Comorbid Conditions
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Central Nervous System Disorders

Cognitive and memory impairment remain prevalent in spite of treatment.

Metabolic Disorders

Insulin-resistance and lipid storage/use disorders have increased as individuals age with HIV infection.

Organ System Disorders

Multiple organ systems continue to be negatively impacted by ongoing immune activation in the setting of treatment.

Mental Health & Resilience

Positive adaption strategies.

Discovery & Problem Solving

Identifying, prioritizing and selecting alternatives for a solution; and implementing a solution.

Next-generation Approach to Treatment and Cures

Precision medicine: offer individualized, targeted, and highly-tailored approaches to treatment.

Precision health: use individual patient information, like genetics, environment, lifestyle, and psychosocial factors, to help predict illness and keep people healthy.

National Workforce Development

Leaders in the USA and Globally

Pipeline development: mentorship, education, and research experiences to support career pursuits

Multidisciplinary training: basic, clinical, and translational research in HIV and co-morbidities

Experiential learning: hands-on summer research (basic or clinical) and HIV clinic shadowing experiences

Community service: educate and enhance capacity locally

Cross-cutting areas

Immune dysfunction and the CNS

Amanda Brown, PhD
Program Director
Associate Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience

Norman Haughey, PhD
Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Neurology

Dionna Williams, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular & Comparative Pathobiology and Medicine

Joel Blankson, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Molecular & Comparative Pathobiology

Glenn Treisman, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Director, AIDS Psychiatry Service 
Director of the Pain Treatment Program 
Co-Director of the Amos Food, Body, and Mind Center

Jeremy Walston, MD
Professor of Medicine and Oncology
Deputy Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Co-Director, Biology of Healthy Aging Program

Ned Sacktor, MD
Professor of Neurology
Center Co-Director: JHU NIMH Center for Novel Therapeutics for HIV-associated Cognitive Disorders

Leah Rubin, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Neurology, Epidemiology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Center Co-Director: JHU NIMH Center for Novel Therapeutics for HIV-associated Cognitive Disorders

Despite known disparities in the incidence of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV-1) in the US, the biomedical research workforce investigating this disease and its comorbid neurological consequences does not adequately represent the diversity of the communities where this disease is most prevalent in the 21st Century. Moreover, neurological disparities persist in people with HIV (PWH), even in those on an effective antiretroviral therapy regimen.  The specific aim of this program is to significantly increase the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds who pursue PhDs or MD-PhDs in Neuroscience research related to NeuroHIV and its comorbidities.

This program is open to highly-qualified first- or second- year undergraduate students who are motivated to pursue a research-based advanced degree (PhD or MD-PhD). JHNeurophytes offers 10-weeks of hands-on mentored research training, as well as a variety of personal and professional development seminar offerings to support our Scholars, in an effort to address the critical need for increased diversity, representation and inclusion in the biomedical workforce studying the neurological consequences of HIV. See below to learn more about the training offered through the JHNeurophytes program.


Program Details

Career Development

  • Career Goal Discussions
  • Real-time Webinars with subject area science experts
  • Develop, Refine, and Execute Individualized Roadmap
  • Networking and Scientific Communication


  • Comprehension of scientific literature
  • Experimental design, rigor, reproducibility
  • Data Management

Science Skills Development

  • The Scientific Method
  • Dissemination: Oral Presentations, Writing Science Abstracts and Manuscripts
  • Graduate & Medical School Entrance Preparation
  • Experimental and Analytical Techniques

Professional & Personal Development

  • Networking Strategies
  • Use of Social Media and Digital Resources in Research
  • Cultural Competency Training
  • Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity

Program Collaborations

Johns Hopkins CARES

Johns Hopkins Career, Academic, and Research Experiences for Students (CARES) Network and Symposium

Johns Hopkins Neuroscience Program

Johns Hopkins Neuroscience Program strives to mentor, develop, and foster scientific skills, intellectual curiosity, and personal growth in undergraduates from underrepresented and deaf or hard-of-hearing (D/HH) backgrounds into PhD or MD/PhD programs in the neurosciences