Center For AIDS Research

July 8-15, 2013

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The Network News
July 8-15, 2013
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All I can say is, 'It's about time.'
-- Carlos del Rio
in an article on the new guidelines making HIV testing part of routine practice
see also article about Anne Spaulding below

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Rebecca Fielding-Miller


... to Rebecca Fielding-Miller for having been awarded a Fulbright for her dissertation research Transactional Sex and Symbolic Capital in Swaziland.
Which we super-double-plus swear is a groundbreaking HIV related topic – and would be great for the biomedically inclined to know about.
Read more about Becca

     Aaron Vissman

... to Aaron Vissman for the perfect score on his first ever submission to NIH. Happily, this is a fundable outcome even in today's economic climate. Aaron received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from NIMH to do two years of dissertation research (HIV treatment delays among immigrant Latinos: Testing a model of social influence and trust) under the supervision of Frank Wong and Ralph DiClemente.
Read Aaron's dissertation abstract

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Happy Birthday

... to Mary Jo Lechowicz (July 9), Ned Waller (July 12), Colleen Kelley (July 13), Jens Wrammert (July 14).

Elanor Roosevelt once said: "I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity." Congratulations!! It is clear that all of you have fairy godmothers who were bang up to the mark.

NIDA has cancelled the December 11, 2013 application due date for PAR-12-222: Cohort Studies of HIV/AIDS and Substance Use (U01). The next deadline is April 9, 2014.
Read the Notice

     Sally Rockey

Sally Rockey Rolls to the Rescue... Secretly confused about what impact scores, percentile ranks, paylines, and success rates are or how they are calculated? No need to feel like an n of 1. Instead, read the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research's REALLY good job of explaining How Things Work.
Click the links below and achieve enlightenment:
    • Impact Scores, Paylines, Percentiles and Success Rates
    • A Worked Out Example of Percentiling

Sally Rockey    

The CDC has just rolled out a new quarterly e-newletter. ACT Against AIDS News. Volume 1 (June 2013) is designed to keep readers up to date with Act Against AIDS activities and help identify opportunities to incorporate the initiative's campaigns, messages, and materials into your HIV education programs.

     Anne Spaulding

Anne Spaulding has an article in the June 21 MMWR -- Routine HIV Screening During Intake Medical Evaluation at a County Jail — Fulton County, Georgia, 2011–2012. Before the project syphilis was the only STI routinely screened for during intake and opt-in testing for HIV required drawing an additional tube of blood for testing at an outside lab with results available in 2 weeks. Anne's project, using rapid testing, tested 12,141 people, finding 52 previously undiagnosed cases of HIV.
Read the article

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On Offer: Training in HIV Prevention Counseling
The CFAR Prevention Science Core is offering Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling Training (FHPC) August 11-13, 2013 from 9am to 3pm each day at RSPH. Training graduates can put their skills to work through several studies at RSPH and local CBOs. The total fee for this 3-day training is $100 per person, to be paid via check. Some subsidies are available for students and CBO and government employees. Space is very limited. CFAR will also offer FHPC training in December, 2013.
Sign Up Here

Position sought: Sowmya Vasudevan, MS.
Sowmya is an IT professional looking for a good opportunity to promote the cause of public health. She has worked for more than 10 years designing and developing various database/web applications for different clinical studies and public health projects and has developed important registries supporting cardiology and heart-failure studies.
Read Sowmya's Resume

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Funding Opps

NEW: October 13 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIAID
Innovative Assays to Quantify the Latent HIV Reservoir


July 30 (LOI)
Sponsor: NICHD
Safety and Effectiveness of Triple Antiretroviral Drug Strategies for Prevention of Mother to Child HIV Transmission


August 3 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIMH, NIAID
Methodologies and Formative Work for Combination HIV Prevention Approaches


Standard Dates
Research to Characterize and Reduce Stigma to Improve Health




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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant (P30 AI050409)

Luo XF, Duan S, Duan QX, Pu YC, Yang YC, Wong FY, He N. Prevalence and correlates of alcohol use and subsequent sexual activity among adult males in a rural community of ethnic minorities in Yunnan Province, China.
Biosci Trends. 2012 Dec;6(6):288-95.

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 May 1;63(1):42-50.

Pool A, Lowder L, Wu Y, Forrester K, Rumbaugh J. Neurovirulence of Cryptococcus neoformans determined by time course of capsule accumulation and total volume of capsule in the brain.
J Neurovirol. 2013 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Pool A, Lowder L, Wu Y, Forrester K, Rumbaugh J. Neurovirulence of Cryptococcus neoformans determined by time course of capsule accumulation and total volume of capsule in the brain.
J Neurovirol. 2013 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print]

Calendar Upcoming Events
July 9
HOPE Webinar
1) Lessons from the Baby Cure and Other Recent Developments
Starring: Dr. Rajesh Gandhi and Dr. Brian Zanoni
   Mass. General Hospital

2) Initial Thoughts on the New WHO Interim Guidelines Regarding Treatment of MDR-TB with Bedaquiline
Starring: Dr. Rocio Hurtadoi
   Mass. General Hospital

Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
Information: Webinar Website
To Attend: Click this link on 7/9/13

Calendar Farther Down the Road
2013 Keystone Symposia
Drug Discovery
Infectious Diseases
Structural Biology

October 7-10
AIDS Vaccine 2013
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Key Deadlines

October 23 - 24
SBSRN Conference
Social, Behavioral, and Policy Perspectives on HIV/AIDS: The District of Columbia and Beyond
Sponsor: DC D-CFAR
Location: Washington, DC
Information: Not Yet Available


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Spotlight! | CFAR JAIDS Supplement

   JAIDS Supplement Cover

On June 1 JAIDS published a Supplement (Vol 63) that is chock full of articles by members of our talented team.

This free, downloadable, issue is DEFINITELY worth a look. Below are links to a mere smattering of the good stuff. Click HERE to see full table of contents.

Blank, Michael B; Metzger, David S; Wingood, Gina M; DiClemente, Ralph J. The Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Network: Translational Research to Reduce Disparities in HIV

Curran, James W; Hoxie, James A. Translating Social and Behavioral Science Research to the AIDS Epidemic: A Center for AIDS Research Perspective

DiClemente, Ralph J; Bradley, Erin; Davis, Teaniese L; Brown, Jennifer L; Ukuku, Mary; Sales, Jessica M; Rose, Eve S; Wingood, Gina M. Adoption and Implementation of a Computer-Delivered HIV/STD Risk-Reduction Intervention for African American Adolescent Females Seeking Services at County Health Departments: Implementation Optimization Is Urgently Needed

DiClemente, Ralph J; Brown, Jennifer L; Sales, Jessica M; Rose, Eve S. Rate of Decay in Proportion of Condom-Protected Sex Acts Among Adolescents After Participation in an HIV Risk-Reduction Intervention

Sullivan, Patrick S; Grey, Jeremy A; Simon-Rosser, Brian R. Emerging Technologies for HIV Prevention for MSM: What We have Learned, and Ways Forward

Wingood, Gina M; DiClemente, Ralph J; Robinson-Simpson, LaShun; Lang, Delia; Caliendo, Angela; Hardin, James W. Efficacy of an HIV Intervention in Reducing High-Risk Human Papillomavirus, Nonviral Sexually Transmitted Infections, and Concurrency Among African American Women: A Randomized-Controlled Trial

Wingood, Gina M; Dunkle, Kristin; Camp, Christina; Patel, Shilpa; Painter, Julia E; Rubtsova, Anna; DiClemente, Ralph J. Racial Differences and Correlates of Potential Adoption of Preexposure Prophylaxis: Results of a National Survey

Wingood, Gina M; Reddy, Priscilla; Lang, Delia L; Saleh-Onoya, Dorina; Braxton, Nikia; Sifunda, Sibusiso; DiClemente, Ralph J. Efficacy of SISTA South Africa on Sexual Behavior and Relationship Control Among Xhosa Women in South Africa: Results of a Randomized-Controlled Trial

Wingood, Gina M; Rubtsova, Anna; DiClemente, Ralph J; Metzger, David; Blank, Michael. A New Paradigm for Optimizing HIV Intervention Synergy: The Role of Interdependence in Integrating HIV Prevention Interventions


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