Dr. Georgios Nikolopoulos Receives IAS/NIDA Fellowship to study with Dr. Samuel Friedman at NDRI
The International AIDS Society (IAS) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have announced that Dr. Georgios Nikolopoulos, of the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Athens, Greece, has received an IAS/NIDA post-doctoral research fellowship, with Dr. Samuel Friedman, Institute for AIDS Research, NDRI, as his mentor. During his 18-month fellowship, Dr. Nikolopoulos will be working on his project: “Developing measures to study how macro-level economic and social changes may have affected HIV risk in the population of injecting drug users” under Dr. Friedman’s guidance.
The IAS/NIDA research fellowships are awarded to junior scientists for 18 months of post-doctoral training, under the guidance/mentorship of a well-established HIV researcher and including eight-months of on-site professional development at institutes excelling in research on substance use and HIV. The purpose of the IAS Fellowship is “…to pursue groundbreaking research to advance the scientific understanding of the linkage between drug use and HIV, while fostering multinational research.”
The presentation of the IAS/NIDA fellowships took place on Monday, 23 July 2012 at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, D.C.
“The intersection of drug use and HIV is crucial to tracking, responding to and slowing the global HIV epidemic and we remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing innovative research,” stated NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow. “This ongoing partnership between NIDA and the IAS has proven to be a very effective mechanism for supporting outstanding research efforts that will bring us closer to effective and humane responses to these closely linked epidemics.” IAS President Dr. Elly Katabira stated that. “Fostering up and coming researchers in this field and promoting innovative research are central to the IAS’s larger efforts to improve conditions and outcomes for people who use drugs.”
We will be welcoming Dr. Nikolopoulos to NDRI in September, 2012.