The Mount Sinai Summer Institute for NeuroAIDS Disparities

Mission Statement

A program providing education and funding for research in NeuroAIDS disparities.

What is MSINAD?

Funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, MSINAD is a collaborative program of the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank and the Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The mission of MSINAD is:

  1. To stimulate research into NeuroAIDS disorders in minority populations
  2. To provide multidisciplinary education to young scientists interested in pursuing NeuroAIDS research
  3. To encourage entry of scientists from under-represented groups into the field

To achieve its mission, MSINAD has two primary activities:

MSINAD Summer Institute: MSINAD conducts a 4 week summer program with combined didactic and research training, focused on generating trans-disciplinary competence in NeuroAIDS disorders, particularly as they apply to US minority populations, and professional development of trainees.

MSINAD Scholar Grants: MSINAD annually awards 4 grants of up to $20,000 to investigators interested in NeuroAIDS disparities research. Applicants may be at the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, or junior faculty level. Recipients of these awards are expected to participate in the summer institute, and their pilot research projects should be relevant to funding priorities of the NIMH. Minority scientists are strongly encouraged to apply.