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Dr. Irene Vernon to help the National Institute of Health Develop HIV/AIDS Research Plan

Irene Vernon, Chair of the Ethnic Studies Department and Assistant to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts for Diversity and Assessment, has received a prestigious invitation from the National Institute of Health Office of AIDS Research. The NIH has invited Vernon to participate in the development of a Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research. This plan will outline future HIV and AIDS research initiatives for the NIH.

The National Institute of Health Office of AIDS Research is the largest public investment AIDS research group in the world and takes a multi-disciplinary approach to AIDS research, working with scientists and specialists to research and develop new measures for the global fight against AIDS.

Vernon’s expertise in Native American health and 18-year involvement in the health field will aid the Racial and Ethnic Populations Planning Group for the Trans-NIH Plan. As a member of this planning group, she will help identify new areas of focus for AIDS research and identify cultural issues that are important to HIV/AIDS research in racial and ethnic populations.

Vernon has been working with the NIH Office of AIDS Research since 2008. She has also worked with several health institutes including the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training Council and the Colorado HIV/AIDS Care and Prevention Coalition. In addition to her work with HIV/AIDS prevention in racial and ethnic populations, Vernon teaches classes at CSU in Native American Studies, Chicano/a Literature, Racial Health Disparities, and Introduction to Ethnic Studies and Ethnic Studies Research and Writing classes.

For more information, visit the NIH Office of Aids Research website at www.oar.nih.gov/.