Ryan Sanford, a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital/McGill University, is the award winner of the Relève étoile Jacques-Genest award of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). His Award-winning publication: Association of Brain Structure Changes and Cognitive Function With Combination Antiretroviral Therapy in HIV-Positive Individuals is published in JAMA Neurology.

Studies on individuals suffering from advanced HIV who respond poorly to treatment suggest that the impairments may stem from ongoing brain injury. But researchers have yet to figure out whether this also applies to patients in whom treatment is effective. Ryan Sanford therefore set out to determine whether brain atrophy also progresses in patients who are receiving treatment. A total of 48 HIV-infected patients who respond well to treatment and 31 healthy subjects underwent MRI scans and cognitive tests at a two-year interval.

Read the full abstract here.

The Relève étoile award (new name for the Étudiants-chercheurs étoiles award) is awarded to student-researchers by each of the three Fonds de recherche du Québec.

The FRQS Relève étoile award is now named after Jacques Genest as a tribute to this great researcher and builder.




June 26, 2018