Center For AIDS Research

December 10-17, 2012

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December 10-17, 2012
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"Our goal is to have a cure, but we can’t say that word."
Carl June
In talking about the (so good so far) eradication of leukemia in 6 year old Emma Whitehead after clinical researchers used a disabled form of HIV as gene therapy to kill malignant (and all other) B-cells because HIV "is very good at carrying genetic material into T-cells."
(You think?)

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No More Malaria

... to Mary Galinski on receiving a $19.4M grant to form the Georgia Malaria Research Team.

... and to John Altman and Chris Ibegbu for the major role that the CFAR Immunology Core played in getting the grant.
Now THAT's value added!

Cathy Wollard

... to Cathy Wollard on being named as Interim Executive Director at AID Atlanta! In past lives Cathy has served as Executive Vice President of CARE, President of the Atlanta City Council, a senior executive with the Human Rights campaign, and President and CEO of her own public affairs firm. First task on Cathy's to-do list... find a new AID Atlanta Director of Development!
Read more about it

Jessica SalesJessica Sales

... to Melissa Kottke (SOM/GYN) and Jessica Sales (RSPH/BSHE) on their $3.2M grant to design, implement, and evaluate a clinic-based intervention to improve the use of “dual protection” in young African American females. This represents a new collaboration between the Jane Fonda Center, RSPH, and the Grady Teen Services Clinic.
Read the article

Christina Gavegnano

... to Christina Gavegnano on having been elected by the University
as one of Emory’s two 2012-2013 candidates to submit an application to the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program (DP5). The DP5 mechanism supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or clinical residency, thereby forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period
May the funds be with you!

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In the coverage of World AIDS Day 2012 several CFARians appeared in the print and electronic media...

Harriet Robinson and GeoVax Labs were the focus of an AJC article on November 23. In it, investment research firm SeeThruEquity wrote: “We believe GeoVax is a leading candidate to develop the first viable HIV vaccine as its early findings look promising and it is the only preventative vaccine candidate proceeding into efficacy trials.”

Anne Spaulding was quoted in a November 28 article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle focusing on her EnhanceLink project: "Of all the life events that knock people out of HIV care, going to jail is one of the biggest disrupters. And we know that HIV prevalence among jail detainees is higher than the general population, which creates a great public health need to connect these infected detainees to services during jail and after release."

Kimbi Hagen was quoted in a November 28 article in US News that discussed 14 enduring myths around HIV/AIDS. According to Kimbi: "There is a universal tendency with HIV to try to say: 'This is something that will affect someone else and not me.' And so you say that you can't get it doing the things that you do -— you could only get it if you did the things that other people do. That may be the biggest myth."

Eric Hunter was the focus of an Emory News Center article on December 5 that focused on his recent publication in PLOS Pathogens. In the article Eric describes their finding that different varieties of HIV have unequal viral replicative capacity and that HIV replicative capacity appears to be tightly correlated with how quickly an infected individual's disease progresses. "This suggests that the trajectory of pathogenesis may be affected very early in infection, before adaptive immunity can respond.... It raises the possibility that a vaccine that can attenuate early virus replication would have a positive impact on disease progression."

Carlos del Rio was quoted in a December 11 Voice of America article describing the new testing recommendations for all US persons ages 15-65. In the article Carlos supported widespread testing on the grounds that testing, treatment, and transmission are interlinked: "[If they are being treated] people are less likely to progress to disease and also, as importantly, people are less likely to transmit to others. So starting therapy early leads to better disease outcomes."

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Happy Birthday

... to Kristin Dunkle (December 11)

Congratulations to Kristin on having successfully navigated 584,020,178 miles through space during the last 365 days (with most of those miles accrued while on a plane to or from South Africa).

Francis Collins
From GQ's 2009 'Rock Stars of Science'

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins has announced that he is rejecting the NIH Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB)'s recommendation to establish a new NIH Institute focused on substance use, abuse, and addiction-related research in favor of their secondary recommendation to functionally integrate existing resources within the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). As a result, NIDA and NIAAA will retain their institutional identities, while "strengthening their ongoing efforts to work more closely with each other and with related research programs at other institutes and centers."
Read the press release.

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Are you currently funded by NIH? Do you want to STAY funded by NIH? Listen up.... At some point in Spring 2013 NIH will begin to delay the processing of non-competing continuation awards until all publications arising from that award are in compliance with the NIH public access policy.
Get the complete scoop.

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Applications Still Being Accepted: Baylor College of Medicine
The Baylor CFAR has notified us that applications will be accepted until January 31 for a faculty position in HIV pathogenesis, HIV-related malignancies, or HIV immunology in the Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology. Preference will be given to applicants with an established research program.
Read more about it

Position Sought:
by Michelle Sturgis, BS, MPH. Michelle's 1 year contract at the CDC has ended 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.

Holiday Donations Wanted: Give the Gift of Food
As you are well aware, the Ponce Clinic serves >6,000 men, women, and children with HIV, most of whom are also struggling with multiple major life issues. One of the critically needed services they offer is an on-site food pantry. We are soliciting donations to the pantry, either food items (click here for list) or via cash/check. Food items may be delivered to either the CFAR administrative office or to the EVC. Cash/checks should be delivered to Judy Catasein or Shelle Bryant (8th floor, RSPH/CNR) or Effie Bartley or Helen Drake-Perrow (EVC).
Deadline is December 22


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New Funding Opps

Jan 14 (App)
Sponsor: National Acadamies
Jefferson Science Fellows
research supported through a partnership between the U.S. academic community, professional scientific societies, the U.S. Department of State and the USAID.


Feb 1 (App)
Sponsor: Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation
Award Link
basic or clinical research to advance the understanding, diagnosis or treatment of disease.


Mar 20 (App)
Sponsor: NIH
opportunities for collaborative research at the NIH clinical center


Mar 21 (App)
Sponsor: ACTSI
clinical research career development program for junior faculty




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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

J.L Prince, DT Claiborne, JMCarlson, M Schaefer, T Yu, S Lahki, H. Prentice, L Yue, SA Vishwanathan, W. Kilembe, P. Goepfert, M. Price, J. Gilmour, J. Mulenga, P. Farmer, C. Derdeyn, J. Tang, D. Heckerman, R. Kaslow, S. Allen, E Hunter.
Role of Transmitted Gag CTL Polymorphisms in Defining Replicative Capacity and Early HIV-1 Pathogenesis.
PLoS Pathog 8(11): e1003041. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003041 (2012).
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calendar Upcoming Events
December 13
3:30 - Talk
4:30 - Reception
3rd Annual Distinguished Teacher Lecture
Public Scholarship: from P-values to Prevention
    Rob Stephenson
Sponsor: Emory Libraries
Location: Oxford Room (Opposite 3rd floor of Bookstore)
Questions: Lee Pasackow

December 14
HIV Drug Resistance Program Conference
Trafficking of Viral Macromolecules
Sponsor: NIH/NCI
Location: Frederick (MD) National Laboratory for Cancer
Information: Website

calendar Farther Down the Road
2013 Keystone Symposia
December deadlines

December 17-19
2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities
Building a Healthier Society
Location: Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
    National Harbor, Maryland
Information: Website
April 10
8:15 - 4:00
Improving the Management of HIV Disease
Co-Chairs: Jeff Lennox (Emory CFAR)
                 Mike Saag (UAB CFAR)
Location: Cobb Galleria Centre
Information: Website and Registration


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Spotlight! | HIV Online Provider Education (HOPE)


The Harvard CFAR sponsors twice-monthly online conferences for doctors and nurses on topics relevant to the care of HIV-infected patients in resource-limited settings. Registration is free, conference sessions may be attended by anyone, the topics are intruiging, conference participants may ask questions and make comments in real time using an interactive conferencing platform, and past conferences are available for viewing through the website's archive. All in all, an outstanding value!

The CFAR has been well represented among the experts that lead each session... Vince Marconi has presented three times, Carlos del Rio presented last month, and Igho Ofotokun is presenting next month. Go CFARians!

Upcoming conferences include:

January 8, 2013: Biostatistics
Brian Zanoni (MIT, Harvard)

January 22: HIV and Bone Disease
Igho Ofotokun (Emory)

February 12: ART Resistance
N. Kumarasamy (YRG CARE)
Check out the details


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