Project

Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)/Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) Project: A Neurobiology Study of Methamphetamine Abuse and HIV infection in Thai Young Adults

Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI) Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)/Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) Project: A Neurobiology Study of Methamphetamine Abuse and HIV infection in Thai Young Adults

Principal Investigator: Paul, Robert
Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Official Title: HMRI MRI/MRS Project: A Neurobiology Study of Methamphetamine Abuse and HIV infection in Thai Young Adults

HMRI MRI/MRS Project: A Neurobiology Study of Methamphetamine Abuse and HIV infection in Thai Young Adults

Availability of state-of-the-art MR technology with its newly installed 1.5T Philips MR scanner at the Department of Radiological Technology, Chiang Mai University, Thailand, is essential to this project. The lack of knowledge on MRI and MRS methods is proving to be a major barrier in clinical research in HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. The research topics chosen in this project take advantage of the active research in epidemiological investigations in HIV/AIDS and drug abuse at the RIHES unit of Chiang Mai University. Research lacks expertise in neurobiology in the effect of HIV infection and drug abuse on the central nervous system (CNS). Normative brain MRI and MRS data will be collected from subjects who are HIV infected, methamphetamine abusers, and have co- morbidities. An aim of this project is to build expertise in MR technology. Training and mentoring of MR physicists, healthcare professionals and technicians in Northern Thailand will be enhanced.

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