CRUSADA researcher awarded NIH grant to study substance abuse, HIV risk among seasonal workers


Mariano Kanamori, Ph.D.

Mariano Kanamori, Ph.D.

Mariano Kanamori, Ph.D. has received a National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award in support of addressing substance use disorders and HIV risk among Latina seasonal workers.

“This socioeconomically disadvantaged population has been disproportionally impacted by HIV and substance use disorders,” said Kanamori, adding, “There is a need to understand how Latino cultural values and acculturation stress impact social network dynamics. My research will address this gap.”

The objective of the NIH Pathway to Independence Award is to help outstanding postdoctoral researchers like Kanamori complete needed, mentored training and transition in a timely manner to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions. This  award is a first for FIU Stempel College.

Kanamori is currently an NIH-funded post-doctoral research fellow at the Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse at Florida International University. Under the mentorship of FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work professors Mario De La Rosa and Mary Jo Trepka, Kanamori is receiving training on dyadic and social network analysis for Latino adolescent and adult individuals on topics related to substance abuse, HIV prevention and domestic violence. “CRUSADA’s intellectual and scientific environment lead by De La Rosa, and my collaborations with Trepka as well as Williams and Fujimoto on the YMAP social network program, have been ideal for my career development and for helping underserved communities,” said Kanamori.

“Based on my leadership position at CRUSADA and C-SALUD, and my familiarity with his work, I can confidently assert that Kanamori is in the highest echelon of Hispanic Post-Doctoral Scientists now working in NIH-substance abuse research,” said De La Rosa.

A Latino epidemiologist with more than 20 years of research experience, Kanamori’s research deals with health, nutrition, substance use and HIV prevention. Kanamori has had extensive interaction with people from different cultures and has worked with a diverse range of populations from communities in Ethiopia to Peru and beyond. He has received awards from various institutions including the American Public Health Association, the Inter-University Program for Latino Research, the National Cancer Institute, Georgetown Hospital, the Ford Foundation and the Canadian Government.


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