Center For AIDS Research

March 24-31, 2014

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The Network News
March 24-31, 2014
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Investigator: I have a study and I need to know how many patients I need. I think I only need three.
Biostatistician: OK, what kind of study is this?
Investigator: I'm doing a lab study. Can I just use three patients?
Biostatistician: Three patients per group or in total?
Investigator: Yes.

The scientist's grant application is due tomorrow and all he wants is confirmation that three patients will be a sufficient sample. Why is that so hard to understand? Watch this hysterical, short (3:32) cartoon video entitled "Biologist talks to a Statistician" and call the CFAR Biostats Core earlier next time. ☺

-- Link provided by Sarah Holte, Biostatistician (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center) and member of the CFAR External Scientific Advisory Committee (ESAC).

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    Dennis Liotta Stuart Zola

... to CFAR's Dennis Liotta and Stuart Zola, both of whom were honored at Emory's 8th annual Celebration of Technology and Innovation.

Dennis was awarded "Deal of 2013" for QUE Oncology (sharing the award with CFAR's Mary Galinski, plus Jim Snyder from chemistry, and Hyunsuk Shim from radiology).
Stuart scored "Start-up of 2013" for Neurotrak (along with Cecelia Manzanares from Yerkes and Eugene Agichtein & Dmitry Lagun from math & computer science).

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Happy Birthday

... to Vince Marconi (March 25), JoAnn White (March 26), Keith Klugman (March 27), and Maureen Mittler (March 29)

On behalf of all of the people your work has helped, is helping, and will help in the future, we have one thing to say ...

     Anne Spaulding

... Rama Amara just received new U19 funding from NAID for CD40L Adjuvanted Clade C DNA and MVA HIV Vaccines (1U19AI109633-01)! Within the project, Rama will be running the admin core (7465) and investigating preclinical studies and T-cell responses (7463), Cindy Derdeyn will be looking at humoral immunity (7464) and Vijay Velu will be in charge of the Macaque core (7466)

Jim Wilson / New York Times

... Atlanta's #1! BOO!!!   As reported in the New York Times
(March 12), "A street prostitute in Dallas may make as little as $5 per sex act. But pimps can take in $33,000 a week in Atlanta, where the sex business brings in an estimated $290 million per year." Of the eight cities studies, Atlanta generates more money in the sex trade than Miami, Seattle, DC, Dallas, San Diego, Denver, and Kansas City.
If you are interested in exploring collaborative research ideas for HIV prevention in the sex trade, contact CFAR.

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Clinical Research Coordinator Position Wanted: Infectious Disease.
Michael Massey, a clinical research coordinator in interventional cardiology (Emory Hospital Midtown), is seeking a similar position in infectious diseases. His most recent abstract examined the clinical and procedural characteristics of HIV-infected patients presenting with Acute Coronary Syndrome. He is trained in investigational protocols, Good Clinical Practices, informed consent procedures, HIPPA compliance, and has CITI certification and BLS training.
Read Michael's full CV

Now Possible: 200 Character NIH Study Titles
The NIH eRA system is now able to accept application titles up to 200 characters instead of automatically truncating them to the first 81 characters. NOTE: Not all eRA screens and reports will reflect the expanded project title capacity right away but they will appear over time. ALSO NOTE: Revision applications must use the exact project title displayed in eRA Commons for the original awarded application. That means that if the project title of the original grant (Year 01) was truncated to 81 characters, then only those 81 characters can be used for the Revision application.
See other new features at eRA

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Funding Opps


Sponsor: NIDA
Prevention and Treatment of Substance Using Populations with or at Risk for HCV

Innovative Technologies and Assays in Support of HIV Cure Research (ITAS-Cure)




See March 17 issue


See March 17 issue

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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Berg CJ, Nehl EJ, Wang X, Ding Y, He N, Johnson BA, Wong FY. Healthcare provider intervention on smoking and quit attempts among HIV-positive versus HIV-negative MSM smokers in Chengdu, China.
AIDS Care. 2014 Mar 7. [Epub ahead of print].

Chahroudi A, Cartwright E, Lee ST, Mavigner M, Carnathan DG, Lawson B, Carnathan PM, Hashempoor T, Murphy MK, Meeker T, Ehnert S, Souder C, Else JG, Cohen J, Collman RG, Vanderford TH, Permar SR, Derdeyn CA, Villinger F, Silvestri G. Target Cell Availability, Rather than Breast Milk Factors, Dictates Mother-to-Infant Transmission of SIV in Sooty Mangabeys and Rhesus Macaques.
PLoS Pathog. 2014 Mar 6;10(3):e1003958. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003958. eCollection 2014.

Fritz-French C, Shawahna R, Ward JE, Maroun LE, Tyor WRS. The Recombinant Vaccinia Virus Gene Product, B18R, Neutralizes Interferon Alpha and Alleviates Histopathological Complications in an HIV Encephalitis Mouse Model.
J Interferon Cytokine Res. 2014 Feb 24. [Epub ahead of print].

Sharma A, Stephenson RB, White D, Sullivan PS. Acceptability and intended usage preferences for six HIV testing options among internet-using men who have sex with men.
Springerplus. 2014 Feb 24;3:109. doi: 10.1186/2193-1801-3-109. eCollection 2014.

Sheth AN1, Evans-Strickfaden T, Haaland R, Martin A, Gatcliffe C, Adesoye A, Omondi MW, Lupo LD, Danavall D, Easley K, Chen CY, Pau CP, Hart C, Ofotokun I. HIV-1 genital shedding is suppressed in the setting of high genital antiretroviral drug concentrations throughout the menstrual cycle.
J Infect Dis. 2014 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print].

Takahashi Y, Byrareddy SN, Albrecht C, Brameier M, Walter L, Mayne AE, Dunbar P, Russo R, Little DM, Villinger T, Khowawisetsut L, Pattanapanyasat K, Villinger F, Ansari AA. In Vivo Administration of a JAK3 Inhibitor during Acute SIV Infection Leads to Significant Increases in Viral Load during Chronic Infection.
PLoS Pathog. 2014 Mar 6;10(3):e1003929. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003929. eCollection 2014.

White D, Rosenberg ES, Cooper HL, Del Rio C, Sanchez TH, Salazar LF, Sullivan PS. Racial differences in the validity of self-reported drug use among men who have sex with men in Atlanta, GA.
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Feb 26. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2014.02.025. [Epub ahead of print].

Calendar Upcoming Events
March 25
HOPE Webinar
2014 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) Update
Starring: Raj Gandhi, MD and Brian Zanoni, MD MPH
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 3/25

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 25
IMP Seminar Series
The Layered Immune System: a Functionally Distinct B-cell Population that Develops Independently of Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Starring: Eliver Ghosn, PhD (Stanford)
Location: Whitehead Auditorium

March 26
4:00 - 5:00pm
Life of the Mind Discussion
Can We End the HIV/AIDS Epidemic?
Starring: Carlos del Rio & Wendy Armstrong
Location: Jones Room (Woodruff Library)
Sponsor: Office of the Provost

March 27
ID Seminar
Etiology of Community-Acquired Pneumonia In Patients Requiring Hospitalization: Preliminary Data from the Etiology of Pneumonia in the Community (EPIC) Study
Starring: Seema Jain, MD (CDC)
Location: RSPH/CNR/Klamon Room (the room with a view)

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 27-28
Current Challenges in HIV Co-infection with TB and Other Pathogens
Location: Boston
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
More Information

March 27-29
Whose Beloved Community: Black Civil and LGBT Rights
Location: Emory Conference Center Hotel
More Information

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

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

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
Vaccine Dinner Club:
Putting it All Together: A Systems Biology Approach to Understanding the Human Immune Response to an AIDS Vaccine
Starring: Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, PhD
Advance Registration Required

April 2-3
NIH Workshop:
Innovative Study Designs and Methods for Developing, Testing and Implementing Behavioral Interventions to Improve Health
Location: Bethesda, MD
Draft Agenda

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! | CFAR03 Mechanism

Got Money???

Attention faculty ... If you do not yet have a history of NIH R01-level funding in HIV/AIDS you qualify to apply for seed grant funding through the CFAR Developmental Core CFAR03 mechanism (modeled on the NIH R03 mechanism).

Funding is for 1 year, $40K.

The next LOI deadline is April 1.

If you are interested in hearing more about research funding through the CFAR call Kimbi Hagen at 404-727-8855

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