Center For AIDS Research

December 17-24, 2012

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December 17-24, 2012
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Raymond SchinaziWilliam Tyor

... to Raymond Schinazi and Bill Tyor on the news that the CFAR's HIV Eradication Scientific Working Group's NIH application "Therapeutics Targeting Macrophages/Microglia to Eradicate CNS HIV-1 Reservoirs" received an impact/priority score of 20!!
Mozel tov!!

Seal of Distinction

... to Emory University on having been named, for the third straight year, a Platinum Fit Friendly worksite by the American Heart Association. This is the highest level the Heart Association awards.
And ANOTHER drum roll please for Emory's having been named, for the second year in a row, a recipient of the Alliance for Work-Life Progress' 2013 “Work-Life Seal of Distinction.”
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Happy Birthday

... to Fauzia Malik (December 18), Bert Anderson (December 21), and Hannah Cooper (December 23)

Joy to the world, that you were born!

University of Michigan Health Systems

...Nominations are open for the 2013 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science. Self nominations will be accepted.
Deadline: January 1, 2013


...The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) has released the Year 4 RFA for their HIV Prevention Scholars program.
Read more about it.


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Job Opening: University of Vermont
University of Vermont, Center for Immunology and Infectious Diseases is seeking a Mucosal Immunologist/Microbiologist. The Center is seeking an outstanding faculty member at the Assistant, Associate or Full Professor level on the Tenure Pathway.
Read more about it

Position Sought: Lab Tech or Research Asst.
David Sacks was let go from the international graduate program at Harvard when the program was terminated upon Norm Letvin’s passing. He is now looking for a tech position. We don't know Mr. Sacks personally but have noted that he has JoAnne Passmore as one of his references. His CV lists extensive experience with molecular biological assays and cell culture systems.
Read his CV

Holiday Donations Still Wanted: Give the Gift of Food (or cash)
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. Jane Lawson is the main contact for this initiative. Food items may be delivered to either the CFAR administrative office or to the EVC. Cash/checks should be made out to "Project Open Hand" (designated for the Ponce Clinic Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Program) and delivered to Judy Catasein or Shelle Bryant (8th floor, RSPH/CNR) or Jane Lawson (EVC).
Deadline is December 22


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New Funding Opps

Jan 4 (LOI)
Sponsor: ACTSI
Drug Discovery & Development Pilot Award


Feb 1 (App)
Sponsor: NIH
BrIDGs: Bridging Interventional Development Gaps
BrIDGs makes available, on a competitive basis, critical resources needed for the development of new therapeutic agents. Investigators do not receive grant funds through this program. Instead, successful applicants receive access to NIH contractors who conduct preclinical studies at no cost to the investigator.


Feb 14 (App)
Sponsor: NIH/NCI
AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource (ACSR)


Mar 15 (App)
Sponsor: NIH/NIAID
Integrated Preclinical/Clinical AIDS Vaccine Development Program (PICAVD)


Mar 19 (App)
Sponsor: NIH/NHLBI
Mechanisms of HIV-Related Lung Disease




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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

Boliar S, Murphy MK, Tran TC, Carnathan DG, Armstrong WS, Silvestri G, Derdeyn CA.
B-lymphocyte dysfunction in chronic HIV-1 infection does not prevent cross-clade neutralization breadth.
J Virol. 2012 Aug;86(15):8031-40. doi: 10.1128/JVI.00771-12. Epub 2012 May 23.

Dunkle KL, Decker MR.
Gender-Based Violence and HIV: Reviewing the Evidence for Links and Causal Pathways in the General Population and High-risk Groups.
Am J Reprod Immunol. 2012 Dec 6. doi: 10.1111/aji.12039. [Epub ahead of print].

Zhou L, Coats SJ, Zhang H, Junxing S, Bobeck DR, Schinazi RF.
Scaleable processes for the synthesis of (-)-β-D-2,6-diaminopurine dioxolane (Amdoxovir, DAPD) and (-)-β-D-2-aminopurine dioxolane (APD).
Tetrahedron.2012 Jul22;68(29):5738-5743. Epub 2012 May 16.

calendar Upcoming Events
December 18
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
The End of AIDS?
    Wendy Armstrong
    Vince Marconi
    David Rimland

Sponsor: SOM/ID; CFAR
    Live: EUH Auditorium
    Video: Click here for more info and locations

December 19
Translational Research Interdisciplinary Group (TRIG)
Disruption of the HIV-1 Nef SMR Motif Diminishes Viral Pathogenesis
Starring: Kateena Johnson
    Morehouse School of Medicine
Sponsor: CFAR Clinical Core
Location: Ponce IDP, Room 354 or via Conference Call
(1-877-366-0711, participant code#: 513-978-24#)

December 20
CFAR Network Pizza Party
This is Your Brain ... This is Your Brain on HIV
Avindra Nath (Clinical Director, NIH/NINDS)
William Tyor (SOM/Neurology)
Jeff Rumbaugh (SOM/Neurology)
Sponsor: CFAR
Attendance by pre-registration only

December 21
Neurology Grand Rounds
"Retroviruses in Human Evolution and Neurological Diseases"
Starring: Avindra Nath, MD
     Clinical Director, NIH/NINDS
Sponsor: SOM/Neurology
Location: Harland Cinema, Dobbs University Center

calendar Farther Down the Road
2013 Keystone Symposia
January deadlines

January 9
6:00 (wine and cheese)
6:30 (meeting)
Vaccine Dinner Club
Is What's Good for the Goose Equally Good for the Gander? Ethical Aspects and Societal Acceptability of Male HPV Vaccination
Starring: Gregory D. Zimet, PhD
    Indiana University School of Medicine
Attendance by pre-registration only

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! | Queensland Emory Development (QED) Alliance

Dennis Liotta

From the Emory Campus News
"A biomedical research and development alliance among Emory University and two institutions in Queensland, Australia aims to accelerate the development of new drugs and vaccines for cancer and infectious diseases.

The Queensland Emory Development (QED) Alliance includes Emory University, the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) and the University of Queensland (UQ).The alliance was announced today in Queensland by James Wagner, Emory University president; Frank Gannon, QIMR director and professor; and Peter Høj, UQ professor and vice chancellor.

“This alliance is an outstanding example of how three leading institutions with complementary strengths can come together and be greater than the sum of our parts,” says Dennis Liotta, PhD, CFAR Developmental Core director and executive director of the Emory Institute for Drug Development. “The research and development capabilities of our three institutions will be significantly enhanced through our collaborative approach to discovery and technology transfer.”
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