Center For AIDS Research

August 5-12, 2013

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The Network News
August 5-12, 2013
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“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
-- John Lubboc

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... and a big WAHOOOO!!! to a trio of CFARians who were recently awarded their first NIH funding
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Vince Marconi    
Vince Marconi

Antiretroviral Drug Resistance in Kwazulu Natal
(1 R01 AI098558-01A1)

Colleen Kelley    
Colleen Kelley

Defining the Rectal Mucosa in MSM at Risk of HIV Infection (1 K23 AI108335-01)

Russell Kempker    
Russell Kempker

Intra Cavitary Pharmacokinetics and Drug Resistance in Pulmonary Tuberculosis (1 K23 AI103044-01)

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Happy Birthday

... to Rob Stephenson (August 2), Dan Kalman (August 5), Triplets Kevin Ault, Mark Mulligan, and Claire Sterk (August 6), David Rimland (August 8), Melody Pratt-Palmore (August 10), and Juanita Curran (August 11).

May all your birthday wishes and dreams come true!

     PrEP Pills

The CDC has added basic information on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to its website. The information covers the following questions:
    • What is PrEP? Why take it?
    • Is PrEP a vaccine? How well does it work?
    • Is PrEP safe? How can I start it?
Read More About It

Smoking and Tobacco Use    

Bad news: The U.S. smoking rate (19%) is 2-3 times higher among people with HIV.
Worse news: HIV+ smokers are more likely than HIV+ non-smokers to get cancer, pneumonia (bacterial and PCP), heart disease, COPD, thrush, and oral hairy leukoplakia.
Worst News: It's official... HIV+ smokers derive less benefit from antiretrovirals and have poorer treatment outcomes than non-smokers.
Good News: HIV+ smokers can get healthier if they quit.
Read more about it at

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Part Time Employee Sought: Research Interviewer
This position is with a grant to investigate health disparities among patients living with HIV/AIDS. This position requires travel between recruitment sties (i.e. reliable transportation is necessary).
More Information: Emory Job ID #37315BR

Nominations Wanted: White House Champion of Change for Public Health and Prevention
This September, the White House will host a “Champions of Change” event to celebrate local change-agents, whose leadership is improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities. Do YOU know someone who addresses health concerns that disproportionately affect certain populations, improves public health’s capacity to detect and control disease and other threats, or increases the uptake of important preventive services? We bet you do...
Read More About It
Make Your Nomination
Deadline: Midnight, Friday, August 9.

Conference Roommate Wanted: AIDS Vaccine 2013
Got an abstract accepted for Barcelona? Want to save some money by sharing accomodations? Let us know and we'll share a list, as that list gets compiled, of people looking to go halvsies on the cost of a hotel room.
Email CFAR

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Funding Opps

See SPOTLIGHT section.



NEW: September 30 (App)
Sponsor: CDC
ORISE Fellowships
Post-doc Research Fellowships for HIV Prevention in Communities of Color.
Applicants must have completed their MD or PhD no earlier than 12/31/08 and no later than 12/31/13. Applicants with research experience in African American / Hispanic / American Indian / Alaska Native / Pacific Islander communities are preferred.

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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Brown CH, Mohr DC, Gallo CG, Mader C, Palinkas L, Wingood G, Prado G, Kellam SG, Pantin H, Poduska J, Gibbons R, McManus J, Ogihara M, Valente T, Wulczyn F, Czaja S, Sutcliffe G, Villamar J, Jacobs C. A computational future for preventing HIV in minority communities: how advanced technology can improve implementation of effective programs.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 Jun 1;63 Suppl 1:S72-84. Review.

Johnson BA, Ribaudo H, Gulick RM, Eron JJ Jr. Modeling clinical endpoints as a function of time of switch to second-line ART with incomplete data on switching times.
Biometrics. 2013 Jul 17. [Epub ahead of print].

Rosenberg, Eli S; Rothenberg, Richard B; Kleinbaum, David G; Stephenson, Rob B; Sullivan, Patrick S. The implications of respondent concurrency on sex partner risk in a national, web-based study of men who have sex with men in the United States.
Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 2013 Aug 1; 63 (4) 514-21.

Wall KM, Vwalika B, Haddad L, Khu NH, Vwalika C, Kilembe W, Chomba E, Stephenson R, Kleinbaum D, Nizam A, Brill I, Tichacek A, Allen S. Impact of long-term contraceptive promotion on incident pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial among HIV-positive couples in Lusaka, Zambia.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 May 1;63(1):86-95.

Winskell K, Brown PJ, Patterson AE, Burkot C, Mbakwem BC. Making Sense of HIV in Southeastern Nigeria: Fictional Narratives, Cultural Meanings, and Methodologies in Medical Anthropology.
Med Anthropol Q. 2013 Jun 26. [Epub ahead of print].

Calendar Upcoming Events
August 12
1st Day of School
Fulton and DeKalb Counties

August 19
1st Day of School
Emory Law School

August 28
1st Day of School
Emory College
SOM, RSPH, SON, B-School

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

August 22
SBSRN: Early Registration Deadline
Information: Registration Website

August 23
NHP Models for AIDS: Abstract Deadline
Information: Submit an Abstract

October 23-24
SBSRN Conference
7th National Scientific Meeting
Sponsor: DC CFAR
Venue: George Washington University
Information: Conference Website

November 3-6
31st Annal Symposium
Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS
Host: Yerkes (Drs. Amara and Zola, Scientific Chairs)
Venue: JW Marriott Buckhead
Information: Conference Website


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Spotlight! | CFAR Funding Opportunities

   Grant Joke

The CFAR Developmental Core provides funding through multiple mechanisms.

The CFAR03 program, modeled on the NIH R03 mechanism, is intended to fund projects that can be accomplished in a short period of time (1 year) for limited resources ($40K).

The following CFAR03 RFAs have recently been released for the Year 15 CFAR fiscal year (8/1/13-7/31/14).

IRG / SWG CFAR03:   View   |   Download
Intended to support projects relevant to the HIV and Aging Interdisciplinary Research Group, the HIV Reservoirs and Eradication Scientific Working Group, or the NeuroAIDS Scientific Working Group
Next Deadline: May 1, 2014

Nursing CFAR03:   View   |   Download
Intended to support projects of interest to NIH/NINR
Next Deadline: November 1, 2013

Pediatric / Adolescent CFAR03:   View   |   Download
Intended to expand research in issues relevant to children and adolescents with or at risk for HIV/AIDS
Next Deadline: November 1, 2013

Winship Cancer Institute CFAR03:   View   |   Download
Intended to support projects of interest to NIH/NCI
Next Deadline: November 1, 2013

Investigator-initiated CFAR03:   View   |   Download
Intended to support projects that do not fit the objectives of the targeted RFAs described above.
Next Deadline: November 1, 2013

The Micro Grants mechanism is intended to provide small ($2K cap) but crucial resources that cannot easily or immediately be obtained through other funding mechanisms. Applications have a rolling deadline.

Micro Grants PA:   View   |   Download

The Science Poster program provides training in the design of scientific posters that will attract attention, be easy to read, efficiently summarize the research, and stimulate interest in the poster’s content. Graduates of the poster design tutorial are eligible to receive subsidized printing as a graduation gift. The program also provides a limited amount of funding for the printing of posters that will assist early career HIV/AIDS investigators in disseminating the results of their unfunded or CFAR-funded HIV research.

Poster Printing PA:   View   |   Download


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