Center For AIDS Research

February 10-17, 2014

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The Network News
February 10-17, 2014
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"In no event will coverage be provided to any subscribers, as of March 1, 2014, unless the premiums are paid by the subscriber (or a relative) unless otherwise required by law."
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana spokesman John Maginnis

In clarification of the company's policy to reject 3rd party (i.e. Ryan White program) checks to pay for AIDS drugs and insurance premiums, in a Reuters article that also states that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana has begun notifying some people with HIV that it is dropping them from their Affordable Care Act insurance plans.

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     Igho Ofotokun

... to Igho Ofotokun on being awarded the 2013 HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) Research Award. This award recognizes Igho's outstanding contributions to advancing clinical research in women’s health in the setting of HIV-infection.
Read an article about Igho's work

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Happy Birthday

... to Alexandra Ricca (February 12), Jeremy Gray (February 13), and Greg Melikian & Sam Speck (February 16).

I think that, at their birth, the most useful gift a child could receive would be curiosity.
-Eleanor Roosevelt

First the bad news: Sally Rockey's summary of the NIH Data Book numbers for 2012 vs 2013 research applications, funding, and awards is depressing...

Then the good news: We are VERY happy to report that CFAR investigators have been quite successful in garnering new funding lately:

     Rama Amara

... Rama Amara has just received a new R01 for "Targeting PD-1 Pathways for Functional Cure of AIDS"
Read the Abstract.

Rustom Antia    

... Rustom Antia received a new R01 for "Quantifying the Balance Between Vaccine-induced T Cell Protection and Pathology"
Read the Abstract.

There will be other new awards to report soon as well ... we are just waiting until the NOAs arrive before announcing anything so as not to jinx things!

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In other news, if someone were to ask you: "What do you anticipate will be the most important clinical developments in HIV/AIDS in 2014?," what would you say? HCV treatment breakthroughs? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana's attitude about payments for HIV treatment? As it happens, four thoughtful and very articulate CFAR Directors (Mike Saag from UAB, Mike Cohen from UNC, Doug Richman from UCSD, and our own Carlos del Rio from Emory) were recently asked to weigh in on this very issue....
Watch the 4 minute video

     Frank Wong

The latest Op-Ed piece by Public Voice Fellow Frank Wong is entitled "Blind Eye to Scientific Fraud is Dangerous" and addresses the role that open-access journals can play in disseminating pseudoscience to a public whose low scientific-literacy can leave them ill equipped to parse the solid from the psuedo. His use of vaccines to frame the issue generated the expected amount of controversy (as calculated by the number of comments that later were deleted by not to mention a lively uptick in Frank's email inbox. NOTE: We can't resist including one comment here that was posted on the site by 'Strategic Bob': "Jenny McCarthy ceased being a force for good in the world when she put her clothes back on."
Read the OpEd

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Affiliated Nonscientist Members Wanted: Emory IRB
If you know a nonscientist who is affiliated with Emory, CHOA, VA, CDC, Morehouse, or GA Tech, please consider joining the IRB as a member.
Contact the IRB if interested.
As the IRB website says: "The role of the non-scientist member is so important as a counterweight to the abundance of scientist IRB members that federal rules require a non-scientist member to participate in every convened IRB meeting."

ORISE Fellow Wanted: CDC
The CDC Center for Global Health, Division of Global Health Protection Emergency Response and Recovery Branch is seeking an ORISE fellow for skills related to the statistical design and analysis of scientific studies in support of the CDC's Health Systems Recovery Team.

Senior Director Wanted: Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente has a Senior Director, Center for Health Research, position open in Atlanta. They are looking for someone with experience in NIH grants, translational research, and management experience. If you are interested in learning more about the role, please contact Allison Frost, contract recruiter, at 510-882-8084.

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Funding Opps

March 1 (App)
Sponsor: ACTSI
Clinical Research Career Development Program for Junior Faculty Members

March 7 (App)
Sponsor: NIAID
Pilot Clinical Trials to Eliminate the Latent HIV Reservoir

July 28 (App)
Beyond HAART: Innovative Approaches to Cure HIV-1

July 31 (App)
Sponsor: NIDA
Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse

Standard AIDS Dates (App)
Sponsor: NCI
Research on Malignancies in the Context of HIV/AIDS

Standard AIDS Dates (App)
Sponsor: NIDA, NIAAA
Substance Use and Abuse, Risky Decision Making and HIV/AIDS




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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Czaicki NL, Davitte J, Siangonya B, Kastner R, Ahmed N, Khu NH, Kuo WH, Abdallah J, Wall KM, Tichacek A, Inambao M, Simpungwe K, Thior I, Allen S. Predictors of First Follow-Up HIV Testing for Couples' Voluntary HIV Counseling and Testing in Ndola, Zambia.
J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2013 Dec 8. [Epub ahead of print].

Marconi VC, Wu B, Hampton J, Ordóñez CE, Johnson BA, Singh D, John S, Gordon M, Hare A, Murphy R, Nachega J, Kuritzkes DR, Del Rio C, Sunpath And South Africa Resistance Cohort Study Team Group Authors H. Early warning indicators for first-line virologic failure independent of adherence measures in a South african urban clinic.
AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2013 Dec;27(12):657-68. doi: 10.1089/apc.2013.0263.

Des Jarlais DC, McKnight C, Arasteh K, Feelemyer J, Perlman D, Hagan H, Cooper HL. Use of the "NYC Condom" among People Who Use Drugs..
J Urban Health. 2013 Dec 3. [Epub ahead of print].

Sullivan PS, Wall KM, O'Hara B, Jones J, Barnes J, Diclemente R, Hoff C, Scales L, Salazar LF, Sanchez T, White D, Wingood G, Allen S, Stephenson R. The Prevalence of Undiagnosed HIV Serodiscordance Among Male Couples Presenting for HIV Testing..
Arch Sex Behav. 2013 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print].

Bondada L, Rondla R, Pradere U, Liu P, Li C, Bobeck D, McBrayer T, Tharnish P, Courcambeck J, Halfon P, Whitaker T, Amblard F, Coats SJ, Schinazi RF. Azetidines and spiro azetidines as novel P2 units in hepatitis C virus NS3 protease inhibitors.
Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2013 Dec 1;23(23):6325-30. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2013.09.068. Epub 2013 Sep 30.

Petravic J, Vanderford TH, Silvestri G, Davenport M.Estimating the contribution of the gut to plasma viral load in early SIV infection.
Retrovirology. 2013 Oct 14;10:105. doi: 10.1186/1742-4690-10-105.

Calendar Upcoming Events
February 8-14
Sex (+) Week
Multiple Events
Calendar of Events

February 10
National Black HIV/Awareness Day Event
HIV Testing Information
Location: RSPH/GCR Plaza
Sponsor: RSPH/Epi PRISM Health

February 11
HOPE Webinar
Risk Factors for Virologic Failure
Starring: Vince Marconi
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 2/11

February 12
HOPE Webinar
An Innovative Interprofessional Curriculum: Improving Quality and Safety for Diverse Populations
Starring: Gail B. Gall
   Mass Gen
Focus: Nurses, Medical Students
Purpose: To introduce a free curriculum to improve care for patients with Limited English Proficiency.
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 2/12

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

February 18
11:00 - 12:00
5th Annual Arthur Kellermann Health Policy Lecture
Lessons from the Beginning of the AIDS Epidemic
Starring: James W. Curran, MD, MPH
Location: SOM Bldg, Auditorium 120
Sponsor: SOM/Emergency Medicine

February 20
5:30 - 8:00
CFAR Network Pizza Party
Double Trouble: HIV & Cancer
See Spotlight below

February 22
7:00am - 7:00pm
15th Annual African-American Outreach Initiative
Our Community, Our Responsibility
Location: Loudermilk Center

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

March 31
12:30 - 5:30pm
HCV Workshop:
An Intensive Workshop on Evolving Strategies in Viral Hepatitis Management
More Information / Registration

April 1
22nd Annual IAS-USA Atlanta HIV Course:
Improving the Management of HIV Disease
Location: Cobb Galleria Centre
Co-Chairs: Jeff Lennox and Mike Saag
Register Now


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Spotlight! | 02/20/14 CFAR Network Pizza Party

     Frank Wong

Meeting Host:
AIDS Malignancy Interdisciplinary Research Group

Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

February 20, 2014

Double Trouble:
HIV and Cancer


Edgar Simard Unequal Risk:
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Cancer Among People with HIV/AIDS

Edgar P. Simard, PhD, MPH
Surveillance and Health Services Research Program
American Cancer Society

Anne Spaulding Cancer in a Prisoner Cohort:
Comparison of Subjects With and Without HIV

Anne Spaulding, MD, MPH
Professor (RSPH/BSHE)
Department of Epidemiology, RSPH

Eric Engels What’s Up? What’s Down?
Recent Cancer Trends in HIV-infected People

Eric A. Engels, MD, MPH
Infections & Immunoepidemiology Branch
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Location: RSPH/CNR, Room 1000

5:30 — Pizza and Posters:

6:00 — Sound of ringing triangle causes members to channel their inner sheepdog and help herd other members and their guests to room 1000

8:00 — Adjourn for more networking and a dissection of the evening's trio of talks


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