Alejandro Arenas-Pinto MBBS, MSc, PhD
Gabriele Arendt, MD.
Gabriele Arendt, MD, is associate Professor in Neurology, University Hospital of Duesseldorf, Germany. Since 1987, she chairs the Neuro-AIDS out-patient department of the hospital with about 1100 patients/year. The Duesseldorf HIV cohort comprises by now almost 5000 patients. She acquired her medical and scientific degrees in the University of Duesseldorf, then specialised on psychiatry and later on neurology and neurophysiology. Her scientific interest focuses on motor abnormalities in HIV-positive patients, disturbances of the dopaminergic pathways in these patients and on the significance of cytokines for the neuropathogenesis of HIV-associated dementia.
She is in the editorial boards of the Journal of NeuroVirology, the Journal of NeuroAIDS and of Neurobehavioral HIV Medicine, an open access journal. She is a member of the German Aids Society. She has written more than 150 papers, HIV/AIDS chapters in most of the German standard textbooks and three books. She has designed and conducted many national multicenter studies and participated in international studies.
Andrea Calcagno, MD, DTM&H.
He is temporary Assistant Professor at the University of Torino (Department of Medical Sciences, Infectious Diseases). Infectious Diseases Specialist (University of Torino, Italy); Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand). He is member of the Panel of the Italian Guidelines on the Use of Antiretrovirals and Management of patients living with HIV.
He has experience as a Clinicians in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine (Sudan, Thailand, Burundi); several phase II, III and IV studies in antiretroviral treatment trials.
His main field of interest is the clinical pharmacology and pharmacogenetics of anti-infective agents (antiretroviral, antibiotic, antifungals) and the central nervous system complication of HIV-infection.
Paola Cinque, MD, Ph. D.
She is currently working as senior physician at the Department of Infectious Diseases and responsible of the Neurovirology Research Unit at the Research Division of Immunology, Transplantation and Infectious Diseases of San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy, and as contract Professor of Infectious Diseases at San Raffaele University.
Her research group is mainly involved in studies on HIV Infection of the Central Nervous System, Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy and other HIV-associated CNS complications.
She is a panel member of the Italian HIV Treatment Guidelines, of the EACS Co-morbidities and of the Opportunistic Infections Guidelines, and of the NIH/CDC/IDSA Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections.in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents.
Guida da Ponte, Ph. D.
Guida da Ponte is a Psychiatry Consultant, Coordinator of Liaison Psychiatry Unit, in Centro Hospitalar Barreiro-Montijo, located in the suburban area of Lisbon, Portugal. One of the major fields of practice is with HIV patients with a psychiatric outpatient clinic dedicated to this condition. Author of scientific publications, mainly in the areas of neurocognitive disorders, depression, anxiety and psychopharmacology and antiretroviral interactions. Other major area of interest is Psycho-Oncology, as PhD student of Medical School of Lisbon, University of Lisbon.
David Grelotti, MD
Scott Letendre, MD.
Scott Letendre, M.D., is Professor of Medicine in Residence in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and, following his residency in internal medicine at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, he completed fellowships in Infectious Disease Medicine at Duke University and in Neurologic HIV Research at UCSD. At UCSD, Dr. Letendre performs translational, patient-oriented research of the central nervous system complications of chronic infections, including HIV, HCV, and CMV. As part of a multidisciplinary research team, he conducts treatment trials of neurocognitively impaired individuals and analyzes their response to therapy as well as studies of the pharmacokinetics of antiretrovirals, the effect of comorbidities, and biomarker correlates of disease. Dr. Letendre is also an investigator in the UCSD unit of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group.
He participates in several international research projects, including projects based in China, India, Zambia, and Romania. Dr. Letendre balances his research activities with regular, clinical outpatient and inpatient care of people living with HIV and other infectious diseases. Dr. Letendre also teaches in the Microbiology course at the UCSD School of Medicine and chairs the UCSD Institutional Biosafety Committee. Dr. Letendre has published in several peer-reviewed journals including AIDS, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Neurology, Journal of Virology, Journal of Neurovirology, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, and Journal of Neuroimmunology.
Catia Marzolini, PharmD PhD
Dr Catia Marzolini obtained a degree in Pharmacy followed by a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the pharmacogenetics of drug transporters within the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, USA. She obtained subsequently the “venia docenti” from the University of Basel.
Catia Marzolini is currently working as a senior research scientist in the Division of Infectious Diseases & Hospital Epidemiology at the University Hospital of Basel. Her research focuses on pharmacological and genetic determinants of antiretroviral drug response and toxicity. Catia Marzolini has become an expert in the field of HIV drug-drug interactions. She is a member of the Liverpool HIV drug-drug interactions website and is notably in charge of predicting drug-drug interactions. Catia Marzolini has also joined the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) guidelines committee panel for the pharmacological aspects of HIV therapy.
Jose A. Muñoz-Moreno, Ph. D.
Jose A. Muñoz-Moreno is a clinician and researcher at the Lluita contra la SIDA Foundation, located in the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain). He earned the Ph.D. degree in Neurosciences in 2012 (Cum Laude), and currently he is also a collaborating professor with the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Muñoz-Moreno is involved in projects that address psychology and the human behaviour associated with HIV infection. In terms of study, he mostly investigates the neurocognitive features of HIV infection, the impact of HIV and antiretroviral treatments on quality of life and emotional status, and adherence to antiretroviral therapy.
Muñoz-Moreno’s recent work particularly focuses on assessment methods to detect HIV-related neurocognitive changes and the current profile of neurocognitive impairment in people living with HIV infection.
Ignacio Pérez-Valero, MD, Ph. D.
Joan Sanmaria, MD, PhD
Joan Santamaria, MD, PhD, is a neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist at Hospital Clínic of Barcelona and assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Barcelona Medical School. He trained in neurology in Barcelona (1978-1982) and in clinical neurophysiology and sleep at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston (1985-1987). He joined the Neurology staff at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona (1982) where he is currently head of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory and helped to create the Epilepsy and the Multidisciplinary Sleep Disorders Units.
He has conducted research in clinical neurology, electroencephalography of drowsiness as well as sleep disorders in neurological diseases, including stroke, narcolepsy and neurodegenerative diseases. A significant focus of his research is REM sleep behavior disorder and sleep in autoimmune central nervous system disorders, including the anti-IgLON5 disease.
He has served as a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Sleep Research Society (2008-2012), of the EU-Narcolepsy Network (2012-) and chair of the Subcommittee of sleep disorders of the European Neurological Society (2012-2014). Publications include several book chapters, a book and more than 170 peer-reviewed articles.