NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The National Institutes of Health plans to fund researchers seeking to find out more about the pathogenic mechanisms, including genetic and epigenetic factors, that are involved in neurocognitive disorders caused by or associated with HIV infection.

HIV-1 Associated Neurocognitive Disorders, or HAND, are highly prevalent. A recent large-scale study found the disorders in 47 percent of HIV infected individuals.

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