Dr. Jessica Justman's work at the Mailman School is focused on the University Technical Assistance Program (UTAP), which supports HIV care and treatment in four East African countries. UTAP is part of the School's International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), and provides technical assistance in health systems development and HIV programs, such as linking TB and HIV care. Dr. Justman is also Associate Director of CIDER** and supervises doctoral students in their research. Prior to joining the Mailman School faculty, Dr. Jessica Justman was an infectious disease attending at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center for 10 years, where she gained extensive clinical experience in HIV, TB, and other infectious diseases in an inner-city setting. Dr. Justman has been involved in various clinical research studies. She was the principal investigator of the Bronx-Lebanon HIV Prevention Trials Network (www.HPTN.org) site, which completed two preliminary safety studies of vaginal microbicides in New York. Dr. Justman will continue her work with the HPTN as co-chair of an extended safety microbicide study which will enroll women from the Bronx and from India. Since 1994, Dr. Justman also has worked with the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS http://statepiaps.jhsph.edu/wihs) an ongoing, study of over 2,700 HIV-infected women from six urban sites in the U.S. She has been interested in the metabolic side-effects of HIV and published the first prospective study on the association between protease inhibitors and the incidence of diabetes. She has also co-authored several other recent publications on metabolic side-effects and HIV.
As ICAP's Senior Technical Director, Dr. Justman oversees the clinical and monitoring and evaluation activities of ICAP's HIV prevention, care and treatment programs. She also directs ICAP?s student activities.
Countries: Mozambique;Rwanda;South Africa;Tanzania