Center For AIDS Research

January 28 - February 4, 2013

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The Network News
January 28 - February 4, 2013
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"It's like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. We're fusing two approaches."
-- Matthew Porteus, PhD (Stanford)

(On the use of a zinc protein to first knock out an HIV gene involved in membrane fusion and then insert three genes that help T cells block HIV infection)
Read the article

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Raymond Schinazi

... to Raymond Schinazi, Director of the CFAR HIV Eradication Scientific Working Group, for being named, along with President Wagner, a Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. The Charter class includes, among others, 8 Nobel Laureates, 11 inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and 4 recipients of the National Medal of Science. To become an NAI Fellow you must be "...highly prolific in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."
If THAT isn't a perfect description of our Raymond, we don't know what is.
Read the press release

Colleen Kraft

... to Colleen Kraft on her recent promotion to Director of the Clinical Division of the CFAR Virology and Molecular Biomarkers Core. Colleen, who was promoted when Angie Caliendo moved to Brown, is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Medicine. She has clinical training in laboratory management and is currently researching genomics-based platforms for diagnostics. Under Colleen's leadership the Clinical Division of the VMB Core will continue to perform the high quality testing that has helped make the Core so incredibly productive. Hip, Hip, Hooray!!
Check out the Core's services

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Happy Birthday

... to Allison Ross (February 1), Prem Sharma (February 2), and Jody Guest (February 3).

According to, Aquarians (1/21 - 2/19) are ... "progressive, humane, intellectual, and sympathetic."
Yep, that sounds right. Happy Birthday to some of our most forward thinking, considerate, way smart, and empathetic CFARians!!

Sylvia Ennis

We have a recent update on Sylvia Ennis, Business Manager for Neonatology at Children's. As you may have heard, Sylvia was in a horrific accident on East Clifton Road on January 2nd ... a tree fell on her car and she was impaled in the abdomen by one of its limbs. She is still in critical condition at Grady but is improving, one baby step at a time, after many, many surgeries. Great News ... this week she is awake and has been taken off the ventelator, allowing her to talk to her family. Emory colleagues have set up a fund to help defray costs associated with Sylvia's recovery. Details about it are included in the statement below if you would like to contribute.

Read the Neonatology department statement
Read a newspaper article / watch a video about it from Fox 5 Atlanta

=Nikki Klatt=Lauren Canary
Nikki Klatt
Lauren Canary

"CFAR Members to Watch:"Nikki Klatt and Lauren Canary are first and second author respectively on a paper published in JCI that has been generating quite a bit of buzz lately. Their research (Jason Brenchley, PI; 1ZIAAI001029-05) suggests that prebiotic/probiotic supplementation may improve the efficacy of ARV treatment. Nikki got her PhD in Guido Silvestri's lab and Lauren is a first year epi student at RSPH.
Read the paper
Browse media reports regarding the study:; Eureka Alert; and Times of India

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Sought by the NIH: CNIHR Mentors
Heads Up: The Office of AIDS Research has notified all CFARs that our faculties may be asked to serve as mentors for the Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR) award program. Benefits of being a mentor include: support for your travel to IAS meetings for the duration of the 2-year projects; peer networking with other CNIHR Mentors; and an opportunity to facilitate advances in HIV cure related research.

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Funding Opps

Apr 15 (App)
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, (authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010)
PCORI: Patient-Researcher Matching Challenge


March 7 (LOI)
Sponsor: The Ellison Medical Foundation
Senior Scholar in Again Award
For established investigators


July 24, 2013
Sponsor: NIMH, NIAID
Delivering Therapeutics to Residual Active HIV Reservoirs (R01)


July 24, 2013
Sponsor: NIAID
Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery


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)

Kalichman SC, Cherry C, Kalichman MO, Amaral C, White D, Grebler T, Eaton LA, Cruess D, Detorio MA, Caliendo AM, Schinazi RF.
Randomized Clinical Trial of HIV Treatment Adherence Counseling Interventions for People Living with HIV and Limited Health Literacy.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 Jan 18. [Epub ahead of print].

Kraft CS, Binongo JN, Burd EM, Eaton ME, McCloskey CB, Fernandes H, Hill CE, Caliendo AM.
Successful use of Plasma Preparation Tubes™ (PPTs) in the COBAS(®) AmpliPrep/COBAS(®) TaqMan(®) HIV-1 Test.
Clin Virol. 2013 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print].

Lin H, He N, Zhou S, Ding Y, Qiu D, Zhang T, Wong FY.
Behavioral and Molecular Tracing of Risky Sexual Contacts in a Sample of Chinese HIV-infected Men Who Have Sex With Men.
Am J Epidemiol. 2013 Jan 24. [Epub ahead of print].

Calendar Upcoming Events
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

January 30
Global Health Seminar
Introducing New Vaccines: Challenges of Decision Making and Lessons Learned from the Recent Hib Vaccine Introduction Experience
Starring: Rana Hajjeh, MD (CDC)
Location: Rm 1000, RSPH/CNR

Februry 1 (abstract deadline)
March 23-27 (conference)
30th BRFSS Conference
Moving Forward
Sponsor: CDC
Location: Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta
   Abstract Submission

February 1 (abstract deadline)
May 28 - June 1 (conference)
ISIR 2013
Building Bridges in Reproductive Immunology
Special Workshop:
Hormone Regulation of the Mucosal Environment in the Reproductive Tract and the Prevention of HIV Infection
Sponsors: Am Soc of Reproductive Immunology
Location: Boston

Calendar Farther Down the Road
2013 Keystone Symposia
February deadlines

February 6
Vaccine Dinner Club
100 Million Miracles: Vaccine Science in the African Meningitis Belt
Starring: Marc LaForce, MD
   Former Director, Meningitis Vaccine Project
             Ryan Novak, PhD
   Epidemiologist, International Meningitis Activities (CDC)
Advance Registration Required

February 12
HOPE Webinar
Impact of first line ART resistancce in resource limited settings: Implications for future treatment options
Starring: N. Kumarasamy, MD
   Chief Medical Officer, YRG CARE (Chennai)
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR


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Spotlight! | Go Team -- More Data!


The ACTSI has just dramatically expanded the pool of available data for clinical and translational research!

Specifically, Emory, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Tech and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta have signed an agreement to permit the exchange of de-identified health information across all branches of ACTSI.

From Emory's side, researchers from the other ACTSI sites will now have access to 10 years of de-identified health information data from the Emory Healthcare and Children's Healthcare electronic medical records.

According to David Stephens, CFAR Investigator and ACTSI PI, this agreement will accelerate discoveries towards better health. Elizabeth Ofili from MSoM, ACTSI Senior Co-PI, agrees and points out that the data use agreement will "... expand inter-institutional collaboration by allowing uniform access to data for clinical effectiveness and comparative effectiveness research. Such research studies will advance scientific discovery by specifically addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes, relevant to the Atlanta community and beyond.”

Read the press release

Access downloadable versions of the various agreements with complete terms and conditions



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