Scott L. Letendre, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1986 and then completed his internship at Naval Hospital in Oakland, California.
Following his residency in internal medicine at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, he completed fellowships in infectious diseases at Duke University and in neurologic HIV research at UCSD. Dr. Letendre also has training in tropical medicine, cold weather medicine, and aerospace medicine.
Since joining the UCSD faculty in 2000, Dr. Letendre has conducted patient-oriented research of the correlates and consequences of chronic central nervous system infections, primarily HIV and HCV. He is also an active investigator in the UCSD unit of the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG, funded by the National Institutes of Health), and is currently a member of both the national ACTG Neurology Subcommittee and the ACTG Dementia Focus Group. Dr. Letendre has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals including AIDS, Neurology, Journal of Neuroimmunology, and The Journal of Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Letendre's research focuses on the impact on the brain of chronic infections and their treatment. The work is performed primarily at UCSD's HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center in Hillcrest and includes investigations of •the effects of HIV and Hepatitis C on biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid, neuropsychological performance, neuroimaging, and neuropathologic findings, •the pharmacology and effectiveness in the brain of antivirals, including antiretrovirals and interferons, and adjunctive therapies, and •the contribution of host and viral genetic variability to the risk for infection-associated brain injury and their treatment.
In addition to U.S.-based projects, Dr. Letendre participates in similar studies in China, India, Brazil, and other venues.