Center For AIDS Research

February 11-18, 2013

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The Network News
February 11-18, 2013
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"It is a good morning exercise for research scientists to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps them young."
-- Konrad Lorenz

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Julia, Scott, and Aaron Painter

... to Julia Painter and her husband Scott on the birth of their son Aaron Graham Painter. Aaron (6lb 5oz, 20") became Shoshanna Painter's little brother and our newest CFAR member at 4:32am on Friday, February 8. We hear that Aaron has already started his research career with an unfunded project: "The generalizability of operant conditioning in sleep-deprived adults: The use of vocalizations to stimulate cuddling, feeding, and diaper changing behaviors in homo sapien parents." BTW: Aaron's first initial was selected in honor of Julia's grandmother, Ida Abramowitz, his middle name is Scott's father's first name.

... to Colleen Kelley, Yan Sun, and Elizabeth Wright, the three most recent recipients of CFAR Developmental Core CFAR03 funding.

Colleen Kelley

Colleen Kelley, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor (Medicine), SOM
"Defining the rectal mucosa in MSM at risk of HIV infection."
Read Dr. Kelley's abstract

Yan Sun

Yan Sun, Phd, MS, Assistant Professor (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), RSPH
"Impact of HIV-infection on Age-related DNA methylation."
Read Dr. Sun's abstract

Elizabeth Wright

Elizabeth Wright, PhD, Assistant Professor (Pediatrics), SOM
"Ultrastructural analyses of HIV-1 and env recruitment and localization."
Read Dr. Wright's abstract

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Happy Birthday

... to Ling Yue (February 6), Alfredo Tirado-Ramos (February 9), Greg Melikian & Sam Speck (February 16), and Tab Ansari (February 18).

To-do list for this week: Pop the champagne, make a lot of noise, dish out the cake, and throw some confetti ... it's time to party!

National Institutes of Health

NIH has announced some changes in their policy on what post-submission application information materials, and devices they will accept. For example, you can now -- under certain circumstances -- share the good news re: promotion or tenure for a PI, PD, or key personnel post-submission; and graduation, employment, promotion, funding, publication, and other professional achievements for trainees, former trainees, and faculty members.
(NOT-OD-13-030) is worth a read. Also this one
(NOT-OD-12-141) about videos submitted as NIH application materials.

=Partners Image Library
HIV cases from
around the world.

There's a new FREE OF CHARGE inter-CFAR shared resource in town: Partners Infectious Disease Images. Developed by Harvard and UT-Austin, this is a an easily searchable digital library of case studies and images with more than 1500 images, of which 300 cases and 100 images (to date, see below) are related to HIV/AIDS.
Read a summary of the site and its features
Access the website

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Wanted: Cases and images related to HIV and TB
The good folk at Partners Infectious Disease Images (see story above) are looking for even more image-based cases related to HIV and/or TB for publication on their website.
Contact Rajesh Gandhi or Alice Cort if you have a case to submit.

Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS3)

Wanted: Community Study subjects
If you are 30 - 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer please consider taking part in the American Cancer Society-sponsored Cancer Prevention Study #3 (CPS-3). Earlier iterations of the study led to discoveries such as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and the role obesity plays in the risk of several cancers. Be a part of the next life saving discovery! Enrollment will take place at your local YMCA March 1-15, 2013.
Read more about it

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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 Aging 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


Aug 30 (App)
Evaluation of the Latent Reservoir in HIV-Infected Infants and Children with Early Antiretroviral Treatment and Virologic Control



Feb 19 (App)
Sponsor: Emory University
On Recent Discoveries by Emory Researchers
$7K to teach your research to Emory undergrads

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)

Crosby RA, Charnigo RA, Weathers C, Caliendo AM, Shrier LA.
Condom Effectiveness Against Non-viral Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Prospective Study Using Electronic Daily Diaries.
Sex Transm Infect. 2012 Nov;88(7):484-9. Epub 2012 Sep 21.

Siegler AJ, Mbwambo JK, Diclemente RJ.
Applying the Dynamic Social Systems Model to HIV Prevention in a Rural African Context: The Maasai and the Esoto Dance.
Health Educ Behav. 2013 Jan 31. [Epub ahead of print].

Waldrop-Valverde DG, Davis TL, Sales JM, Rose ES, Wingood GM, Diclemente RJ.
Sexual concurrency among young African American women.
Psychol Health Med. 2013 Jan 31. [Epub ahead of print]

Zhang H, Zhou L, Amblard F, Shi J, Bobeck DR, Tao S, McBrayer TR, Tharnish PM, Whitaker T, Coats SJ, Schinazi RF.
Synthesis and evaluation of novel potent HCV NS5A inhibitors.
Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2012 Jul 15;22(14):4864-8. Epub 2012 May 24
Link to full article

Calendar Upcoming Events
February 11
K Club
Tips & Tools for Communicating Your Research
Location: Classroom 5-7, Egleston
RSVP: Email

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

February 12
ORDER info session
"On Recent Discoveries by Emory Researchers"
Funding provided for graduate students and post docs to teach undergraduates about their research.
(see Student/Trainee funding opp at left)

Starring: David Lynn
Sponsor: Emory University
Location: Atwood 316
Information: Program Flier

February 14
ID Seminar
Starring: Dr. John Steel
Location: Rita Ann Rollins Rm, RSPH/GCR

February 14
Biochemistry Seminar
Mitochondrial-Stress Signaling in Disease and Aging
Starring: Gerald S. Shadel, PhD (Yale)
Location: Whitehead Auditorium

February 14 (final registration date)
IAS 2013
HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention
Dates: June 30-July 3, 2013
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Information: Website

February 15 (abstract submission deadline)
June 15-20 (conference)
HIV/AIDS Workgroup
Innaugural Meeting
Sponsor: The College on Problems of Drug Dependence
Location: San Diego, CA
Information: Website
Abstract guidelines

February 16
8:30 - 6:00
Sam Speck's 60th Birthday Symposium
30 Years of SPECK-tacular Gammaherpesvirus Research
Location: Emory Conference Center
Information: symposium flier
RSVP: Email

Calendar Farther Down the Road
2013 Keystone Symposia
February deadlines

February 20
8:00 - 9:00am
HOPE Nurses Conference Webinar
HIV Self Management
Starring: Allison Webel, PhD (Case Western Reserve)
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
Webinar: Click this link on 2/20

February 20
Public Report
State of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center
Starring: S. Wright Caughman, MD (CDC)
Location: WHSCAB

February 21
Research Resources 101
Working with the IRB
Starring: Sarah Putney, JD, Director, Emory IRB
    Shara Karlebach, Consultant, Emory IRB
Location: Rm 178P, SOM
or broadcast via Adobe Connect
Information: Website

February 21
CFAR Network Pizza Party
The Search for an HIV/AIDS Cure: A Drug Discovery Perspective
Location: Rm 1000, RSPH/CNR
Starring: Daria Hazuda, PhD
   World Wide Discovery Head,
   Antiviral and Infectious Disease Research
   Merck Research Labs
Advance Registration Required


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Spotlight! | CFAR Does Coursera!

Coursera AIDS Ribbon

"AIDS," one of the first three MOOC (massive open online course) offerings to be sponsored by Emory University, through its partnership with Coursera is going live on February 25.

The free, nine-week class is a survey HIV/AIDS issues and features Kimbi ("Digital Pioneer") Hagen (lead instructor) with a brain-trust worth of guest lectures by: Susan Allen, John Blevins, Rana Chakraborty, Jim Curran, Paula Frew, Marcia Holstad, Eric Hunter, Jeff Lennox, Dennis Liotta, Vince Marconi, Mark Mulligan, Carlos del Rio, Claire Sterk, Patrick Sullivan, and Kate Winskell.

Access the course site
• Read Emory coverage of the phenomena
      Emory joins Coursera (9/22/12)
      Emory's digital pioneers propel online courses (1/23/13)
Look over the course outline


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