2012 Meetings

When (logistically and permission-wise) possible, Pizza Party meetings are video-taped and links provided below.


October 18, 2012

Meeting Host:
CFAR Administrative Core


CFAR in the Limelight:
A Reprise of CFAR Science Presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference and AIDS Vaccine 2012

Oral Presentations
TRANSMISSION: Eli Rosenberg, PhD student (RSPH, Sullivan lab)
Equal behaviors, unequal risks: The role of partner transmission potential in racial HIV disparities among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the US (Presented at IAS)

PATHOGENESIS: Daniel Claiborne, Graduate Student (SOM, Hunter lab)
Impact of transmitted CTL escape mutations on replicative capacity and HIV pathogenesis in early infection (Presented at AIDS Vaccine 2012)

BEHAVIORAL RISK: Kristin Dunkle,PhD Assistant Professor (RSPH/BSHE)
HIV risk behaviour among victims and perpetrators of male-on-male sexual violence in South Africa: Results from a population-based survey (Presented at IAS)

VACCINES: Venkateswarlu Chamcha, Post-doc (SOM, Amara lab)
Oral immunization with a recombinant lactococcus lactis expressing HIV-1 gag on the tip of the pilus induces strong mucosal immune responses (Presented at AIDS Vaccine 2012)
INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE: Stephanie Beane, Rana Chakraborty, Sharoda Dasgupta, Kristin Dunkle, Becca Fielding-Miller, Kate Finneran, Colleen Kelley, Brandon O'Hara, Julia Painter, Travis Sanchez, Haley Stolp, Kate Winskell.

AIDS VACCINE 2012: Susan Allen, Debby Basu, Megan Murphy

November 15, 2012

Watch the Video from this meeting

Meeting Host:
CFAR Administrative Core


The Upcoming Battle Over Power and Money for AIDS Care, Treatment, and Research as We Face a Looming Fiscal Cliff and a Divided Congress

Jeff Crowley Taking Care of Our Own:
Will the Ryan White Care Act be Reauthorized and, If So, What Will it Be Authorized to Do?
Jeffrey S. Crowley
Director, White House Office of National AIDS Policy, 2009-2011
Member, Domestic Policy Council
Program Manager, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law,
Georgetown University

Taking Care of Others:
Who Will Decide the Future Architecture of Global AIDS Financing?
Ray Serrano
RSPH/Department of Health Policy and Management

John Blevins Taking Care of Ourselves:
The Planned Transition to PEPFAR Country Leadership... Who Will Wield The Power?
John Blevins
RSPH/Hubert Department of Global Health

Dear Fans of CFAR,
History Lesson: At the end of 2010, Congressional Democrats and Republicans engaged in a game of chicken with each other, a game that BOTH sides eventually decided they'd rather lose than win, since winning would have required ceding political ego to the other side.

Unfortunately, in anticipation that this exact outcome might in fact prove unduly tempting, Congress had earlier started the timer on a backup mechanism of mutually assured destruction that would only detonate if the Supercommittee (i.e members of the bipartisan committee that had been tapped to represent each side in the game of chicken) declared a deadlock -- in other words, Congress decided to make the cost of refusing to blink so completely, horrendously, terrifically AWFUL that any sane individual, or so they assumed, would do whatever it took to avoid losing.

In retrospect it is possible that Congress may have misjudged both the incidence and prevalence of sanity within its own ranks.

In any case, the collective decision to lose means that Congress has until the end of this December to figure out a way to back out of their self-imposed commitment to do a Thelma and Louise into a political and economic abyss of their own making.

EQUALLY unfortunately, the fact that last week's election maintained a divided Congress reduces the chances that Congress will put the brakes on their own madness in time.

So what might that mean for those of us who toil away in the fields of HIV/AIDS treatment, care, and research? A lot. A WHOLE lot.

If you have ANY interest in the past, present, and future of federally-funded programs which translate the results of our research into life saving initiatives for people with, and at risk for, HIV/AIDS -- both domestically and internationally -- you do NOT want to miss this program.

December 20, 2012

Meeting Host:
NeuroAIDS Scientific Working Group


This is Your Brain ...
This is Your Brain on HIV

Avindra Nath Brain or Brawn:
Can Might Cure HIV Reservoirs in the Brain?
Avindra Nath, MD
Clinical Director,
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health

Bill Tyor Up or Down:
Mechanisms of Interferon-alpha Neurotoxicity
and HIV-associated Neurocognitive Disorders
William Tyor, MD
Department of Neurology
Emory School of Medicine

Jeffrey Rumbaugh In or Out:
The Role of Cryptococcal Capsule in
the Pathogenesis of Cryptococcal Meningitis
Jeffrey Rumbaugh, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor,
Department of Neurology
Emory School of Medicine

Dear Fans of CFAR,
CFAR members of a certain age may recognize that the title of this month's presentation -- 'This is Your Brain ... This is Your Brain on HIV' -- is a riff on a commercial put out by the Partnership for a Drug Free America in the 1980s.

While HIV may not actually cause your gray matter to be served sunny side up, there is no doubt about the profound impact that the interaction between HIV and the brain has on the quality of life for people with HIV, as well as on the hurdles researchers face in the ongoing steeplechase to find a cure for AIDS.

So come to the December meeting of the CFAR Network when the Clinical Director of the NIH Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS) and two of Emory's best and brightest peek under the hood of an extremely important two square feet of real estateā€¦ the human brain.