SUNY Downstate receives over $2 million for STAR

1/30/2014, 1:07 p.m.

HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau has also given Downstate a Ryan White Part C Supplemental Award of $525,000 over a two-year period. The award will allow the STAR program, under the direction of DeHovitz, to further the recruitment of culturally competent staff members and enhance primary care services of the STAR Health Center through the implementation of a home visiting program.

Previously announced STAR program-related funding for 2013 includes a $1,197,766 award from the New York state Department of Health’s Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program. This award will enable Downstate to study the accelerated aging phenomenon found in successfully treated HIV patients, which includes an unusual variant of arteriosclerotic disease.

The principal investigator is Deborah R. Gustafson, professor of neurology. The team of collaborating investigators includes Dr. Alison Baird, MD, PhD, professor of neurology and physiology and pharmacology; Dr. Howard Crystal, professor of neurology; Dr. Jason Lazar, MPH, professor of medicine; Dr. Steven Levine, professor of neurology and emergency medicine; and DeHovitz. 

Also, as previously announced, HRSA’s AIDS Education and Training Center gave the STAR program, led by DeHovitz, a $1.5 million award to educate and train physician assistants in HIV care, in collaboration with the Physician Assistant Program in Downstate’s College of Health Related Professions. Dawn Morton-Rias, EdD, PA-C, is dean of the College of Health Related Professions. Felix Nwamaghinna, MSB, RPA-C, is chair of the Physician Assistant Program.