CHAIN (Chronic HIV infection and Aging in NeuroAIDS) Center
The now chronic nature of HIV has been a major advancement in AIDS care. While HIV infected individuals are living longer, damaging effects of HIV persist in the brain and may interact with other neurodegenerative disorders.
The CHAIN (Chronic HIV infection and Aging in NeuroAIDS) Center is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (P30 MH062261).
The Chronic HIV Infection and Aging in NeuroAIDS (CHAIN) Center provides the necessary leadership and backbone of support to continue the outstanding research on HIV/AIDS and the central nervous system ongoing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and throughout the nation. Innovative multidisciplinary high-impact work that has resulted from this Center will continue under an overall theme of the study of HIV, aging, and the brain. HIV is now a chronic disease, and HIV-associated neurological disorders (HAND) have changed. Thus, while keeping our prime focus, we have modified the Center and the Cores following the new NIH priorities for using AIDS-designated funds. Through this Center mechanism, we will significantly facilitate diagnosis, testing, and interventional strategies in neuroAIDS. Experts in a number of fields will direct Cell-Tissue-Animal, Imaging, Omics, and Therapeutics cores. These combined with a Developmental core to stimulate new and innovative work and an Administrative core to integrate and run the Center will serve to significantly enhance our knowledge of neuroAIDS, its prevention and treatment.
To support our investigators' research efforts, core services/resources are available.
The Center continues to be successful as evidenced by the many research publications resulting from the CHAIN grant.
Besides research publications, another goal is to provide up to date information on contemporary issues related to HIV on the nervous system. We do this through an annual colloquium. This all day, in-house event is also provided as a free webinar. Links to past sessions are available.