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Brady studies HIV/type 2 diabetes comorbidities

Grant funds All of Us data analysis

Veronica Brady

Nurse scientist Veronica Brady, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, will use a new grant to mine the expansive All of Us Research Program database to discern trends related to people who are living with both HIV and type 2 diabetes, particularly minority populations.

Brady, an assistant professor at Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth Houston, is one of six recipients selected this year for an All of Us Research Program Mini-Grant Researcher Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in partnership with the National Institutes of Health. The $12,000 grant will fund her project, “Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) in the Presence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) among All of Us Participants.”

“Taken separately, we know that HIV and type 2 diabetes disproportionately affect minority populations,” Brady said. “What has not been reported is how commonly people in these groups experience both diseases, and how this comorbidity impacts glycemic outcomes.”

Brady and her mentee partner, Yale School of Nursing PhD student Samuel Akyirem, will examine comorbidity factors as well as adherence of medication recommendations for treating type 2 diabetes among the target group as they analyze relevant data.

“We also plan to take a look at prescribing practices to determine whether any racial differences exist in the management of comorbid HIV and T2D,” Brady said. “We expect that the knowledge gleaned from the All of Us database will help inform screening practices among primary care providers.”

The AACN mini-grant program supports faculty/student dyads in using the All of Us Researcher Work Bench to answer research questions and share their findings with colleagues and scholars to encourage use of the database tool.

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Veronica J Brady, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FADCES, BC-ADM, CDCES

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