Center For AIDS Research

October 8-15, 2012

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October 8-15, 2012
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The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'
--Isaac Asimov

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. . . to Sue Fen Kwa and Jessica Prince on being tapped as New Investigator Award winners for AIDS Vaccine 2012.
Only five of the 1,100 conference participants received this honor and two of them are among OUR best and brightest!
Read their abstracts below

Sue Fen Kwa

CD40L Adjuvant For DNA/MVA Vaccine:
Enhanced Protection From Acquisition of Neutralization Sensitive & Neutralization Resistant Mucosal SIV Infections

Jessica Prince

Impact of Transmitted CTL Escape Mutations on Replicative Capacity
and HIV Pathogenesis in Early Infection

Marcia Holstad

. . . to Marcia McDonnell Holstad on having been awarded TWO R01s in a single month: "The Living Well Project: Early Palliative Care and MI for Persons with AIDS" (R01NR014054-01) and "An Audio Music Self-Management Program to Improve ART Adherence in Rural GA" (R01NR012923-01A1).

PLUS Marcia has recently been named the CFAR Assistant Director for Clinical and Social Science Integration.
Read more about Marcia in this week's "Spotlight" feature

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Happy Birthday

... to Cliff Gunthel (October 5), John Altman (October 6), Eugene Huang (October 10), and Kirk Elifson (October 12).

May all of your birthday candles bring good wishes come true.

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In July we announced that the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) application submitted by Co-PI's Igho Ofotokun and Gina Wingood got top score (20!!!) on review of the 13 applications submitted for the single new Southern WHIS CRS that NIH anticipated awarding. BooYah!!!.

UPDATE: Igho and Gina have recently leared that internal conversations at NIH that took place post-review have resulted in a decision to fund four Southern sites, rather than just one, by reducing the funding that would have come to Emory as top score.

The 2013 Confrence on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) is going to be held on March 3-6 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta this year!
If you haven't submitted an abstract, hop to it ... the deadline is today (October 9).

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Position Sought: Research Specialist
Emily Ryan's expertise is in molecular biology and cognitive neuroscience. She has skills performing macromolecule blottings, PCR, live animal surgeries, biological tissue preparation, gel electrophoresis, protein separations and staining, culture preparations, single-cell voltage clamp recordings, and other relevant biological procedures and techniques.
Download Emily's resume.

Researchers Sought:
The ACTSI Community Engagement Research Program (CERP) is looking for researchers who want to share their research findings with the community and help ACTSI to test a new translation and dissemination strategy.
Read more about it.

Position Sought: Research Assistant
VDC member Shreenvas Prakash has experience in epidemiological research in the area of colon cancer.
Download Shreen's resume.


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New Funding Opps

Oct 29 (Pre-Proposal)
Sponsor: Doris Duke
Foundation Grant
Clinical Scientist Development Award

Dec 14 (LOS)
Sponsor: NIH (multiple)
Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities

Jan 7 (Application)
Sponsor: NIDA
Drug Abuse Aspects of HIV/AIDS

Jan 7 (Application)
Sponsor: NIMH
Research Education Programs for HIV/AIDS Research

Jan 7 (Application)
Sponsor: NIH
Parent K02:
Independent Scientist Award
Parent K07:
Academic Career Award
Parent R21:
Exploratory Developmental Research Grant Program

Jan 7 (Application)
Sponsor: NIH (multiple institutes)






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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

Basu D, Kraft CS, Murphy MK, Campbell PJ, Yu T, Hraber PT, Irene C, Pinmelater A, Chomba E, Mulenga J, Kilembe W, Allen SA, Derdeyn CA, Hunter E.
HIV-1 subtype C superinfected individuals mount low autologous neutralizing antibody responses prior to intrasubtype superinfection.
Retrovirology. 2012 Sep 20;9(1):76. [Epub ahead of print].

Cooper HLF, Wodarski S, Cummings J, Hunter-Jones J, Karnes C, Ross Z, Druss B, Bonney LE.
Public housing relocations in Atlanta, Georgia, and declines in spatial access to safety net primary care. Health and Place. 2012. 18: 1255-1260. DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2012.08.007


calendar Upcoming Events
October 9
A Pathway to Immune Memory: Evolution and Control
  Stephen M Hedrick, PhD
  University of California, San Diego
Location: Whitehead Auditorium

October 12
1:00 - 2:00pm
EcLF Special Seminar
Genes, Biologics, Biomarkers . . . Are They Patentable?
  Office of Technology Transfer
  William Noonan & Susan Alpert Siegal
  Klarquist Sparkman LLP
Location: Room 170A, 1648 Pierce Dr.
RSVP: Ashley Myers, 404-727-1785

calendar Save the Date: New
2013 Keystone Symposia
October deadlines
November deadlines

October 18
CFAR Network Pizza Party
CFAR in the Limelight:
A Reprise of CFAR@Emory Science Presented at the XIX International AIDS Conference and
AIDS Vaccine 2012

Pre-registration Required

February 23-25, 2013
Pediatric HIV/AIDS Training Course
Location: Memphis TN
Read the Course Brochure
Download the Registration Form

May 29 - June 2, 2013
Building Bridges in Reproductive Immunology
Location: Boston
Scientific Sessions include:
  Mucosal Immunity and STDs
  New Concepts of HIV Susceptibility and Acquisition
Read the Program at a Glance


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Spotlight! | CFAR Assistant Director for Clinical and Social Science Integration

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Marcia McDonnell Holstad to the CFAR Leadership!

Marcia, an Associate Professor at the Nursing School, is joining the Administrative Core in a newly created role to assist in creating new research links between our clinical and social science investigators.

Marcia received her doctorate in nursing from UAB. Her HIV/AIDS research interests include HIV+ women, adherence to antiretroviral medications, use of risk reduction behaviors, use of technology (smart phones, mobile app) to convey health messaging, palliative care, HIV/aging, and motivational interviewing. Her projects are funded by NIH/NINR.

She led the KHARMA Project which tested the efficacy of a nurse-led motivational group intervention to promote adherence to antiretroviral therapy and risk reduction behaviors in HIV+ women. She has also led the Music Project, a pilot study to develop and pilot test the efficacy of an audio music program designed to educate and motivate HIV+ persons to adhere to their antiretroviral medications and self-manage medication related symptoms and side-effects. She was recently funded to revise and incorporate this music program into a mobile phone app and test its efficacy in rural Georgia (Rural Music Project).

She was also recently funded (along with Tammie Quest as co-PI) to implement the Living Well Project, which looks at early palliative care plus motivational interviewing. She includes both behavioral and clinical outcomes in her research, is a member of the Emory WIHS team, and collaborates with CFAR members from SON, SOM, and SPH.

Marcia has taught at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing for over 20 years on all levels (BSN, MSN, PhD) and provides primary care to HIV+ women at the Grady Infectious Disease Clinic at the Ponce Center. She is also trained in motivational interviewing and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).


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