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CNS HIV Translational Research


Richard W. Price, MD, Director
SFGH/UCSF HIV Neurology Research Training Program

This is a 3-year post-residency fellowship program to prepare physician-scientists in HIV translational research who are highly motivated to gain expertise and expand our understanding of HIV-1 and opportunistic infections of the central nervous system (CNS).
We accept one new fellow per year. The curriculum contains basic coursework and mentoring, along with a flexible program of clinical and/or laboratory-based research. Training includes participation in seminars, journal clubs, conferences and a seminar series in the responsible conduct of research. The program is supported by 19 established investigators in HIV/AIDS research at UCSF and four extramural members of an advisory committee. Fellows may also benefit from our established extramural collaborations in virology (UNC, Karolinska), clinical studies (Goteborg, Milan, UNC), immunology (UC Davis), biomarkers (PNNL, Richland WA, Gotegorg, Innsbruck), and off-site studies (Kenya).

To apply for this fellowship please send your CV and a letter of interest to Dr. Price.

List of Studies and Publications (PDF)

Current Fellows

Felicia Chow, MD, 2011-2014
Felicia Chow, a native of Harrisonburg, Virginia, attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before completing residency training in the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Neurology Residency Program. Felicia is joining the UCSF Department of Medicine's Division of Infectious Disease for the first year of fellowship to gain clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of general infectious diseases before focusing on research questions specific to neuro- infectious diseases. Her research interests include HIV and cerebrovascular disease and the management of neurologic sequelae of CNS infections.

Marie Grill, MD, 2010-2013
Marie Grill obtained her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC and completed her neurology residency at Barrow Neurological Institute, St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. Her main area of interest is in viral neurotropism, i.e. what and how host and viral factors influence the manifestations of viral infections in the central nervous system, and she is currently developing related research studies. She also plans to pursue an international neuro- HIV/infectious disease project as part of her fellowship.

Former CNS-HIV Fellows


Jeffrey M. Gelfand, MD, 2010-2011

Jeffrey Gelfand obtained his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed neurology residency at UCSF (where he also served as a chief resident). He is interested in the overlap between CNS inflammatory responses to infection (as in HIV) and primary inflammatory diseases of the CNS, such as neurosarcoidosis, autoimmune encephalitis and multiple sclerosis. Dr. Gelfand is continuing his research in this area as a recipient of 2011 American Academy of Neurology Clinical Research Training Fellowship.