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UCSD associate professor wins $2.5M HIV research award

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego has won a $2.5 million award to fund an HIV prevention project, the National Institute on Drug Abuse announced Tuesday.

Dr. Davey Smith is one of three recipients of the 2012 Avant-Garde Award for HIV/AIDS research, which is intended to encourage research that could lead to groundbreaking advances in the prevention and treatment of the disease.

Smith will receive $500,000 a year over five years for an HIV prevention project that is designed to quickly deliver resources to drug users and other high-risk groups, officials said.

"We believe this could be the key to ending HIV transmission in some of the most at-risk populations in San Diego and, in turn, other communities," Smith said.

Smith's primary research focus at UC San Diego is on the the transmission of HIV and finding ways to interrupt its spread, officials said.

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