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David D. Celentano

celentanodavidDAVID D. CELENTANO, BA ’72, MHS ’75, ScD ’77, holds the Dr. Charles Armstrong Chair of the Department of Epidemiology where he is professor, with joint appointments in International Health; Health, Behavior and Society; and Medicine (School of Medicine). His research integrates behavioral science theory and research with infectious diseases epidemiology. He began his research in HIV/AIDS and STDs in the early 1980s. He has worked on some of the major cohort studies (ALIVE, MACS) in HIV epidemiology, as well as conducted intervention research in the USA for heterosexual men and women, injection drug users, and young men who have sex with men. He turned to international research in 1990, when he began a long-term collaboration with Chiang Mai University in northern Thailand. He has worked on and directed numerous HIV/AIDS and STD epidemiological investigations and preventive interventions. He and his collaborators have demonstrated that a behavioral intervention with young military conscripts led to a seven-fold reduction in incident STDs and halved the HIV incidence rate. In addition, his research group showed the role of STDs and alcohol use on HIV acquisition in Thailand. More recently, his group has conducted a prospective study of hormonal contraception in relation to HIV seroconversion, a study with significant family planning policy and health implications. Today, he is the principal investigator of an NIH-supported study in India, focusing on a randomized controlled trial in which 22 cities across India have been assigned to a new integrated care model for HIV treatment and prevention as compared to usual care for men who have sex with men and injection drug users. In addition, he has been leading teams developing public health strategy in the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and is leading the first national household survey in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on diet, nutrition and health.