Center For AIDS Research

October 14-21, 2013

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October 14-21, 2013
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1,400: Number of NIH clinical trials normally being run
  200: Number of new participants typically enrolled per week in NIH clinical trials
      8: Total number new participants enrolled between 10/1-8/13, during government. shutdown
      0: Number of participants allowed to be screened for Kevin Ault's HPV study at Emory.
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Lisa Flowers    

... to Lisa Flowers on being elected as Co-Chair of the National Women's Interagency Health Study (WIHS) Cancer Working Group.

     Neale Weitzmann

... to Neale Wetizmann on being elected as Chair of the National WIHS Metabolic/Cardiovascular Working Group.

Andi Shane    

... to Andi Shane (Dept. of Pediatrics) on being named a Marcus Professor in hospital epidemiology and infection control.

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Happy Birthday

... to Drenna Waldrop-Valverde (October 18), Guido Silvestri (October 20), and Anthony McWilliams (October 21).

Inside every adult is a kid wondering what the hell happened.
Here's looking at you kid -- Happy Birthday!

     Atlanta WIHS

Peachy Keen.... The Atlanta WIHS site is now open for business and has already recruited four participants in their first week!!

Next stop -- the formation of a CFAR/WIHS Interdisciplinary Research Group on Women and HIV.
Want to join the Women and HIV IRG? Email Kimbi Hagen

Ameeta Kalokhe    

Red Letter Day... Minutes before the government shut down we learned that Ameeta Kalokhe had received her first NIH funding. Not only that, she received funding notices for not one but TWO separate projects.

The first is from the NIH CFAR for a project entitled Intimate Partner Violence and Heightened HIV Susceptibility: Does Stress-associated Immune Dysfunction Play a Role? (Read the abstract).

The second is a K01 for Primary Prevention of Intimate Partner Violence in India (1 K01TW009664-01).

     Stuart Zola

Monkey Business ... Stuart Zola has just received new funding (1C06OD018248-01) that will be used to convert the existing Great Ape Wing at Yerkes to innovative housing for up to 112 monkeys participating in AIDS vaccine studies.

The reconfigured space will include 7 monkey suites, 2 treatment/procedure rooms and easy access to 14 adjacent outdoor runs that the animals can use during times of low frequency sampling.

This will not only help alleviate a space bottleneck that is hindering our ability to conduct NHP vaccine research it will also provide improved enrichment activites for study subjects!!

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Biobehavioral Research Fellow Wanted: Brown University
The Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium has recived T32 funding to support Fellows training in Adolescent/Young Adult Biobehavioral HIV. Fellowships are for two years and include didactic work, participation in ongoing funded projects, and independent research.
Read the Flyer

Study Subjects Wanted: Phase I Trial for HIV Vaccine
HIV negative study subjects (ages 18-50) sought. The trial will evaluate a vaccine developed to prevent HIV/AIDS and stimulate the body’s immune system. The vaccine does not contain HIV, and participants will receive $75 per study visit. We are trying to get this study enrolled by 10/28/13.
Read the Flyer
• Contact Theron Stuart at the Hope Clinic: 404-712-9756

Postdoc Fellow Wanted: WHBS
Travis Sanchez (Dept of Epidemiology) is seeking to hire a post-doc for the Web-based HIV Behavioral Surveillance (WHBS) project; a large-scale cross-sectional online behavioral survey of men who have sex with men. Specific experience with HIV epidemiology and analysis of HIV research data would help, but is not required.

Public Health Program Assoc. Wanted: WHBS
Travis Sanchez (Dept of Epidemiology) is also seeking to hire an MPH or MS in Public Health for the Web-based HIV Behavioral Surveillance (WHBS) project; a large-scale cross-sectional online behavioral survey of men who have sex with men. A competitive applicant will be knowledgeable about applied epidemiology and statistical analysis of survey data. Practical experience in employing modeling techniques is preferred.

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Funding Opps

October 25 (App)
Sponsors: Emory and Children's Healthcare
Pediatric Rsch
2014 Seed Grant Program

October 31 (Pre-Proposal)
Sponsor: Doris Duke Foundation
Clinical Scientist Development Award
2014 Competition

November 1 (App)
Sponsor: CFAR

November 6 (App)
Sponsor: NIDA
FY14 NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS Research

November 12 (App)
Sponsor: Gates Foundation
Grand Challenge
Round 12

November 1 (LOI)
November 15 (App)
Sponsors: Emory, Ga Tech, GSU, ACTSI
Multi-Investigator Awards
Seed Grants in Health Care Innovation

January 7 (App)
Sustained Release of Antivirals for Treatment or Prevention of HIV (SRATP)



November 18 (App)
Sponsor: Emory
Multidisciplinary Team Project
Emory Global Health Institute 2014 Multidisciplinary Team Opportunities

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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Beres LK, Winskell K, Neri EM, Mbakwem B, Obyerodhyambo O. Making sense of HIV testing: Social representations in young Africans' HIV-related narratives from six countries.
Glob Public Health. 2013 Sep 5

Bondada L, Detorio M, Bassit L, Tao S, Montero CM, Singletary TM, Zhang H, Zhou L, Cho JH, Coats SJ, Schinazi RF. Adenosine Dioxolane Nucleoside Phosphoramidates as Antiviral Agents for Human Immunodeficiency and Hepatitis B Viruses.
ACS Med Chem Lett. 2013 Aug 8;4(8):747-751.

Demoss M, Bonney L, Grant J, Klein R, Del Rio C, Barker JC. Perspectives of middle-aged African-American women in the Deep South on antiretroviral therapy adherence.
AIDS Care. 2013 Oct 8. [Epub ahead of print].

Hussen SA, Stephenson R, Del Rio C, Wilton L, Wallace J, Wheeler D; HPTN 061 Protocol Team. HIV Testing Patterns among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Qualitative Typology.
PLoS One. 2013 Sep 19;8(9):e75382.

Sullivan PS, White D, Rosenberg ES, Barnes J, Jones J, Dasgupta S, O'Hara B, Scales L, Salazar LF, Wingood G, Diclemente R, Wall KM, Hoff C, Grazter B, Allen S, Stephenson R. Safety and Acceptability of Couples HIV Testing and Counseling for US Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Randomized Prevention Study.
J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2013 Aug 30.

Calendar Upcoming Events

October 15
Noon - 1:00pm
HIV Prevention Journal Club
Host: Sophia Hussen
Location: CNR 1055
Paper Under Discussion: Can Money Prevent the Spread of HIV? A Review of Cash Payments for HIV Prevention

October 17
ID Seminar
HIV Immune Dysregulation: A Crossroad of Skeletal and Cardiovascular Assault
Starring: Igho Ofotokun (Emory)
Location: RSPH/GCR/Rita Anne Rollins Rm

October 17
CFAR Network Pizza Party
Dinner & a Movie Night
More Information

Calendar Farther Down the Road
2013-2014 Keystone Symposia
Drug Discovery
Infectious Diseases
Structural Biology

October 22
HOPE Webinar
HIV and Nutrition
Starring: Jamie Garry
   Mass Gen
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 10/22

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

October 25
12:00 - 1:00pm
Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Lecturship
Harnessing the antiviral activity of HIV restriction factors
Starring: Mario Stevenson (Miami CFAR)
Location: Health Sciences Research Building Auditorium

October 29
2:00 - 3:00pm
Management of HCV and HBV in Egyptian children and high risk population groups
Starring: Manal El-Sayed, MD
    Ain Shams University, Cairo
Location: Health Sciences Research Building Auditorium
Host: Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology

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

November 20
Towards an AIDS-free Generation: Increasing HIV Treatment
Starring: Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH
   Principal Investigator, HPTN
Focus: Everyone
Sponsor: HPTN; Black AIDS Institute
Webinar Flyer
Click Here to Register (Free)

January 30-31, 2014
CN Workshop: Conference
Inflammation and chronic Hepatitis/HIV infections: Who is the driver?
Location: Milan, Italy
Abstract Deadline:
December 10, 2013
Submit an Abstract

March 3-6, 2014
CROI 2014: Conference
Location: Boston, MA
Important Deadlines


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Spotlight! | CFAR Network Pizza Party: October 17 is Dinner and a Movie Night

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The continued government shutdown means that Dr. Eric Engels from NCI will not be able to join us for the October meeting of the CFAR Network Pizza Party. That meeting, to be hosted by the AIDS Malignancy IRG, will be rescheduled.

Not to fear though! The HIV Eradication Scientific Working Group has stepped forward with an offer to host the meeting and will be premiering a 40 minute movie on the history of AIDS research.

By terms of the organization that made and will shortly be screening that movie commercially, we are not allowed to say much about it in print but we can say this:
• The movie is a documentary
• The movie is about the history of an early non-NIH-funded AIDS research organization
• The movie does a bang-up job of showing what early HIV research was up against
• The movie will be screened commercially in December so see it here first, for free

May we Count You In for Dinner and a Movie?
Register Here


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