Robinson Papp Laboratory

PAIRED Project: Pain, Autonomics, and Immune Research in Diverse Populations


To make the best use of our unique skills as neurologists and neuroscience researchers to improve the health of the members of our surrounding communities, and to make the discoveries that will lead to even better health outcomes in the future.


Our story

Based at The Mount Sinai Hospital in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City, the PAIRED Project traces its origins to the Mount Sinai NeuroAIDS Program (MSNAP). MSNAP was founded in the 1990s with the goal of improving the lives of people living with Neuro-HIV by integrating research, patient care, education, and community outreach.

At that time, people living with HIV were at risk for many different neurologic disorders, the study of which centered around the Manhattan HIV Brain Bank (MHBB), which is still active today.

Fortunately as HIV treatment advanced, neurologic complications declined and we broadened our focus to become the PAIRED Project. We still study Neuro-HIV, especially neuropathy and neurocognitive dysfunction. However, we now extend our studies to similar conditions affecting people without HIV, prioritizing inclusion and diversity.

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