Center For AIDS Research

July 2-9, 2012

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Mirko Mirko Paiardini on being awarded a collaborative grant jointly funded by ACTSI and the Emory University Research Council (URC) for his research on "Central memory CDR T-cell infections in AIDS pathogenesis." everyone who successfully navigated the Clifton Road parking lot last Thursday afternoon after every single traffic light in the Clifton Corridor went out during rush hour. Not a single case of fatal road rage was reported among CFARians despite the >100F temperature, a tree down on Gatewood Rd, and the complete shutdown by police of Clifton Road at the Houston Mill corner. Way to keep your heads CFARians!

In other news...

Happy Birthday... to the United States of America, (July 4), and to Wendy Armstrong and William Shafer (also on July 4, lucky dogs).

Light a candle, sing a song -- Happy Birthday USA!
Thank a vet, 10 million strong; throw a party all day long,
Raise a cheer and sing along -- Happy Birthday USA!


... The drug Truvada (aka Tenofovir and Emtricitibine -- note: the "Em" in emtricitibine stands for Emory as it was developed here by CFARians Dennis Liotta and Raymond Schinazi) is getting close to being approved for use as the first pill to prevent HIV infection (specifically, in people at high risk for transmission). Global siver bullet or pie-in-the-sky? Read what Carlos del Rio and Mark Mulligan each have to say.

...Even though a single raindrop can weigh 50 times more than a mosquito, skeeters -- the official state insect of Texas -- are still able to take direct hits and fly safely through a downpour. Read it and weep.

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... Research Assistant position sought: Yevginey Kovalenkov, husband of CFAR financial manager Galina Terbova, is currently working in a lab at Georgia Health Sciences University (Augusta). He has >10 years of experience with adenoviral production, PCR, cryopreservation, machine maintenance and repair, and (successful) grant preparation. CFAR would REALLY like to help him locate an Atlanta-area position as a happy Galina is a happy CFAR. Please help circulate Yevginey's resume. He has applied for a number of positions on campus but, as we all know, it is easier to navigate the HR gatekeepers when your resume is requested.

...Study Volunteers sought: Are you an adult female who has eithr: A) never had any HPV (human papillomavirus ... think cervical cancer) vaccine shots; B) had 2 of your 3 HPV shots, at least 6 months ago; or C) had all 3 of your HPV shots, at least 3 years ago? If you fall into any of those three categories, CFAR investigators are seeking you for a research study to learn more about the HPV vaccine. Read more about the "Immune Memory after Papillomavirus Vaccination (IMAP)" study here. Kevin Ault, PI.



New Funding Opps

Aug 21 (LOI), Sep 21 (App)
Sponsors: NIH, all Institutes
NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards

Sep 7 (Standard AIDS dates) (App)
Sponsors: NIH, all Institutes
NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings

Sep 7 (Standard AIDS dates) (App)
Sponsors: NIDCR
Immunopathogenesis of HIV/AIDS-related Oral Manifestations and Host Immunity

Oct 3(App)
Sponsor: NIDA
Pre-Application for the FY13 NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research

Nov 11 (LOI)
Dec 11 (App)
Sponsor: NIDA
Cohort Studies of HIV/AIDS and Substance Use
Questions: Jag H. Khalsa, PhD (301.443.2159)

Jan 17, 2013 (App)
Sponsor: NIDA
FY13 NIDA Avant Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research




Full List of Funding Opps



Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

Bradley EL, Sales JM, Murray CC, DiClemente RJ. Examining interest in secondary abstinence among young African American females at risk for HIV or STIs. Health Educ Res. 2012 Jun 20 [Epub ahead of print].

Matthews JE, Stephenson R, Sullivan PS. Factors associated with self-reported HBV vaccination among HIV-negative MSM participating in an online sexual health survey: a cross-sectional study. PLoS One.2012;7(2):e30609.Epub 2012 Feb 17.

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Upcoming Events
Jul 4
University Holiday
Locations (fireworks):
   Centennial Olympic Park,
   The Ted (post-game),
   Downtown Decatur
   Various parking lots & back yards
No pre-registration required

Save the Date: New
Jul 13
T-helper Cells in Tuberculosis: Can You Teach and Old Dog New Tricks?
Starring: Shabaaba Khadar, PhD
    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
Location: Egleston, Classroom 5

Jul 22
IAS Sattelite Session
HIV in Corrections and Beyond: Progress & Challenges
Starring: Many Famous People (click here for agenda)
Location: Walter Washington Convention Center
   Session Room 4, Center Level 3 CA
RSVP now to reserve a lunch: email

Spotlight! | Quilt 2012

Quilt 2012 logoIt is fitting that during the week of July 4th the Network News spotlights the AIDS Quilt.

The stars and bars on the US flag visually display our current nation (50 stars for 50 states) never losing sight of the foundation on which that nation sits (13 stripes for 13 colonies).

The NAMES Project Memorial Quilt (the AIDS Quilt) is similarly iconic.

According to the NAMES project website, the idea for the Quilt first sparked in 1985 when AIDS activists wrote the names of loved ones who had died from AIDS-related causes on signs and taped them to the San Francisco Federal Building. To Cleve Jones, the signs collectively looked like that most American of icons, an enormous patchwork quilt.

The image never left his mind and, within two years, Jones led a rapidly growing roster of volunteers in piecing together an ever expanding quilt made of 3' x 6' blocks (the size of an average grave), each memorializing the life of one or more loved ones who had died from AIDS.

The visual and emotional impact that the Quilt had on people when it was first displayed in 1987 can not be over stated.

Keep in mind that many people who died from AIDS in those days were NEVER given a funeral as many funeral homes and cemeteries refused to handle the remains or ashes of anyone who was even suspected of having died from AIDS and, even when they did, some families refused to collect the remains.

As a result, the Quilt was the ONLY opportunity that many survivors had to publically celebrate their loved ones' lives.

The first showing of the the Quilt was 1987 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. It covered about a football field in space and included 1,920 panels. This year the entire quilt will once again be on display for the first time since 1996. Only this time the 54 ton Quilt will require more than 50 distinct locations around DC to display all of it 48,000+ panels.

If you go to the International AIDS conference this year, go see the Quilt. It will help you remember why we do what we do.

Quilt 2012 website.


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