UCC PhD Student wins travel award to the 2015 Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology Conference

Madeline-Rodriguez-sCongratulations to Ms. Madeline Rodríguez Valentín, for winning a travel award to present her work titled “GRP78 potential marker of Neurocognitive Impairment in HIV Infected Polydrug Users” at the 21st annual meeting of the Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology (SNIP) in Miami.  Madeline is conducting her PhD research under the direction and mentorship of Dr. Nawal Boukli from the Proteomics Laboratory and Department of Microbiology and Immunology.   The goal of the study is to identify protein signatures as prospective biomarkers associated with combined effects of HIV infection and drug abuse, leading to neurocognitive impairment and a detrimental molecular effect via chronic Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress.”Congratulations are in order for Madeline and Dr. Boukli!” said Dr. Eddy Rios, chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

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