Methods Seminar – Priya Bhagwat, PhD on Measurement of Abdominal Fat Changes and Predictors of Excess Fat Gain in HIV-Infected Individuals Initiating Therapy

Priya Bhagwat, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar
Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS),
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, UCLA

HIV-infected individuals beginning antiretroviral treatment are faced with several metabolic complications including central fat accumulation and severe weight increases. As the HIV-infected population is at an elevated risk for cardiovascular disease, monitoring abdominal fat changes as well as understanding predictors of fat gain are especially important. My research examines the validity of accessible measures of abdominal fat changes including waist circumference and self-reported changes, as well as risk factors of abdominal fat changes and severe weight gain after therapy initiation.


The CHIPTS’ Methods Core hosts a monthly seminar series, which are one-hour workshops on research and statistical methods.  The seminars are open to HIV researchers, faculty, students, and community. To see previous seminars, check out the Methods Seminar tag or you can find seminar videos on our Youtube Channel! This series is hosted by the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) and made possible by funds from the National Institute of Mental Health (MH058107).