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January 7-14, 2013

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The Network News
January 7-14, 2013
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...From an article recently published in Science about China partnering with gay groups on HIV screening:

"If we want to have a long-term strategy, we need to retain people. If you cannot retain them, then forget about treatment."
-- Frank Wong

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Theresa Nash
En route to Austin to pick up her kids!

... to the national Amber Alert system for reuniting Theresa Nash (RSPH/GH) with her two sons, Benjamin and Henry, who were kidnapped by their father just before Christmas and recovered in Austin, TX after being spotted at a motel by someone who recognized the boys from seeing the Amber Alert on TV. The boys are fine and home again with Theresa in Atlanta.
Read more about it!

Tianwei YuBrent Johnson

... to Brent Johnson and Tianwei Yu (Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics Core), on their recent promotions.
Both are now Associate Professors (with tenure) in the RSPH department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics.
Go Team CFAR!

Rob Stephenson

... to Rob Stephenson on having been named to the 2013 Woodruff Leadership Academy. Launched in 2003, the Leadership Academy builds managerial expertise throughout Emory's health sciences community
Happy New Year!

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Happy Birthday

... to Chris Ibegbu (December 25), Jim Else (December 27), Harrison Taylor (December 30), Nancy Sterk (December 31), Xuemin Chen and Francois Villinger (January 1), Cameron Tran (January 5), Jeff Rumbaugh (January 8), and Marcia Holstad (January 10)

Joy to the world, that you were born!

Mirko Pairdini


...Mirko Pairdini has just received new funding from NIH/NIAID
(Persistent Viral Reservoirs in SIV Infected Macaques; 1R21 AI104278-01).

Eric Nehl

Eric Nehl's publication describing a CFAR-facilitated study about using e-technologies for HIV prevention and reseach targeting Chinese MSM
is referenced in the same article in Science from which this week's
"Quote of the Day" was drawn.
Read Eric's publication

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Job Opening: B-cell immunologist
The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is advertising for a B cell immunologist interested in basic and translational work. They are recruiting at the Assistant or Associate Member (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor) level.
Read more about it

Judges Needed (Friday, Jan 11): 10th Annual DSAC Student Research Symposium
The GDBBS Division Student Advisory Committee (DSAC) will be hosting the 10th Annual DSAC Student Research Symposium on Friday January 11, 2013 in the Medical Education Building, from 9am-5pm (reception to follow). They want your help to make this event a success. Please volunteer and hour or two of your time to judge either a platform or a poster session, or both!
1. Read the schedule
2. Select your availability from the faculty judges poll. They are happy to accomodate any schedule.


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New Funding Opps

Jan 31 (LOI)
Sponsor: QED
2 Projects (@$250K)
20 Travel Bursaries (@ $5K)


Rolling Submission
Sponsors: NICHD; Atlanta Pediatric Scholars Program
For pediatric faculty embarking on basic science careers.


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


Jul 25 (App)
Sponsor: NIH/NIAID
Research in latent TB infection (LTBI) in the Setting of HIV Co-infection



Mar 4 (App)
Sponsor: Fogarty Intl Center
International Research Scientist Developmenta Award (IRSDA)

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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

Cooper H, Des Jarlais D, Ross Z, Tempalski B, Bossak BH, Friedman SR.
Spatial access to sterile syringes and the odds of injecting with an unsterile syringe among injectors: a longitudinal multilevel study.
J Urban Health. 2012 Aug;89(4):678-96. doi: 10.1007/s11524-012-9673-y.
Full article

Curran JW, Crosby RA.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV: Who Will Benefit and What Are the Challenges?
Am J Prev Med. 2013 Jan;44(1 Suppl2):S163-6.

Gavegnano C, Detorio M, Bassit L, Hurwitz SJ, North T, Schinazi RF.
Cellular pharmacology and potency of HIV-1 nucleoside analogs in primary human macrophages.
Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2012 Dec 21. [Epub ahead of print].

Johnson EL, Chakraborty R.
Placental Hofbauer cells limit HIV-1 replication and potentially offset mother to child transmission (MTCT) by induction of immunoregulatory cytokines
Retrovirology. 2012 Dec 5;9:101. doi: 10.1186/1742-4690-9-101
Full article

Kelley CF, Rosenberg ES, O’Hara BM, Frew P, Sanchez T, Peterson J, del Rio C, Sullivan PS.
Measuring Population Transmission Rish for HIV: An Alternatie Metyric of Exposure Risk in Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in the US.
PLOS One. Epub 2012 Dec 28.

Swartzendruber A, Sales JM, Brown JL, Davis TL, Diclemente RJ, Rose E.
Predictors of repeat Chlamydia trachomatis and/or Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections among African-American adolescent women.
Sex Transm Infect. 2012 Dec 12. [Epub ahead of print].

calendar Upcoming Events
January 8
Goodwin and Rose Helen Breinin Lectureship in Basic Science
Forward genetic analysis of immunity
    Bruce Beutler, MD
    Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    2011 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine
Sponsor: SOM/Microbiology & Immunology
    WSHCAB Auditorium

January 8
5:30 - 7:00
CFAR Network Special Seminar
Mobilizing virtual networks to recruit young adults in the United States: Lessons learned from two online behavioral risk assessments
    Jose Bauermeister, PhD, MPH
    University of Michigan
Sponsor: CFAR
    Room 1000, RSPH/CNR

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
Information: Website and Registration

January 11
Stakeholder Input Webinar
The White House Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence Against Women and Gender-related Health Disparities
Sponsor: White House, DHHS Office of Women's Health
Information: Flyer
Registration: Link

calendar Farther Down the Road
2013 Keystone Symposia
January deadlines

January 17
5:30 (pizza and networking)
6:00 (3 fountain of youth presentations)
7:30 (wine and more networking)
CFAR Network Pizza Party
AIDS in the AARP Years
External Speaker:
David E. Vance, PhD
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
"BoomerAIDS: HIV Neurocognitive Causes and Effects in PWAs over 50"
Internal Speakers:
Information: Website and Registration

January 21 (early reg deadline)
March 8-10 (course)
Clinical Vaccinology Course
Location: Chicago
Information: Website and Registration

January 24-25
International Workshop
HIV cure and eradication: A feasible option?
Location: Milan, Italy
Information: Website and Registration

January 29
HIV Eradication SWG Meeting
Engineering ZFNs and TALENs for treating HIV and single-gene disorders
Starring: Gang Bao, PhD
    Director, Center for Pediatric Nanomedicine
    Emory University
Location: Classroom 5, Egleston Conference Center
Information: Flyer


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Spotlight! | Estimated HIV Incidence in the United States, 2007-2010

CDC HIV Surveillance Report

The CDC recently released a supplmental report on estimated HIV incidence in the United States.

From the report: "All rates are per 100,000 population. The report describes comparisons of 2008 to 2010 estimates. ... Comparisons that are not statistically significantly different [at the 0.05 level using the z-test] are described as “stable,” including some changes that appear large but are not statistically significant."

The estimated number of overall new HIV infections remained stable.
There are estimated to have been around 47,500 new infections in 2008 and around 47,500 new infections in 2010.

New HIV infections remained stable in all age groups.
In 2010, the highest rate occurred among individuals aged 25–34 years (34.9), followed by individuals aged 35–44 years (27.3). Individuals aged 55 years and older had the lowest rate (3.3).

New HIV infections decreased among females.
Over two years the number of new HIV infections among females decreased 21%, from 12,000 in 2008 to 9,500 in 2010.

New infections remain high among men compared to women
In 2010, the rate of new HIV infections among males (30.7) was 4.2 times that of females (7.3).

Blacks/African Americans (B/AA) continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV infection.
The rate of new HIV infections in B/AA was 7.9 times as high as the rate in whites in 2010, and the rate of new HIV infections among B/AA males was 2.7 times the rate for B/AA females.

The number of new HIV infections among MSM increased
The number of new HIV infections among MSM increased 12% between 2008 and 2010, with a 22% increase among MSM aged 13–24 years. Although MSM represent about 4% of the male population in the United States, MSM accounted for 78% of the new HIV infections among males.

Read the full report


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