PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — The Alcohol Research Center on HIV (ARCH), a multidisciplinary program in the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at the Brown University School of Public Health, has been awarded $6.2 million in renewed funding.
A federal grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) will fund for the next five years collaborative research projects aimed at evaluating the most effective ways to address alcohol misuse in HIV prevention and care.
Alcohol misuse is a major driver of the HIV epidemic, impacting the spread and treatment of the virus both in the United States and globally. By increasing sexual risk behaviors, reducing adherence to antiretroviral therapy and increasing HIV-associated illnesses and mortality, alcohol misuse both increases the prevalence of the virus and diminishes the health of those living with HIV. The ARCH, launched with funding from the NIAAA in 2010, has studied the impact of alcohol misuse on HIV prevention and on the HIV care continuum for the past decade.
Principle investigator Christopher Kahler, a professor of behavioral and social sciences at Brown, called the center’s first 10 years “remarkably successful,” with research projects taking on major challenges related to alcohol misuse and HIV, and with training that has launched the careers of multiple early-career scientists.