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Dr Jaime H Vera Rojas

Dr Jaime Veras

Dr Jaime H Vera Rojas (MD, PhD, MRCP, DTMH)

Senior Lecturer in HIV Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician
E: J.Vera@bsms.ac.uk
T: Office Tel +44 (0) 1273 523087 or +44 (0) 1273 877817 (direct)
Location: Ground Floor, BSMS Medical Research Building, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PX

Other roles: Honorary Consultant HIV Medicine 

Areas of expertise:Comorbidities and HIV; inflammation and HIV; ageing and HIV; HIV prevention

Research areas: Ageing and HIV; HIV-associated central nervous system diseases; inflammation and HIV; HIV clinical trials; HIV prevention

Biography

Dr Vera is a Senior Lecturer in HIV Medicine and a Consultant Physician for the Lawson unit at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital. Dr Vera is also an investigator for the Elton John Centre at Brighton where he is a principal investigator for several multicentre HIV clinical trials. He is the HIV lead physician for the combined elderly, neurology and memory clinics at the Lawson Unit in Brighton, and the research lead for the Martin Fisher Foundation.

Dr Vera obtained his medical degree from the Columbian School of Medicine followed by training in general internal medicine in London. In 2008, he was granted a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Academic Clinical Fellowship in HIV Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College London, where he subsequently completed his specialist training in HIV and Genitourinary Medicine. In 2011, He was awarded Wellcome Trust Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Fellowship. During his PhD, he investigated the pathogenic mechanisms associated with neuroinflammation in HIV using novel brain imaging and immunological approaches.

At BSMS, Dr Vera is the Diversity and Equality lead for BSMS and a member of the BSMS Joint Research Degrees Approval Board. Dr Vera is also a research and clinical supervisor for the European AIDS Clinical Society (EACS) Medical Exchange Program.

Education

  • PhD in HIV and Neuroscience), Imperial College London, 2015
  • Dip GUM, Society of Apothecaries, 2010
  • DTMH, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 2007
  • MRCP, Royal College of Physicians, London, 2006
  • MD, Columbian School of Medicine, 1999

Research

Current Research

  • Comorbidities and Brain
    Dr Vera’s research focusses on the study of comorbidities affecting people with HIV with a particular interest in investigating the mechanisms associated with the development of HIV associated cognitive impairment using sophisticated brain imaging techniques. Dr Vera is also working on the development and evaluation of innovative models of care for people with HIV with comorbidities, as well as interventional studies aimed at improving quality of life, and mental well-being of people with HIV in both low and high income settings. He has recently established a research collaboration with investigators from the University Teaching hospital in Lusaka, and the Centre for Infection Diseases Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) to increase research and training capacity in Sexual Health and HIV research in Zambia. 
  • HIV prevention
    Most recently Dr Vera has been involved with the development of digital vending machine technology for the distribution of HIV self-test to key communities affected by HIV in high and low-income settings. This work was awarded a BMJ award for innovation in 2018. Currently he is working on a multicentre WHO sponsored study evaluating the use of dual HIV and Syphilis point of care tests (Prospero study). 

Research team

Miss Katie Alford: PhD student
Dr Larissa Mulka: PhD student
Dr Sonia Raffe: Darzi Fellow
Dr Kevin Martin: NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow 
Elton John Centre

Teaching

Dr Vera is a lecturer and supervisor for the Global Health MSc, HIV Medicine and Sexual Health, 
Deputy leader for module 402 and Clinical Academic Tutor for BSMS.

Selected publications

Savinelli S, De Francesco D, Feeney ER, Vera J et al. Factors associated with obesity in the Pharmacokinetic and Clinical Observations in People over Fifty (POPPY) cohort: an observational cross-sectional analysis [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 20]. HIV Med. 2020;10.1111/hiv.12857. doi:10.1111/hiv.12857.

O'Brien KK, Brown DA, Corbett C, Vera J et al. AIDSImpact special issue - broadening the lens: recommendations from rehabilitation in chronic disease to advance healthy ageing with HIV. AIDS Care. 2020;32(sup2):65–73. doi:10.1080/09540121.2020.1739203 .

Raffe, S., Pollard, A., Vera, J. H., Soni, S., Peralta, C., Rodriguez, L., Dean, G., & Llewellyn, C. D. (2020). HIV self-tests for men who have sex with men, accessed via a digital vending machine: a qualitative study of acceptability. International journal of STD & AIDS, 31(5), 420–425. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956462419890726.

Wang, X., Boffito, M., Dickinson, L., Bagkeris, E., Khoo, S., Post, F. A., Vera, J., Williams, I., Ndoutoumou, A., Anderson, J., Mallon, P., McClure, M., Winston, A., Sabin, C., & POPPY Study (2020). Plasma nucleotide reverse transcriptase inhibitor concentration and their associations with liver and renal parameters in people living with HIV. AIDS (London, England), 34(5), 790–793. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0000000000002479

Lee MJ, Onyango D, Hamza H, Phiri E, Furlong T, Goel P, Vera JH. Surveying testing preferences in Black, Latin American, and other minorities for the co-design of digital vending machines for HIV self-testing. Int J STD AIDS 2020:956462419887042.

Vera Rojas, Jaime H, Bracchi, Margherita, Alagaratnam, Jasmini, Lwanga, Julianne, Fox, Julie, Winston, Alan, Boffito, Marta and Nelson, Mark (2019) Improved central nervous system symptoms in people with HIV without objective neuropsychiatric complaints switching from Efavirenz to Rilpivirine containing cART. Brain Sciences, 9 (8). a195. ISSN 2076-3425 

St Clair-Sullivan N, Mwamba C, Whetham J, Bolton Moore C, Darking M, Vera J. Barriers to HIV care and adherence for young people living with HIV in Zambia and mHealth. Mhealth. 2019;5:45.

Vera JH, Soni S, Pollard A, Llewellyn C, Peralta C, Rodriguez L, Dean G (2019) Acceptability and feasibility of using digital vending machines to deliver HIV self-tests to men who have sex with men. BMJ Sexually Transmitted Infections. May 17. pii: sextrans-2018-053857. doi: 10.1136/sextrans-2018-053857

Van de Ven, Nikolien S, Ngalamika, Owen, Martin, Kevin, Davies, Kevin A and Vera, Jaime H (2019) Impact of musculoskeletal symptoms on physical functioning and quality of life among treated people with HIV in high and low resource settings: a case study of the UK and Zambia. PLoS ONE, 14 (5). e0216787 1-13. ISSN 1932-6203

Dhillon, S, Sabin, S A, Alagarantnam, J, Bagkeris, E, Post, F A, Boffito, M, Anderson, J, Vera, Jaime, Williams, I, Johnson, M, Sachikonye, M, Babalis, D, Mallon, P W, Winston, A, The POPPY Study, and others, (2019) Level of agreement between frequently used cardiovascular risk calculators in people living with HIV.  HIV Medicine. ISSN 1464-2662

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Editorial and other responsibilities

Member of the Brain Sciences Journal, PlOS one, and HIV Medicine Editorial board.