Center For AIDS Research

November 5-12, 2012

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November 5-12, 2012
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"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do that is by not voting."
Franklin D. Roosevelt

"In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard's vote."
David Foster Wallace

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Please Vote.
From "It's not a Christian's place to get involved in politics," to "I don't want to increase my chances of getting jury duty," read the reasons that some American's give for not voting.

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Claire Sterk

. . . to Claire Sterk for agreeing to step in as acting Provost following Earl Lewis' upoming departure on November 10th. Claire is currently the PI on two NIH R01s (DA025494 and DA025607) investigating the link between structural and environmental factors in HIV risk taking among drug users and other socially marginalized populations.
Read President Wagner's letter announcing Claire's appointment

Rana Chakraborty

. . . to Rana Chakraborty for having been awarded the Clinical Innovation Award in the area of Program Development during the 2012 Dept of Pediatrics faculty awards ceremony. Among other initiatives, Rana is being recognized for his outstanding work in organizing a multi-national Pediatric HIV/AIDS Training Course, to be held February 23-25, 2013 in Memphis, TN.
Read the brochure
Register for the course

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. . . to members of the CFAR Network for reading and acting on the weekly "Bulletin Board" announcements. We recently heard that CFAR member Sowmya Vasudevan has picked up additional projects at Emory based on a notice in the Bulletin Board. That is at least the second person we have heard of.
Keep up the good work, fans of CFAR!

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Happy Birthday

... to Mary Galinski (November 5) and Tianwei Yu (November 6)

Birthdays are nature's way of telling us to eat more cake.

Rob Stephenson

Rob Stephenson has been tapped to give the 3rd annual Distinguished Teacher Lecture for Emory Libraries' Instructor Development Community of Practice (ID-COP) on December 13.
More details to follow.

Baek Kim

Baek Kim, currently a Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Rochester, will be joining Emory and the CFAR in May as head of the Drug Discovery group in Peds. As
Ray Schinazi remarks, "Since Baek is an F16 fighter pilot (in the S Korean reserve air force) CFAR will definitely fly higher with him!"
Amen to that, brother!!

Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication (CARE)

NIH/NIAID has announced that the Collaboratory of AIDS Researchers for Eradication (CARE) is accepting applications, on a rolling deadline, for projects that utilize Quantitative Viral Outgrown Assays (Q-VOA) to: 1) test the ability of novel agents to induce in vitro production of replication-competent HIV in resting CD4+ T cells from aviremic ART-treated patients, 2) measure the frequency of resting CD4+ T cell infection in patients in trials to deplete latent infection, and 3) as a benchmark comparison for other assays of latent HIV infection.
Read more about it.

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Position Available: Branch Chief
The Division of AIDS, NIAID, NIH is recruiting for a Branch Chief (NIH-GR-DH-13-758419). Applications are being taken through Tuesday, November 6.
Read the position description

Position Sought: Research Scientist, Associate or Supervisory
Amara Luckay is experienced in the concepts and techniques involved in performing recombinant DNA research applied to the genetic analysis in viral systems, performing gel electrophoresis and southern blot hybridization, amplifying DNA using PCR, developing high throughput screens for cell based assays, performing cell culture and sterile techniques, the propagation and utilization of HIV/SIV in different assays, and animal model studies involving vaccine and small molecules.
Read Amara's CV.


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New Funding Opps

Nov 15 (App)
Sponsor: AAUW
Postdoctoral Leave Fellowship
One year of funding for women in tenure-track faculty positions in support of their earning tenure and further promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research.


Nov 15 (App)
Sponsor: AAUW
Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants
Funds for women college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. The grants are intended for tenure-track, part-time, or temporary faculty or new and established researchers at universities. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing, editing, and responding to issues raised in critical reviews.




Nov 15 (App)
Sponsor: AAUW
Dissertation Fellowship
Dissertation Fellowships available to women doctoral candidates completing dissertations between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.


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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

Voisin DR, Salazar LF, Crosby R, Diclemente RJ.
The relationship between ethnic identity and Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infections among low-income detained African American adolescent females.
Psychol Health Med. 2012 Oct 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Wall KM, Kilembe W, Nizam A, Vwalika C, Kautzman M, Chomba E, Tichacek A, Sardar G, Casanova D, Henderson F, Mulenga J, Kleinbaum D, Allen S.
Promotion of couples' voluntary HIV counselling and testing in Lusaka, Zambia by influence network leaders and agents.
BMJ Open. 2012 Sep 6;2(5). pii: e001171. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2012-001171. Print 2012.
Full Article

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]
Full Article

calendar Upcoming Events
November 5
Recent Advances in Humanized Mice: Accelerating the Development of an HIV Vaccine
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR

November 5
GFE Brownbag
Johanna Chapin
Implementing HIV Surveillance among Female Sex Workers in Honduras
Location: Rm 1000, RSPH/CNR

November 6
GFE Brownbag
Amanda Geller
What Works to Prevent Adolescent Pregnancy in Mexico?
Location: Rm 1000, RSPH/CNR

November 6
Dissertation Defense
Kristin Wall
Promotion and integration of couples' HIV voluntary counseling and testing (CVCT) with other health services for HIV prevention
Advisors: Patrick Sullivan, Susan Allen
Location: Rm 3001, RSPH/CNR

November 7
Vaccine Dinner Club
Tom Evans
    Chief Scientific Officer, AERAS
Tuberculosis: The Final Frontier

No Admittance without Pre-Registration

November 8
Weekly ID Seminar
Neela Goswami
GIS THIS: A Geographic Information Systems-based approach to screening for TB, HIV, and Syphilis
Location: Rita Anne Rollins Rm, RSPH/GCR

November 12
12:00 - 1:00
Paul Spearman
Anatomy of an NIH Grant
Sponsor: Emory & Childrens
Location: Classroom 507, Egleston
RSVP Required


calendar Farther Down the Road
2013 Keystone Symposia
November deadlines

November 15
Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Lectureship
Charles M. Rice, PhD
    Maurice R. & Corrine P. Greenberg Professor (Virology)
    The Rockefeller University
Hepatitis C: Is the End in Sight?
Location: Rm 5012, Winship Cancer Center

November 15
CFAR Network Pizza Party
Jeffrey Crowley
From Crucible to Community: How HIV Research Can Shape the Future of the Ryan White Program
Location: Rm 1000, CNR/RSPH


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Spotlight! | HVTN Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP)

Tequilla Pryor

The HVTN Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) is seeking African-American and Hispanic medical students interested in HIV vaccine research.

Just ask Tequilla Pryor, a medical student at Georgia Health Sciences University who has been working with mentors Mark Mulligan and Julia Painter as a RAMP scholarship student at the Hope Clinic CFAR HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) site on "Investigating the Motivators and Barriers to Recruitment and Retention of African Americans in Atlanta-based HIV Vaccine Trials."

If YOU know someone who fits the criteria and may be interested in exploring a future career in HIV vaccine development research, let them know that the HVTN is now accepting applications (Deadline: January 10, 2013) for scholar grants to conduct basic, clinical, behavioral and social science research projects related to HIV/AIDS vaccines.

Read more about it


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