Comorbid Conditions
Improving health and well-being through education, research, and training of the next generation of scientists.
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

Program Details

Career Development

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


  • 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

Professional & Personal Development

  • Networking Strategies
  • Etiquette Training, Use of Social Media, & Dining Customs
  • Cultural Competency Training

Get To Know Baltimore

“Experience Baltimore” Learn more about living in Baltimore

Called “Charm City” for a reason, Baltimore is a place that has a little something for everybody. Baltimore is a spirited city – a unique blend of historic charm, cultural heritage and urban vitality. With hanging out at the Inner Harbor, attending neighborhood festivals, biking to school and more, Johns Hopkins medical students, graduate students and residents have a lot to love about Baltimore.

Tour the Johns Hopkins Baltimore Campuses
Take a virtual tour of the two main Baltimore teaching hospitals: The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Tour of the Johns Hopkins Baltimore Campuses and Surrounding Area

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