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Infectious Disease Specialist Awarded Over $2.6 Million in Grants for Innovative Public Health Initiatives

March 13, 2024 | Jennifer Gonzales

Shivakumar Narayanan, MBBS, MD

Dr. Shivakumar Narayanan, an infectious disease specialist affiliated with the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Institute of Human Virology (IHV), was recently awarded over $2.6 million in grants from prominent organizations to support groundbreaking public health initiatives in the Baltimore area.  

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead these meaningful patient-centered care projects. Research activities to help improve delivery and quality of clinical care is what gives me fulfillment and is very much tied to my interests," said Dr. Narayanan. "The issues explored in these studies underscore the importance of meeting patients where they are, breaking down barriers to care, and innovating to improve health outcomes across diverse populations." 

The first grant, totaling $150,000 from Melinta Therapeutics, was awarded for AIM STOP. This will fund a study on using long-acting antimicrobials coupled with medication-assisted treatment to facilitate care transitions for hospitalized people who inject drugs. By exploring an alternative to prolonged IV antibiotic courses, this intervention aims to improve outcomes and reduce risks for a vulnerable population. 

Additionally, Dr. Narayanan, along with Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Aditi Ringwala, secured $2.3 million in funding through a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Minority AIDS Initiative Grant, in collaboration with the University of Maryland Drug Treatment Center. Spanning five years,Shyam Kottilil, MBBS, PhD this grant will expand services to engage African American and minority patients in HIV/viral hepatitis prevention and treatment. Culturally informed programs will build workforce skills, boost screening, and increase pre-exposure prophylaxis access. 

Finally, a $220,000 award from Gilead Sciences through the Center for Disease Analysis Foundation will fund HCV (hepatitis C virus) ReLink. Co-principled with Dr. Natalie Spicyn, this award will help identify and re-engage diagnosed but untreated patients with HVC. Patient navigators will leverage electronic records and conduct targeted outreach by partnering with the JACQUES Initiative community health program

"In Baltimore, we encounter infectious disease complications in marginalized patients with substance use disorder," said Dr. Shyam Kotillil, Acting Director at the Institute of Human Virology. "Confronting medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder along with on-site management of infectious complications like hepatitis C is critical in controlling this syndemic. Dr. Narayanan's treatment for opioid use disorder along with on-site management of infectious complications like hepatitis C are critical in controlling this."  

Dr. Narayanan has over 20 years of experience as an infectious disease specialist. He received his medical degree from the University of Mumbai, India. Through his multifaceted work as a clinician, researcher, and advocate, he strives to advance health equity and access for all. 


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