Center For AIDS Research

July 23-30, 2012

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The Network News
July 23-30, 2012
Quote of the Day...

We have the worst epidemic of any developed country and part of the reason is that some regions of this country are not a developed country anymore. The epidemic has changed dramatically and that is something that is not totally appreciated.
-Carlos del Rio
Read the article
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Emory Webpage about the CFAR Rafi Ahmed (CD4+ T-cell studies), Bali Pulendran (nanoparticle vaccine approach), and Guido Silvestri (immunization studies in non-human primates) on being awarded $7M for Emory's component of a NIAID-funded Centers for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology & Immunogen Discovery (CHAVI-ID) intended to accelerate HIV vaccine development. The multi-center effort is being led by Dennis Burton at Scripps Research Institute.
Read more about it.

Women's Interagency Study on HIV ... to Igho Ofotokun and Gina Wingood on the SUPERcalafragalisticexpialadocious score they received for their application to be the first Southern site for the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). Thirteen southern institutions are vying to join WIHS and Igho and Gina's impact score of 20 is the best we've heard through the grapevine yet. May the funds be with you.

NPR logo ... to Jeff Lennox, for trying twice to get CFAR in the news. In the last week Jeff has been featured in an article in USA Today and an interview on NPR and in both cases he referenced the CFAR, only to have his comments about us end up on the cutting room floor. MAJOR brownie points for trying Jeff. Keep up the good work!!
Listen to (a homemade copy of the) excellent NPR interview

Emory Webpage about the CFAR ... to Holly Korschun, for using the miracle of the internet to accomplish what Jeff tried to do. Click the image at right to see all the coverage she created for us via a page on the Emory website that features our members' upcoming star turn at the International AIDS Conference.
Check it out.

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Happy Birthday

... to Sri Edupuganti, (July 25), and Michael Roe (July 29).

Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time. (Jean Paul Richter)
May your feathers never molt. (Kimbi Hagen)

Let's Stop HIV Together ...The CDC has launched the “Let’s Stop HIV Together” campaign (check out the billboard on Clifton Rd, right across the street from CFAR central). Cliff Notes version: Get the facts, Get tested, Get involved.
Check out the campaign.

...Attention Jyothi Rengarajan, Russell Kempker, Hank Blumberg, and everyone else interested in TB/HIV. A CDC Grand Rounds on the TB/HIV Syndemic was published in the MMWR on July 6.
Read it here.

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bulletin board HIV+ Study Volunteers wanted: The Emory University HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit is seeking patients who are HIV (+) and treatment naïve. They have several clinical trials going on for this population. Study drugs are provided.
Click here to read information about one such study (A5303)

Junior-level Group Leaders wanted: The Immunology Department at Biogen has two openings for junior level group leaders. They are looking for PhD level scientists with post doc experience and strong publication records. The expectation is that these scientists will lead small groups and projects focused on target discovery and target validation in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. They are open to scientists from all areas of Immunology. Biogen R&D is refocusing on exploratory work and there is a major investment in all of the areas that will support this work including in house mouse genetic engineering and all of the computational and –omics support staff.
Contact Jason D. Fontenot, PhD | Senior Scientist | Immunology Discovery
Biogen Idec | | 617.914.0804 (office) | 646.241.4916 (mobile).


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New Funding Opps

Jun 15 (App)
Sponsor: NIA, ORWH
Fatigability, Activity Limitations, and Bioenergetics in Aging



Dec 30 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIH
2013 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards


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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

Kilembe W, Keeling M, Karita E. Lakhi S, Chetty P, Price MA, Makkan H, Latka M, Likoti M, Ilukui K, Hurlston M, Allen S, Steven G, Hunter E. Failure of a Novel, Rapid Antigen and Antibody  Combination Test to Detect Antigen-Positive HIV Infection in African Adults with Early HIV Infection.
PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e37154.Epub 2012 Jun 8.

Albrich WC, Madhi SA, Adrian PV, van Niekerk N, Mareletsi T, Cutland C, Wong M, Khoosal M, Darstaedt A, Zhao P, Deatly A, Sidhu M, Jansen KU, Klugman KP. Use of rapid test of pneumococcal colinzation density to diagnose pneumococcal pneumonia.
Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Mar 1;54(5):601-9. Epub 2011 Dec 8.

Anderson AM, Chane T, Patel M, Chen S, Xue W, Easley KA. Warfarin Therapy in the HIV Medical Home Model: Low Rates of Therapeutic Anticoagulation Despite Adherence and Differences in Dosing Based on Specific Antiretrovirals.
AIDS Patient Care STDS.2012 Jun 28.

calendar Upcoming Events
Jul 24
Searching the Literature: Beyond PubMed
Location: WHSC Library E-Classroom
Sign Up to Attend


calendar Save the Date: New
Jul 31
Noon - 1:00pm
Lunch n' Learn
HIV Testing: What's Hot? What's Not?
Starring:  Joanne Stekler
Location: Rm 2001, RSPH/CNR
Pizza will be served

Aug 3
CFAR Meeting
HIV & Aging Interdisciplinary Research Group
Chair: Molly Perkins
Participants: YOU. All interested CFAR members invited
Location:  Rm 864 RSPH/GCR

Aug 15
HIV & Clnical Trials of HIV Vaccines: Past, Present, and Future
Starring: Paul Spearman
Location: Classrooms 5-7, CHOA/Egleston

Aug 17
Brown Bag
Clinical Outcomes Research & Public Health Seminar
Starring: Nancy Thompson
Location: Classroom 5, CHOA/Egleston


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Spotlight! | Scenarios from Africa

Scenarios from Africa If you are at the IAS meeting Kate Winskell invites you to stop by the Global Village Screening Room from 4:40 - 6:10pm TODAY.

Two brand new Scenarios from Africa films – one on sexual diversity, one on corruption – will be premiered and other recent Scenarios films will be screened and discussed. Made by Africa’s leading film directors based on winning ideas in a youth scriptwriting contest, the films are widely used in HIV communication in sub-Saharan Africa. They are currently available in 29 languages.

Have no idea what we are talking about? Check out the link below and prepare to be amazed.

Project website:
YouTube channel:
Film download website:
Scenarios from Africa in a nutshell: a 14-minute documentary produced in 2010:


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