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June 14, 2024 Profile Feature

Off-hours with Sabrina A. Assoumou, an Infectious Diseases Clinician-investigator and Boston Runner

In recent years, CHERISH Research Affiliate Sabrina A. Assoumou has become a familiar face in Boston and a trusted voice in the scientific community. An infectious diseases physician and clinician-investigator at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and the Center for Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center, Assoumou appeared in local and […]

August 2, 2023 Profile Feature

Intern Spotlight: Valeria Arango, Benicio Beatty, Ameya Komaragiri, Carlos Ponce de Leon Mendez, and Ella Salim

During the peak hour of a July summer day, CHERISH colleagues and interns from Boston Medical Center logged onto Zoom while investigators and staff in New York City filled a conference room located on the Upper East Side at Weill Cornell Medicine. Three minutes past twelve, Caroline Savitsky, program manager in the Section of Infectious […]

July 26, 2023 Profile Feature

CHERISH Welcomes Pilot Grant Recipients to Advance the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, HCV, and HIV

Meet the ninth cohort of early-career investigators from the states of California, Texas, and Washington. CHERISH awarded each investigator up to $20,000 for a pilot study that focuses on conducting health economics research in substance use, hepatitis C virus (HCV), and HIV. This year, CHERISH also encouraged applicants to integrate drug overdose prevention, the syndemics […]

March 2, 2023 Profile Feature

Dr. Yuhua Bao Receives Grants to Study Implications of Opioid and Other Drug Policies on People with Cancer

Dr. Yuhua Bao, professor of population health sciences in the Division of Health Policy and Economics, has received grants from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to assess the implications of opioid and other drug policies for patients receiving active cancer treatments, long-term survivors of cancer, and cancer patients with advanced disease. “Both studies are motivated by the […]

March 2, 2023 Profile Feature

Sean M. Murphy and Chelsea L. Shover Receive Inaugural NIH HEAL Director’s Award and Trailblazer Award

The 4th Annual NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative Investigator Meeting took place on February 22, 2023. HEAL-funded investigators and key stakeholders gathered in Bethesda, MD, to share research findings and identify new opportunities for pain and opioid use disorder research. HEAL Director Dr. Rebecca Baker also presented the inaugural NIH HEAL Initiative Director’s Awards for […]

January 20, 2023 Profile Feature

Catching Up with Pilot Grant Recipient: Rachel Epstein

Rachel Epstein is a clinician-scientist with demonstrated experience in analyzing large datasets to inform hepatitis C (HCV), HIV, and substance use disorder interventions. A CHERISH pilot grantee in 2019, she worked closely with her co-investigators Benjamin Linas, CHERISH Population Data and Modeling Core director, and Shashi Kapadia, a CHERISH Research Affiliate and an infectious diseases physician at Weill […]

July 27, 2022 Profile Feature

Five Researchers Receive CHERISH Pilot Awards to Advance the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, HCV, and HIV

The Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) is proud to recognize five early-stage researchers who will receive up to $20,000 in pilot grant funding between 2022 and 2023. Through the CHERISH pilot grant, researchers can investigate innovative methodologies or applications, collect preliminary data to inform external […]

July 25, 2022 Profile Feature

Intern Spotlight: Grace L. Edwards, Jessica Girard, Lyric Harris, and Antara Saha

The Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) is delighted to welcome four astounding interns this summer: Grace L. Edwards, Jessica Girard, Lyric Harris, and Antara Saha. Setting personal goals to pursue medical journalism, forensic psychiatry, nursing, and a doctoral degree in developmental psychopathology, they applied through […]

April 14, 2022 Profile Feature

CHERISH Appoints Margaret Lowenstein as the Dissemination and Policy Core Co-director

The Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) is proud to welcome Margaret Lowenstein, assistant professor at the Perelman School of Medicine and senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) at the University of Pennsylvania, as the new co-director of the Dissemination and […]

March 17, 2022 Profile Feature

Meet Ane-Kristine Finbraten: Harkness/Norwegian Institute of Public Health Fellow, Physician, and Researcher on Hepatitis C Elimination

Coming to New York City was an easy decision for Harkness Fellow Ane-Kristine Finbraten. The city has one of the most robust hepatitis C elimination efforts to learn from. A founding member of the Centre for Elimination of Hepatitis C in Norway and an infectious diseases provider, Finbraten was elected as a 2021-2022 Commonwealth Fund […]

November 29, 2021 Profile Feature

Catching Up with Pilot Grant Recipients Ali Jalali, Austin Kilaru, and Hao Zhang

Every spring, the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) awards competitive pilot grants to investigators interested in developing health economic research in our areas of interest, with a focus on junior investigators and trainees. Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, CHERISH pilot grants provide these investigators […]

August 12, 2021 Profile Feature

Intern Spotlight: Sona Fokum and Weston Lowry

This summer, Sona Fokum and Weston Lowry are interning at the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH) and expanding their research experience by working alongside CHERISH investigators and colleagues. Both Fokum and Lowry are pursuing careers in healthcare and recognize that this experience will provide foundational […]

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