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July 30 - August 6, 2012

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The Network News
July 30 - August 6, 2012
Quote of the Day...

I was privileged to deliver the opening keynote address at the 1st international conference on AIDS in Atlanta in 1985. Fewer than 3,000 people attended and registration was free*.” (Jim Curran)

22,000: Attendance at AIDS 2012
$1,045: Late registration fee for a regular delegate from a "high-income country"

*The quote above came from a speech that Jim Curran gave as part of "From Darkness to Light: An Interfaith Service of Hope and Committment," held at the National Cathedral in Washington DC on July 21. The service was organized by CFAR member Sandy Thurman, Executive Director of the Interfaith Health Program at Emory.
• Read a list of the Network News editor's favorite quotes from that speech
• Watch a video of the 11 minute speech itself

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Emory Webpage about the CFAR CFAR for scoring $9M in funding for our next project period – They even mentioned us on NPR!
Read more about us.

Hannah Cooper ... to Hannah Cooper on her hat trick of exciting news this week. #3: Hannah is taking over as PI on an NIDA-funded R01: "Community Vulnerability and Responses to Drug-User-Related HIV/AIDS" (R01 DA013336); #2: On August 1 she is being promoted with tenure (RSPH/Behavioral Science and Health Education); and... #1 exciting item of news this week... Hannah's adoption of daughter Nora becomes final on August 2. Zowie!!

Golden Gate Bridge... to Allison Ross Eckard (Pediatrics) and Colleen Kelley (Infectious Disease) on their selection by the CFAR to join other rising star young investigators from around the country in presenting at the 2012 National CFAR Scientific Symposium to be held in San Francisco this coming November.

Read Allison's abstract
: "The Immunomodulatory Peptide, LL-37, is Associated with CD4 Cell Counts and Immune Restoration in HIV-Infected Youth."
Read Colleen's abstract: "Differences in α4β7 Expression on CD4+ T cells among Black and White HIV-negative Men who Have Sex with Men (MSM)"

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Happy Birthday

... to Howard Kushner, (July 31), and Rob Stephenson (August 2).

The lives of people all over the world are better because you were born.

...Just in time for the beginning of our fourth 5-year project period (8/1/12-7/31/17) the CFAR Developmental Core has re-issued the standard RFA for our CFAR03 mechanism, issued a supplemental RFA for research that CFAR is specifically targeting in YR14, and reissued the micro grant and poster printing PAs. In many cases, deadlines, application procedures, and/or budget caps have changed so if you are the sort of AIDS investigator who likes the idea of being handed money to support your research or the dissemination of its findings, you might want to check it out.
Link to the Dev Core funding page.

IAS White Paper ...Interested in what happens when you pull together a multidisciplinary collection of turbo-charged brain cells from around the world and ask the craniums who house them to spend two years thinking about what research we should be focusing on if we want to cure HIV? The IAS scientific working group on HIV Cure did just that and Guido Silvestri, working group member, has forwarded an advance copy of the official IAS white paper about it that will come out in the Aug. 24, 2012 issue of nature Reviews: Immunology.
Be the first on your block to read the News-pub ahead of E-pub ahead of Pub-pub.

...Calling all prevention specialists. Updated information on PrEP is now available on the CDC website.
Check it out

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Library Training on offer: Emory University’s Main Library offers "Emory’s Research Commons: Connecting Scholars with Technology, Expertise & Each Other in the Library" on Thursday (7/26). Contact Stewart Varner ( for more information.



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New Funding Opps

Aug 15 (initial benchmark)
Sponsor: CFAR
Seed Grant Support for HIV/AIDS Research

Sept 11 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIH
Secondary Analyses of Comparative Effectiveness, Health Outcomes and Costs in Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Sep 24 (App)
Sponsor: NIGMS
Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA)

Jan 7 (App)
Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and its Co-morbidities



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)

Sullivan PS, Carballo-Diequez A, Coates T, Goodreau SM, McGowan I, Sanders EJ, Smith A, Goswami P, Sanchez J.Successes and challenges of HIV prevention in men who have sex with men.
Lancet. 2012 Jul 19 [Epub ahead of print].

Gavegnano C, Kennedy EM, Kim B, Schinazi RF. The Impact of Macrophage Nucleotide Pools in HIV-1 Reverse Transcription, Viral Replication, and the Development of Novel Antiviral Agents.
Mol Biol Int. 2012; 2012:625983. Epub 2012 Jul 1.

Hammonds J, Wang JJ, Spearman P. Restriction of Retroviral Replication by Tetherin/BST-2.
Mol Biol Int. 2012:2012:424768. Epub 2012 Jul 2.

Brown JL, Sales JM, DiClemente RJ, Latham Davis TP, Rose ES. Characteristics of African American adolescent females who perceive their current boyfriends have concurrent sexual partners.
J Adolesc Health. 2012 Apr; 50(4):377-82.

calendar Upcoming Events
Jul 31
Noon - 1:00pm
Lunch n' Learn HIV Testing: What's Hot? What's Not?
Starring:  Joanne Stekler
Location: Rm 2001, RSPH/CNR

Aug 2
Dissertation Defense
The nature of the HIV assembly compartments and the role of tetherin in the formation of the compartments in primary human macrophages
  Hin Chin
Location: Rm 110, SOM

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

calendar Save the Date: New



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Spotlight! | CFAR Does DC

Emory Webpage about the CFAR

Holly Korschun writes: "Last week administrators, faculty, staff, and students from the Emory Center for AIDS research attended the International AIDS Meeting in Washington, D.C. They presented a variety of research through more than 100 plenary talks, oral presentations, and poster presentations."

"Our Emory News Center ran AIDS-related stories during the week including major news and summaries of our participation, anchored by a story that was updated throughout the week"

"Emory faculty were well represented in numerous media interviews before and during the conference and were quoted or mentioned in many news stories that are available through the links below.

Jim Curran
• Washington National Cathedral hosts AIDS memorial service
      Episcopal News Service
      Anglican Communion News Service

Patrick Sullivan
• US AIDS Cases Come Into View
      NPR Health Blog
      New Hampshire Public Radio
      New York Public Radio
      Kera News, Texas
• Biology leaves gay men highly vulnerable to HIV
      HealthDay News

David Malebranche
• U.S. blacks, gay and straight, have biggest struggle with HIV
      WHTC Holland
      WBOC-TV 16 Maryland

Paula Frew
• Elevated HIV infection rates among black gay and bisexual men
      Georgia Health News

Guido Silvestri
• HIV Breakthroughs Boost Researchers' Optimism
      USA Today

Jeff Lennox
• The AIDS Epidemic: Beginning of the End?
      USA Today
      Daily Journal
• Drive to end AIDS in U.S. stalls as epidemic grips blacks
      Bloomberg Business Week

Carlos del Rio
• New Data Strengthens View of HIV Threat for Gay Black Men
• Drive to end AIDS in U.S. stalls as epidemic grips blacks
      Bloomberg Business Week
      The Georgia Voice
• Black, gay men have higher HIV infection rates
• Experts Address HIV problem among African American men
• U.S. HIV Care Continuum Broken
      MedPage Today
• International AIDS Conference
      CNN Espanol
• AIDS and its last obstacle
      USA Today (provided background information for op/ed)

Eli Rosenberg
• New data strengthens view of HIV threat for gay black men
• New data strengthens view of HIV threat for gay black men


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