Center For AIDS Research

September 17, 2012

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"In many areas of the U.S. where the AIDS epidemic is burgeoning, PrEP [pre-exposure prophylaxis] is not likely to be used at all. The greatest areas of increasing HIV infection are in the Southeast, where public funding for PrEP is essentially nonexistent."

-Jeff Lennox, in report entitled "Missed Dose? Truvada Still Prevents HIV in Men." Divider RuleKudos...


. . . to John Altman for embarking on a radical new experimental diet called "Eat less, Exercise more." Personally, we don't see it ever really catching on with the masses but it is clearly working for him!

. . . to Galina Terbova and Yevgeniy Kovalenkov, recently of Augusta, on preparing to close on a new house here in Atlanta. Anything that commits this CFAR power couple to Atlanta is a good thing and nothing says 'commitment' like a brand new mortgage.

. . . and a tip of the Shamrock to Paula Frew on being named a Community Engaged Learning Faculty Fellow (Community ELFF) by the Center for Community Partnerships here at Emory. Even better, the position comes with funding for community projects.

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Happy Birthday

... to Rana Chakraborty (September 22).

Its your birthday, we wish you many more, happy birthday to you;
Cut the cake and let's eat some more, happy birthday to you!!

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...A paper that Greg Melikyan and his group published ("Multifaceted Mechanisms of HIV-1 Entry Inhibition by Human α-Defensin") showing that human neutrophil peptide 1 effectively prevented HIV entry into cells in multiple ways earned him Paper of the Week in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Gold Star!!!
Read the paper

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Position Sought:
Sowmya Vasudevan, MS is an Emory employee and IT professional looking for a good opportunity to continue promoting the cause of public health. She has worked for more than 10 years designing and developing various database/web applications for different clinical studies and public health projects including important registries supporting cardiology and heart-failure studies.
Download her CV.

Position Sought:
by Michelle Sturgis, BS, MPH. Michelle's 1 year contract at the CDC is ending and she is on the hunt for another position as an epidemiologist or laboratorian. She has diverse public health experience at the state and Federal level and extensive research skills in conducting projects both domestically and with an international focus. She is proficient in managing large, complex data sets and has trained graduate and undergraduate students in molecular and cellular techniques.
Download her CV.



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New Funding Opps

Oct 29 (LOI)
Prevention of HIV Transmission/Acquisition through a better understanding of Reproductive Health

Dec 7 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIMH
NIMH Research Education Mentoring Programs for HIV/AIDS Researchers

Dec 11 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIMH, NIDA
Advancing Community-level Approaches to Reduce HIV Infection in Highly Impacted Communities

Nov 1 (App)
Sponsor: CFAR
Request for Applications in HIV/AIDS




Nov 1 – Dec 31 (Apps)
Sponsor: CDC
Orise Fellowship
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships for HIV Prevention in Communities of Color


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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

Jewkes R, Nduna M, Jama Shai N, Dunkle K.
Prospective study of rape perpetration by young South African men: incidence & risk factors.
PLoS One. 2012;7(5):e38210. Epub 2012 May 31.

Chu H, Wang JJ, Qi M, Yoon JJ, Wen X, Chen X, Ding L, Spearman P.
The intracellular virus-containing compartments in primary human macrophages are largely inaccessible to antibodies and small molecules.
PLoS One. 2012;7(5):e35297. Epub 2012 May 2.

Vanderford TH, Slichter C, Rogers KA, Lawson BO, Obaede R, Else J, Villinger F, Bosinger SE, Silvestri G.
Treatment of SIV-infected sooty mangabeys with a type-I IFN agonist results in decreased virus replication without inducing hyperimmune activation.
Blood. 2012 Jun 14;119(24):5750-7. Epub 2012 May 1.

calendar Upcoming Events
Sept 18
Noon Seminar
Target cell restriction in SIV transmission, pathogenesis, and eradication
  Children's Center for
  Immunology and Vaccines
  Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD
Location: Classroom 5, Egleston

Sept 19
Biomedical Career Symposium
Location: SOM, Auditorium 110

calendar Save the Date: New
2013 Keystone Symposia
September deadlines

October 3
Vaccine Dinner Club
Farenheit 140: Cutting the Cold Chain, One Silk Worm at a Time
Pre-registration Required

October 10 (Abstract Deadline)
X1: B-cell Development and Function (X1)
X2: AIDS Vaccines
Date: Feb 10-15, 2013
Location: Keystone Resort, CO

October 26
Research Day
5th Annual Dept of Medicine Research Day
  Edward J. Benz Jr. MD
  President & CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Location: Cox Hall ballroom


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Spotlight! | Coursera

On Wednesday, September 19 Emory University will be joining the ranks of Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, UCSF, Penn, and other elite Universities in offering free online education for the lay public through "Coursera."

Our CFAR will be the first to offer a Coursera course on HIV/AIDS. Organized by Kimbi Hagen, the 9-week course will cover:

Week 1: The history of AIDS, focusing on the origin of HIV, its initial discovery in humans, the early response to HIV (good, bad, and ugly), and its global spread since then.

Week 2: The science of HIV/AIDS, focusing on routes of transmission, how the immune system works, what HIV does to disable the body’s ability to protect itself against everyday germs, and important scientific questions about HIV that are as yet unanswered.

Week 3: The changing face of AIDS, focusing on how HIV affects and is affected by racial, sexual, cultural, and gender-based factors.

Week 4: HIV education, focusing on culturally embedded HIV prevention and awareness messages, the key factors that need to be considered when providing prevention counseling, and where to find information about prevention interventions of proven efficacy.

Week 5: Current biomedical prevention research, focusing on microbicides, male circumcision, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and “treatment as prevention.”

Week 6: Experimental vaccines for HIV, focusing on an explanation of what vaccines are, the requirements for a successful HIV/AIDS vaccine, what is involved in being a volunteer in a clinical trial of an experimental AIDS vaccine, and a discussion of vaccine trial results to date.

Week 7: HIV testing, focusing on when and how it is done, and on what HIV testing can and can not tell us about an individual’s HIV status.

Week 8: HIV/AIDS treatments, focusing on commonly used medications for preventing mother-to-child transmission, the advancement of HIV disease, and the complications of co-infecting illnesses.

Week 9: A review of past, present, and potential future controversies surrounding HIV/AIDS.


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