receiving the PhD degree in May 2021. Brandon will pursue the final two years of his medical school training at UNMC.