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Well-Known AIDS Researcher Appointed Director of Meharry Medical College Center for Health Disparities Research in HIV
Meharry Medical College in Tennessee this week appointed HIV/AIDS researcher James Hildreth as director of its new Center for Health Disparities Research in HIV, which will focus on how the disease disproportionately affects certain ethnic groups, especially blacks, the Tennessean reports. Hildreth, who will begin on July 1, said he will bring his research team to Meharry and employ behavioral scientists to investigate why people engage in behaviors that put them at risk of contracting HIV. He also will study "chemical condoms" and vaginal creams that could block HIV transmission during sexual intercourse, according to the Tennessean. The college recruited Hildreth because of "his stellar reputation and his absolute commitment to excellence in the research of health disparities in the area of HIV and AIDS," Meharry spokesperson Jill Scoggins said, adding, "The work that he's doing, in particular, will be a great advancement to stop the disease -- not only in this country, but globally." Hildreth, who was trained at Harvard University and the University of Oxford, was a professor at Johns Hopkins University for 17 years (North, Tennessean, 6/23).
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