Welcome to the website of the HIV/AIDS Research and Policy Institute at Chicago State
University. Our institute is devoted to research, policy analysis, training and capacity
building to address the HIV epidemic.
The HIV/AIDS Research and Policy Institute is home to the Urban Mindfulness and Addictions
Research (CUMAR) program. This five-year program is funded by a grant from the National
Institute on Drug Abuse. The program seeks to understand how Mindfulness Meditation
can assist in preventing relapse among recovering drug users involved in the criminal
CUMAR is structured around four studies ranging from the neurochemistry and the neuroscience
of mindfulness; to meditation as a tool for substance abuse case managers as they
approach their work; to meditation as a strategy for substance abusers as they seek
to remain clean and sober and improve their health. CUMAR reaches across disciplines
at CSU and promotes participation and cooperation among scholars from Pharmacy, Health
Studies, Social Work, and Psychology.
Our webpage will provide you with information on our research projects, research findings,
and our partners, as well as other resources for researchers, practitioners, and service
providers. Because our site is constantly being developed and improved, you may find
some areas are under construction. Please check back often for new and updated information.
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