SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CNS) - UC San Diego's School of Medicine was awarded a $17 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to study the link between methamphetamine use and HIV/AIDS, it was announced today.
The grant will be used to establish the Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, according to the university.
The funding -- $3.6 million annually for five years -- will enable researchers to study the combined effects of methamphetamine and HIV on the central nervous system, according to UCSD.
"Currently, the combined effects of meth and HIV are poorly understood," said Dr. Igor Grant, a professor of psychiatry at UCSD, who secured the grant. "There is a converging HIV epidemic among young, gay habitual meth users, which suggests meth may be amplifying the effects of HIV."
In San Diego, more than a third of those newly infected with HIV have used meth, according to UCSD.
UCSD researchers said meth causes users to be less inhibited, decreases the sensation of pain and increases energy. In chronic meth users, it may also create an inflammatory response in the brain that makes them more susceptible to HIV, they said.
Police were involved a pursuit late Saturday that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting in Escondido.
Two people died early Sunday morning after a high-speed chase ended in a head-on crash in North County.
A man was shot and killed by police at an officer- involved shooting in Escondido, a sheriff's lieutenant said Sunday.
An approaching winter storm is poised to open an "atmospheric river" of subtropical rain clouds on Southern California this week, but the San Diego area is expected to see just a fraction of that moisture, forecasters said Sunday.
A man threw rocks at vehicles on Interstate 5 near Imperial Beach Sunday, and threatened police with a pickaxe as he ran into a riverbed.
San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job.
A 16-year-old boy was allegedly drunk when he crashed his car into a stopped vehicle, pinning a motorist between two bumpers, police said Sunday.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
A large plume of smoke filled the sky in Miramar on Saturday morning after a concrete supply building went up in flames.
SANDAG began removing call boxes along urban highways throughout the San Diego region this month and will continue to do so through June, reflecting a decrease in call volume due to the increase in cell phone ownership.