Center For AIDS Research

March 10-17, 2014

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March 10-17, 2014
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Happy Birthday

... to No One (March 10-17)?

It seems incredible that with 186 birthdays and counting on file for CFARians, none of us were born in early mid March, but there you have it.

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Thanks to Jeff Lennox, Igho Ofotokun, and their ACTG study staff, life just got a Lotta Bit Brighter for people with HIV who suffer from depression, aggressive behavior, excessive cheerfulness and activity, paranoia, or sucidal ideation as well as for people with chronic HBV, HCV, or other liver problems, plus women who are breastfeeding or contemplating pregnancy. Which, collectively, covers a LOT of people with HIV when you stop to think about it. What's the good news? While all of these conditions are contraindications for using the antiretroviral efavirenz (Sustiva), as reported at CROI last week ACTG A5257 -- a large 96 week, 1,800 patient study conceived, designed and lead by Jeff and Igho -- has found that all three of the non-efavirenz regimens studied are capable of achieving high and equivalent levels of efficacy, as measured by time to virologic failure. Yowzer!!
Read a WSJ article about the study findings

Credit: Joeff Davis / Creative Loafing     

... Did you miss the showing of the extremely excellent documentary "Stuck in the Bluff" when it aired on WABE? The one that sites the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition's work with IV drug users inside the larger context of Georgia's anti-paraphernalia laws, IV drug abuse, HIV, and social stigma in Atlanta? Not to worry!
The show is archived here

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... The primary paper for the involve[MEN]t study (Patrick Sullivan, PI) has been published. This study is seeking to tease out why young African American MSM have an HIV infection rate 9 times higher than that of young White MSM men, even though White MSM have more individual risk behaviors.
Read the paper

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Postdoctoral Traineeship Available: UCSF
Positions as Postdoctoral Scholars in drug abuse treatment and services research are anticipated pending the award of funds beginning Summer 2014 at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Psychiatry. Traineeships are usually for two years, with a possible third year. Stipends are funded by NIH/NIDA.
Read the posting

Postdoctoral Fellowship Available: TMHRI (Houston)
The Immunobiolgy and Transplant Research Program within the Systems Medicine and Bioengineering Department at THMRI studies basic immunologic mechanisms and how they pertain to transplant rejection and tolerance. The newly established Roger Sciammas lab is looking for postdocs with an interest in how the gene functions in B cells control antibody responses.
Read the posting

Part-time Research Nurse Position Available: Living Well Study (Emory)
Marcia Holstad is seeking a 20 hr/week research nurse to help test whether the provision of a combination of palliative care clinic visits and Motivational Interviewing sessions can help people who have been newly diagnosed with AIDS achieve better clinical and psychosocial outcomes and promote retention in HIV care. The successful candidate will be organized, good at communicating with and listening to participants, and willing and able to learn Motivational Interviewing skills. No clinical work is involved, but an RN is required. Research experience is desired, but not required.
• Contact Amy Lovvorn by email or phone (404-727-8323) for more information
• Read the offical Emory job posting (43046BR)

Project Director or Research Analyst Position Wanted: Social Determinants of Health
Laura Welder, a DrPH candidate in Community Health Sciences at SUNY-Downstate, is relocating to Atlanta in May and seeking work with a project in the social determinants of health. Her own research focuses on parentification, or adult-child role reversal, related to maternal HIV among a cohort of adult children living in New York City. She has also worked with people who experience disenfranchisement from the health care system due to difficult life circumstances and a lack in cultural and/or historical understanding on the part of providers and institutions.
Read Ms. Welder's CV

Summer Internship Wanted: HIV Prevention
Jillian Kowalchuk, a 2015 MSc London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine public health candidate, has worked locally and globally in education, sexual health and HIV/AIDS. She is seeking a summer internship to further her research experience on effective behavioral interventions in HIV/AIDS prevention, through targeted and mass media mediums.
Read Ms. Kowalchuk's CV

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Funding Opps






Sponsor: NIMH, NIAID
Strengthening Adherence to Antiretroviral-Based HIV Treatment and Prevention

Sponsor: NIMH, NIAID
Targeted Basic Behavioral and Social Science and Intervention Development for HIV Prevention and Care

Sponsor: NIMH, NIAID
Improving Delivery of HIV Prevention and Treatment through Implementation Science and Translational Research

Sponsor: NIMH, NIAID
Accelerating Improvements in the HIV Care Continuum

Sponsor: NIMH, NIAID
Advancing Structural Level Interventions Through Enhanced Understanding of Social Determinants in HIV Prevention and Care


March 25 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIAID
R21 / R33
Targeting Persistent HIV Reservoirs (TaPHIR)

July 15 (App)
Sponsor: NIAID
Integrated Preclinical/Clinical AIDS Vaccine Development Program (IPCAVD)

September 30 (Closing Date)
Sponsor: DoD
Cooperative Agreement
Military Specific HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, and Treatment Program for non-PEPFAR Funded Countries

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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Patrick Sullivan, John Peterson, Eli Rosenberg, Colleen Kelley, Hannah Cooper, Adam Vaughan, Laura Salazar, Paula Frew, Gina Wingood, Ralph DiClemente, Carlos del Rio, Mark Mulligan, Travis H. Sanchez. Understanding Racial HIV/STI Disparities in Black and White Men Who Have Sex with Men: A Multilevel Approach..
PLOS One. Published March 7, 2014. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090514.

Calendar Upcoming Events
March 10
MMG/EVC Joint Seminar
Allergic Inflammation and Natural Helper Cells, a Member of ILC2s
Starring: Shigeo Koyasu, DSc
      Director, RIKEN Center
      Yokohama, Japan
Location: Whitehead Auditorium

March 11
HOPE Webinar
HIV and The Skin: Lessons from South Africa
Starring: Anisa Mosam, MD
   University of KwaZulu-Natal
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 3/11

March 18
2014 CFAR Science Symposium
HIV: It's Complicated
See "Spotlight" below

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

March 21
Abstract Submission Deadline
7th Annual Postdoc Research Symposium
More Information
Sample Abstract

March 24
6:00 - 8:00pm
MSM Advisory Group Meeting
Location: Evolution Project (583 Juniper St)
Sponsor: Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Planning Group

March 25
12:30 - 2:00pm
Transgender Community Advisory Group Meeting
Location: Phillips Rush Center (1530 DeKalb Ave, Ste A)
Sponsor: Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Planning Group

March 27
6:00 - 8:00pm
African American Community Advisory Group Meeting
Location: Greater Piney Grove Baptist (1879 Glenwood Ave SE)
Sponsor: Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Planning Group

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

April 2-5
16th ICID:
International Congress on Infectious Disease
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
President: Keith Klugman
Scientific Sessions
Registration Information

April 3
9:00am - 1:00pm
Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Planning Group
Location: Loudermilk Center (40 Courtland St NE)

April 23-26
35th Annual Meeting: Society of Behavioral Medicine
Location: Philadelphia
Registration (Early bird deadine: March 25)


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Spotlight! | 2014 CFAR Science Symposium

Click Here for Full Agenda

March 18, 2014
8th Floor, Claudia Nance Rollins Building

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