Adaora Adimora
Dr. Adimora was a powerful and compassionate voice within the MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study (MWCCS) community. Ada was the Principal Investigator for the MWCCS clinical research site at UNC-Chapel Hill (WIHS 2013-2019, MWCCS 2019-2024) and served as co-Chair of the MWCCS Epidemiology Working Group, making highly impactful scientific contributions to the cohort. She fought tirelessly for social justice and highlighted health disparities among people living with HIV throughout her work as an accomplished HIV scientist and clinician. Her research was pivotal to the recognition of the impact of sexual network patterns, racial inequities, and structural determinants of health on HIV transmission. Dr. Adimora was recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in her field and was appointed to the National Academy of Medicine in 2019. She was a treasured mentor to scores of trainees and junior faculty and served as a role model for many of us within the infectious disease and HIV research communities. We will miss her expertise, leadership, and friendship, while honoring her legacy moving forward. Our hearts and thoughts are with her family and her UNC team and colleagues.
Adaora Adimora, MD
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Since 1984, more than 12,000 people have participated in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study and the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (now known as MACS/WIHS Combined Cohort Study). Investigators can request access to over 35 years of data and biospecimens including serum, plasma, cells, hair, and urine.

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Psychosocial aspects of AIDS risk

Psychopharmacol Bull 1986

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The Women’s Interagency HIV Study. WIHS Collaborative Study Group

Epidemiology 1998

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Characteristics Of The MACS-WIHS Combined Cohort Study: Opportunities For Research On Aging With Hiv In The...

Am J Epidemiol, 2021

Gypsyamber D'Souza, Fiona Bhondoekhan, Lorie Benning, Joseph B Margolick, Adebola A Adedimeji, Adaora A Adimora, Maria L Alcaide, Mardge H Cohen, Roger Detels, M Reuel Friedman, Susan Holman, Deborah J Konkle-Parker, Daniel Merenstein, Igho Ofotokun, Frank Palella, Sean Altekruse, Todd T Brown, Phyllis C Tien

The Changing Science of HIV Epidemiology in the United States

Am J Epidemiol 2019

Gypsyamber D'Souza, Elizabeth T Golub, Stephen J Gange

The Women’s Interagency HIV Study: an Observational Cohort Brings Clinical Sciences to the Bench

Clin Diagn Lab Immunol 2005

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