Yale School of Medicine, Kenya Medical Research Institute
Target brain disease(s): Epilepsy and infectious diseases of the nervous system
Project goal: Expand access to and improve the quality of neurological care both domestically to underserved populations and globally to underserved regions.
Project description: Dr. Meyer spends nine months of the year conducting research in Kenya, where she focuses on access to epilepsy care and infectious diseases of the nervous system—in particular, complications of HIV. The first of two ongoing projects seeks to define the health, functional, and economic outcomes of HIV-associated neurological disorders in western Kenya. The second is a trial to test a new oral treatment to prevent a severe brain infection that is associated with advanced HIV and is a leading cause of death. Aside from expanding access to and improve the quality of neurological care both domestically to underserved populations and globally to underserved regions, she also hopes to help build capacity for research and clinical care for neurological disorders in sub-Saharan Africa.
Funding: Received $130,000 in research funds.