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Major Area of Study



Mariana Cherner, PhD / David Moore, PhD



Research Interests

Rowan’s research focuses on individual differences in vulnerability to methamphetamine-related brain dysfunction in HIV. Additionally, he is interested in neurobehavioral outcomes associated with alcohol, stimulant use and aging with HIV infection.

Representative Publications
  • Saloner, R., Fields, J.A., Marcondes, M. C. G., Iudicello, J. E., von Kanel, S., Cherner, M., Letendre, S. L., Kaul, M., Grant, I., & the TMARC Group (in press). Methamphetamine and cannabis: A tale of two drugs and their effects on HIV, brain, and behavior. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

  • Saloner, R., Cherner, M., Sundermann, E. E., Watson, C. W., Iudicello, J. E., Letendre, S. L., Kumar, A., & Ellis, R. J. (2020). COMT val158met genotype alters the effects of methamphetamine dependence on dopamine and dopamine-related executive function: Preliminary findings. Psychiatry Research, 292, 113269. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113269

  • Saloner, R., Cherner, M., Iudicello, J. E., Heaton, R. K., Letendre, S. L., & Ellis, R. J. (2020). Cerebrospinal fluid norepinephrine and neurocognition in HIV and methamphetamine dependence. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 10.1097/QAI.0000000000002422. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0000000000002422

  • Saloner, R., Paolillo, E. W., Kohli, M., Murray, S. S., Moore, D. J., Grant, I., & Cherner, M. (2020). Genetic variation in alcohol dehydrogenase is associated with neurocognition in men with HIV and history of alcohol use disorder: Preliminary findings. Journal of Neurovirology26(2), 214–225. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13365-019-00825-z

  • Saloner, R., Grelotti, D. J., Tyree, G., Sundermann, E. E., Ma, Q., Letendre, S., Heaton, R. K., & Cherner, M. (2019). Benzodiazepine use is associated with an increased risk of neurocognitive impairment in people living with HIV. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes82(5), 475–482. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0000000000002183

  • Saloner, R., Paolillo, E. W., Umlauf, A., Moore, D. J., Heaton, R. K., Grant, I., Cherner, M., & TMARC Group (2019). Conditional effects of lifetime alcohol consumption on methamphetamine-associated neurocognitive performance. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society25(8), 787–799. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617719000493

  • Saloner, R., Marquine, M. J., Sundermann, E. E., Hong, S., McCutchan, J. A., Ellis, R. J., Heaton, R. K., Grant, I., & Cherner, M. (2019). COMT val158met polymorphism, cardiometabolic risk, and nadir CD4 synergistically increase risk of neurocognitive impairment in men living with HIV. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes81(5), e148–e157. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAI.0000000000002083

  • Saloner, R., Heaton, R. K., Campbell, L. M., Chen, A., Franklin, D., Jr, Ellis, R. J., Collier, A. C., Marra, C., Clifford, D. B., Gelman, B., Sacktor, N., Morgello, S., McCutchan, J. A., Letendre, S., Grant, I., Fennema-Notestine, C., & CHARTER Study Group (2019). Effects of comorbidity burden and age on brain integrity in HIV. AIDS33(7), 1175–1185. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0000000000002192

  • Saloner, R., Campbell, L. M., Serrano, V., Montoya, J. L., Pasipanodya, E., Paolillo, E. W., Franklin, D., Ellis, R. J., Letendre, S. L., Collier, A. C., Clifford, D. B., Gelman, B. B., Marra, C. M., McCutchan, J. A., Morgello, S., Sacktor, N., Jeste, D. V., Grant, I., Heaton, R. K., Moore, D. J., CHARTER & HNRP Groups (2019). Neurocognitive SuperAging in older adults living with HIV: demographic, neuromedical and everyday functioning correlates. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society25(5), 507–519. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617719000018

  • Saloner, R., & Cysique, L. A. (2017). HIV-Associated neurocognitive disorders: A global perspective. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society23(9-10), 860–869. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617717001102

  • Principal Investigator, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, F31 AG064989 (2019-2022)
  • Predoctoral Fellow, Institutional National Research Service Award, T32 AA013525 (2017-2019)
  • Young Investigator Award, International Workshop on HIV & Aging (2018)
  • Division 40 Blue Ribbon Award, American Psychological Association (APA) Convention (2018)
  • Phillip M. Rennick Award (Best Student Submission), International Neuropsychological Society (2017)
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