Center For AIDS Research

February 13-20, 2012


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  February 13-20, 2012
Kudos
=Max Cooper
  Observer...

... to Max Cooper, recipient of the 2012 School of Medicine Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture and Award! For those of you born yesterday, Max is one of the most influential immunologists in todo el mundo. For starters he fundamentally changed the world's collective understanding of immunity when, while still a mere scientific whippersnapper, he discovered its central organizing principal -- i.e. that there are two major flavors of lymphocytes: T- and B-cells. Without this game changing insight, the rest of us might STILL be stumbling around trying to figure out how HIV is felling people and, by extension, still be totally clueless about where to start in developing effective treatments for it. Want to congratulate Max on his SOM award and help celebrate his first 40 years in research? Mark your calendar now for April 19, 5:00pm.

=Rana Chakraborty
...Observed

... to the Hagfish, for playing a seminal role in Dr. Cooper's immunological research. Hagfish have no jaws, no scales, no eyesight, no lips, and no teeth. They use their nose to smell out fish to feed on, which they then do by grabbing on (see note about "reverse knot" below) and then using rasps on their tongue to sand a hole through the side of a disabled fish before sucking out its innards, leaving only a sack of skin behind. Hagfish are also adept at producing gallons of slime, which promptly expands into an ooey gooey mass when exposed to water. Hagfish can also tie themselves into an overhand knot that travels from head to tail, removing the slime as it goes, and a reverse knot that travels from tail to head, to help anchor their mouth to the next hapless meal. Their best trick though is that even though they, like sea lampreys, completely lack an adaptive immune system they have somehow managed to stay healthy and non-extinct for over 500 million years ... i.e. since before dinosaurs walked the earth. Teasing out the how and the why of this has been the focus of Dr. Cooper's stellar career..
Read more about it.


In other news

...February 15 is the abstract deadline for the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), to be held on July 22-27 in Washington DC. Don't miss out on this chance to fulfill your New Year's resolution to change the world.

...February 18 is your chance to fulfill your OTHER New Year's resolution to support a great cause while simultaneously pursuring the perfect physique! The amazing volunteers at Action Cycling Atlanta (ACA) have, to date, raised more than $1,000,000 for AIDS vaccine research through their annual AIDS Vaccine 200 ride and they want YOU at their next event:

Spin to End 2012
an indoor cycling fundraiser to benefit AIDS vaccine research
Date: Saturday, February 18
Time:12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Place: Athletic Club Northeast
Location: 1515 Sheridan Road NE, Atlanta GA, 30324

... Need something to read while you Spin?
The CDC has just released a new fact sheet, "Using Viral Load Data to Monitor HIV Burden and Treatment Outcomes in the United States."
Download your copy now.


 
   
   
 

New Funding Opps
Faculty

FEB 21 (Concept Paper deadline for 1st round)
Sponsor: Dept of Defense
Y12 Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program: Military Specific HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, and Treatment Program for non-PEPFAR funded countries

MAR 3 (LOI deadline)
Sponsor: NICHD
R15: Biomedical and Behavioral Research Innovations to Ensure Equity (BRITE) in Maternal and Child Health

MAY 4 (Application deadline)
Sponsor: Ce-PIM
Pilot Projects: Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology on Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behaviours

JUL 22 (LOI deadline)
Sponsor: NIDA
R21/R22:Phased Services Research Studies of Drug Use Prevention, Addiction Treatment, and HIV in an Era of Health Care Reform

Full List of Funding Opps

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Students/Trainees

MAY 4 (Application deadline)
Sponsor: Ce-PIM
Eligible: Post-docs
Pilot Projects: Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology on Drug Abuse and Sexual Risk Behaviours

Full List of Funding Opps

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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

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Bonney LE, Cooper HL, Caliendo AM, Del Rio C, Hunter-Jones J, Swan DF, Rothenberg R, Druss B. Access to Health Services and Sexually Transmitted Infections in a Cohort of Relocating African American Public Housing Residents: An Association Between Travel Time and Infection. Sex Transm Dis. 2012 Feb; 39(2):116-121.


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Duffy C, Allen SM, Dube C, Dickersin K. Oncologists' Confidence in Knowledge of Fertility Issues for Young Women with Cancer. J Cancer Educ. 2012 Jan 20. [Epub ahead of print]


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Steinau M, Reddy D, Sumbry A, Reznik D, Gunthel CJ, Del Rio C, Lennox JL, Unger ER, Nguyen ML. Oral sampling and human papillomavirus genotyping in HIV-infected patients. J Oral Pathol Med. 2011 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print]
 
Upcoming Events  
Monday
Feb 13
12:00 pm
HIV/AIDS in Mauritania
Location: Rm 1055, RSPH/CNR
Sponsor: Humphrey Fellows Program
Starring:
   Ahmedou Neda, MD

Monday
Feb 13
4:00 pm
Placental Hofbauer Cells limit HIV-1 replication and potentially offset MTCT by induction of Th2 cytokines
Location: Whitehead Auditorium
Sponsor: MMG Seminar Series
Starring:
   Rana Chakraborty, MD

Monday
Feb 13
4:00 pm
Scientific Publishing from the Inside Out
Location: Bourne Seminar Room, Yerkes
Sponsor: EVC Special Seminar
Starring:
   Kristen L. Mueller, PhD; Associate Editor, Science

Tuesday
Feb 14
12:00 pm
Tajikistan’s HIV/AIDS Epidemic and Response: Past, Present, and Future
Location: Rm 1055, RSPH/CNR
Sponsor: Humphrey Fellows Program
Starring:
   Saidmumin Kholov, MD

Thursday
Feb 16
8:00 am
Microbiology Update
Sponsor: ID Weekly Seminar
Starring:
   Angela Caliendo, MD, PhD

Thursday
Feb 16
5:15 pm
February Meeting of the CFAR Network (Yipee!)
Starring:
   Jacques Normand, PhD
     Director, HIV/AIDS, NIH/NIDA
   Claire Sterk, Carlos del Rio, Bill Tyor
     Emory University
   Hannah Cooper - Host
RSVP REQUIRED


Save the Date  
Feb 21
4:30 pm
In Defense of Substantive Public Health Ethics
Location: Room 209, PAIS Bldg, 36 Eagle Row
Sponsor: Emory Center for Ethics; RSPH; CDC
Starring:
   Angus Dawson, PhD, Professor of Public Health Ethics, U of Birmingham, UK

Sep 9-12
AIDS Vaccine 2012
Location: Boston
Deadlines:
   April 6: Abstract Submission
   May 3: Early Registration
   August 16: Student and Regular Registration
 
Complete Calendar

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Spotlight! | Emory AIDS International Training & Research Program (AITRP)

The Emory AITRP (Carlos del Rio, PI), has been funded by the NIH since 1988 to provide long, medium, short term, and in-country training and research opportunities on HIV prevention and care to outstanding young researchers from Armenia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Mexico, Rwanda, Vietnam, and Zambia.

In concert with the CFAR, the AITRP also supports collaborative research between AITRP Fellows and CFAR investigators from Emory and the CDC. Most recently, the CFAR provided CFAR03 funding for former AITRP fellow, Dr. Nestani Tukvadze (in collaboration with Emory's Drs. Hank Blumberg and Russell Kempker) to study Performance of the GeneXpert for TB case finding among HIV-infected patients in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The AITRP is an astonishingly productive organization whose faculty, graduates, and research collaborations are responsible for having made substantive improvements in in-country public health capacity around HIV/AIDS at the individual, local, and national level. Want to get involved as a research collaborator?
Read more about it.

 
   
   
 

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