Our interdisciplinary laboratory focuses on clinical and translational investigation of aging-related issues in older adults living with HIV infection. We are not a traditional wet laboratory, but we actively collaborate with basic scientists and translational investigators, as well as epidemiologists, social scientists, and other clinical investigators.
We have conducted a large, cross-sectional psychosocial/behavioral/biomedical survey on a random sample of older adult with HIV receiving outpatient care at the Center for Special Studies HIV clinic of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medicine, in collaboration with investigators at Hunter College and GMHC. This has served as the basis for a substudy that characterized co-morbitiies, frailty state, cognitive function, and body compositon in this population and created a biorepository. The substudy was conducted in collaboration with the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center. This careful phenotyping is serving as the basis of studies evaluating novel biomarkers of aging-related complications and associations with psychological and behavioral characteristics.