What can we learn about HIV’s presence in the brain?
Dr. Power’s research seeks to investigate HIV expression in the brain and how HIV reservoirs in the brain can be reduced using current and new therapies.
HIV positive patients receiving combination antiretroviral therapy are at risk of HIV mediated brain damage termed “HIV associated neurocognitive disorder” (HAND). In fact, a quarter of HIV patients receiving medication are affected by some form of brain damage. The first goal of this project is to identify the presence of HIV in the human brain. The second goal is to understand the interaction of HIV in the brain among patients resistant to HIV medication. The third goal of this project is to understand how HIV in brain cells react to new medications. Dr. Power’s research is investigating a relatively unknown field of HIV expression in the brain in order to better create a functional cure.