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Tufts University School of Medicine

Alice Tang

Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
​Director, Nutrition and Infection Unit
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Alice Tang

Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine
​Director, Nutrition and Infection Unit
Department: Public Health & Community Medicine
Programs: Public Health

Phone ​617-636-2140

Biography

​My research focuses largely on studying the causes and consequences of nutrition and metabolic abnormalities in people living with HIV, with a particular focus on substance users. Specific areas of interest include the effects of food insecurity on barriers to HIV treatment, the nutritional consequences of heavy alcohol use, and the effect of dietary quality on health outcomes in HIV infected patients. I am currently the Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Core of the Tufts Nutrition Collaborative Center for Drug Abuse and AIDS Research (TNC-CDAAR), a collaborative center between Tufts, Brown, and Johns Hopkins focusing on the nutritional and metabolic consequences of drug use, HIV, and Hepatitis. I am also the co-Director of the Biostatistics Core of the Tufts/Brown/Lifespan Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Both of these NIH-funded Centers offer researchers statistical consultation and analytical support for their research studies related to HIV/AIDS. In addition, I and my team of programmers, have spearheaded the development of a unique computerized interviewing system, also known as ACASI (audio computer-assisted self-interview). We offer researchers at Tufts and other research institutions the service of turning their paper-based questionnaires into computerized ACASI systems for their studies (http://acasi.tufts.edu).

Education

  • ​ScM, Harvard University, School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology

Research interests

Nutrition and Infectious Diseases

Publications

Tang AM, Bhatnagar T, Ramachandran R, Dong KR, Kumar MS, Skinner S, Wanke CA. Malnutrition in a cohort of HIV-positive and HIV-negative drug users in Chennai, South India. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2011;118(1):73-7. PMID: 21420798, PMCID: PMC3130882

Tang AM, Sheehan H, Jordan M, Duong DV, Terrin N, Dong K, Lien T, Trung NV, Wanke CA and Hien ND. Predictors of Weight Change in Male HIV-positive Injection Drug Users Initiating Antiretroviral Therapy in Hanoi, Vietnam. AIDS Research and Treatment. 2011;2011:890308. PMID: 21776380, PMCID: PMC3137978

McMahon JH, Wanke CA, Elliott JH, Skinner S, Tang AM. Repeated assessments of food security predict CD4 change in the setting of antiretroviral therapy. J Acquire Immune Defic Syndr. 2011;58(1):60-3. PMID: 21694604, PMCID: PMC3159819

Sheehan HB, Benetucci J, Muzzio E, Redini L, Naveira J, Segura M, Weissenbacher M, Tang AM.High rates of serum selenium deficiency among HIV and HCV infected and non-infected drug users in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Public Health Nutrition. 2012;15(3):538-545. PMID: 21740621, PMCID: PMC3280505

Hong SY, Jerger L, Jonas A, Badi A, Cohen S, Tang AM, Nachega JB, Parienti J, Wanke C, Terrin N, Pereko D, Blom A, Trotter A, Jordan MR. Medication Possession Ratio Associated with Short-term Virologic Response in Individuals Initiating Antiretroviral Therapy in Namibia. PLOS One 2013;8(2):e56307. PMID: 23509605, PMCID: PMC3585291

Volpe GE, Tang AM, Polak JF, Mangili A, Skinner SC, Wanke CA. Progression of carotid intima-media thickness and coronary artery calcium over 6 years in an HIV-infected cohort. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013;64(1):51-7. PMID: 23945252, PMCID: PMC3815556