Researcher spotlight: Shantrel Canidate

Headshot of Shantrel Canidate, Ph.D.

“If you believe it, you can achieve it,” reflects Shantrel Canidate, M.P.H., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the department of epidemiology in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and associate director for outreach and community partnerships at the Emerging Pathogens Institute.

This past spring, Canidate was awarded a prestigious K01 grant, a research career development award from the National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse, for her work in HIV research.

The K01 grant will support Candidate’s research in HIV prevention and treatment for Black men who have sex with men (MSM), and her work on syndemic conditions, which are the interaction of two or more factors or health conditions that increase the burden of HIV among the Black MSM population, and racial disparities that impact viral suppression and disease management in Black MSM patients living in the South.

This article was originally written by Katarina Fiorentino Klatzkow for UF PHHP. To read the full article, visit the PHHP website.