Amadou Barrow, Doctoral student in Epidemiology, was awarded the Best Work in Progress (WIP) award at the 2023 Florida HIV CPR Conference held on March 27 – 28, 2023, in Gainesville, FL. Southern HIV & Alcohol Research Consortium (SHARC) and the Florida Consortium for HIV/AIDS Research (FCHAR) sponsor this annual conference.
Barrow’s research project was titled “Comparison between transdermal alcohol concentration derived from a wrist-worn alcohol biosensor and breath alcohol concentration in a laboratory setting.” The study aims to determine the sensitivity/specificity and delay of alcohol detection using the Skyn biosensor in the laboratory setting, assess the correlation between transdermal alcohol concentration (TAC) and breath alcohol concentration (BrAC), and explore individual differences in TAC-BrAC correspondence by age, body mass index (BMI), sex, alcohol use disorder (AUD), and HIV status. Barrow is under the mentorship of Dr. Yan Wang.
Barrow stated, “The CPR conference provided a platform for networking with community partners and researchers across the State of Florida and beyond on trending HIV-related issues and evidence to inform policies, advocates, and practitioners. The poster presentation aspects of the conference were particularly enlightening with a series of novel and compelling HIV research.”
Barrow expressed gratitude for the award and the opportunities provided by the conference. He looks forward to attending and participating in subsequent CPR conferences in the coming years.