Congratulations to Dr. Sadeep Shrestha, Professor in the UAB Department of Epidemiology! He is part of a team of investigators whose journal article “Primary HPV and Molecular Cervical Cancer Screening in US Women Living with HIV” was named a 2020 “Research Highlight” by the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program at the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Howard Strickler, Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, led the project with participation of several Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) collaborators. The research on cervical cancer prevention focused on primary human papillomavirus screening with HPV16/18-genotyping in women living with HIV in the U.S. Researchers found that HPV screening with reflex testing for genotypes 16 and 18 resulted in fewer unnecessary colposcopies. If this finding is confirmed by other studies, it could be an important advance for women living with HIV. The UAB MWCCS clinical research study site contributed specimens from nearly 70 women enrolled in the WIHS Cohort.
This achievement exemplifies the strength and importance of data collected by the MWCCS. Congratulations to our UAB MWCCS investigators for the successful collaboration and this exciting new publication!
Full list of access Research Highlights publications is available at https://epi.grants.cancer.gov/news/