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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 clinical trials in HIV and Sexual Health. Dr Vera is the clinical lead for the combined geriatrics, neurology and memory clinics at the Lawson HIV Unit in Brighton, UK, 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. 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. Recently he led the development and implementation of a community based exercise program for People with HIV in Brighton (www.sussexbeacon.org.uk/positive-living-programme) in collaboration with the Sussex Beacon. 
  • HIV and Sexual transmitted Infections prevention
    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. Dr Vera is a principal investigator for a multicentre WHO sponsored study evaluating the use of dual HIV and Syphilis point of care tests (Prospero study) and has recently established a research collaboration with investigators from the University Teaching hospital in Lusaka, Centre for Infection Diseases Research (CIDRZ), and Zambart to increase access to  Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young people in Zambia.

More details of the research work in HIV and Sexual Health can be found on the BSMS Global Health and infection research website at www.bsms.ac.uk/hiv-and-sexual-health >

Research team

Miss Katie Alford: PhD student
Dr Kevin Martin: NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow 
Jamie Thakrar: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow HIV and Neurology
Natalie St Clair-Sullivan: Research Fellow in HIV and Frailty
Elton John Centre

Teaching

Dr Vera is a lecturer and supervisor for the Global Health MSc, HIV Medicine and Sexual Health.

Selected publications

Sabin, C A, Kunisaki, K M, Bagkeris, E, Post, F A, Sachikonye, M, Boffito, M, Anderson, J, Mallon, P W G, Williams, I, Vera, J H, Johnson, M, Babalis, D and Winston, A (2020) Respiratory symptoms and chronic bronchitis in people with and without HIV infection. HIV Medicine. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1464-2662. https://doi.org/10.1111/hiv.12955

Kunisaki, Ken M, De Francesco, Davide, Sabin, Caroline A, Winston, Alan, Mallon, Patrick W G, Anderson, Jane, Bagkeris, Emmanouil, Boffito, Marta, Doyle, Nicki, Haddow, Lewis, Post, Frank A, Sachikonye, Memory, Vera, Jaime, Khalil, Wajahat and Redline, Susan (2021) Sleep disorders in Human Immunodeficiency Virus: a substudy of the pharmacokinetics and clinical observations in people over fifty (POPPY) study. Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 8 (1). pp. 1-9. ISSN 2328-89507. https://doi.org/10.1093/ofid/ofaa561

Levett, Tom, Alford, Katie, Roberts, Jonathan, Adler, Zoe, Wright, Juliet and Vera, Jaime H (2020) Evaluation of a combined HIV and geriatrics clinic for older people living with HIV: the Silver clinic in Brighton, UK. Geriatrics, 5 (4). a81 1-12. ISSN 2308-3417. https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics5040081

Cordioli, Maddalena, Gios, Lorenzo, Mirandola, Massimo, Zorzi, Antonella, Barbara, Christopher, Padovese, Valeska, Hançali, Amina, Oumzi, Hicham, Caceres, Carlos, Vargas, Silver, Kularatne, Ranmini, Mwima, Simon, Kyambadde, Peter, Huber, Jorg, Vera, Jaime, The ProSPeRo Network, and others, (2020) Standardised protocol for a prospective cross-sectional multicentre clinic-based evaluation of two dual point-of-care tests for the screening of HIV and syphilis in men who have sex with men, sex workers and pregnant women. BMJ Open, 10 (11). a044479 1-9. ISSN 2044-6055. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044479

Toniolo S, Cercignani M, Mora-Peris B, Underwood J, Alagaratnam J, Bozzali M, Boffito, Nelson, M, Winston A, Vera JH. Changes in functional connectivity in people with HIV switching antiretroviral therapy. Journal of Neuro Virology, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13365-020-00853-0

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.

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Editorial and other responsibilities

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