Center For AIDS Research

March 31 - April 7, 2014

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The Network News
March 31 - April 7, 2014
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It would be great to be able to figure out how to identify people three hours after infection so that we could give them early treatment. What would be even better is figuring out how to identify them three hours before infection so that we could give them a condom.

-- Carlos del Rio

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... Just a particular reminder about two events this week:

TUESDAY (April 1): 22nd Annual IAS-USA Atlanta HIV Course:
Improving the Management of HIV Disease.

WEDNESDAY (April 2): Vaccine Dinner Club:
Putting it All Together: A Systems Biology Approach to Understanding the Human Immune Response to an AIDS Vaccine.

See details in the Upcoming Events section below

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Happy Birthday

... to Paula Frew (April 1)

May your birthday be surrounded with happiness, filled with laughter, wrapped with pleasure, brightened with fun, blessed with love, remembered with joy, and enriched with hopes.

     Travis Sanchez

... Travis Sanchez is featured in a video announcing the expansion of AIDSVu to include interactive maps of HIV prevalence in Charlotte NC. PRISM teammembers Alexandra Ricca, Jenny Taussig and Adam Vaughan are also involved in the AIDSVu project (Patrick Sullivan, PI)
See the video (4:22)

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Post-doc Positions Available: Brown University
The Division of Infectious Diseases at Alpert Medical School, Brown University, is seeking postdoc fellows interested in multi-disciplinary training in clinical research in the areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV and other infectious aspects of substance abuse. This research training intends to help prepare the next generation of MD and PhD scientists to bridge gaps between bio-medical, behavioral and public health disciplines to advance knowledge regarding how best to reduce disease burden among substance abusers.
Read the Announcement

Post-doc Positions 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 in this active, multidisciplinary research environment are usually for two years, with a possible third year. Stipends are funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Postdoctoral Scholars work with a preceptor to design and implement studies on the treatment of drug dependence. Scholars also have the opportunity to select a specific area of focus for independent research projects
Read the Announcement

Biological Specimens Available: Male Circumcision Study
The Chicago CFAR has approximately 38,000 biological specimens available in its repository from men enrolled in, and followed up during, a RCT of male circumcision to reduce HIV incidence in Kisumu, Kenya. They also have serial specimens from 123 seroconverters as well as matched controls. All specimens and accompanying demographic, clinical and behavioral data are available to investigators affiliated with the CFARs.
Read More About It

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Funding Opps




June 15 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIDA
Targeting Latently Infected Cells Without Reactivation


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 other previous listings in
March 17 issue


See previous listings in
March 17 issue

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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Chow EP, Tucker JD, Wong FY, Nehl EJ, Wang Y, Zhuang X, Zhang L. Disparities and Risks of Sexually Transmissible Infections among Men Who Have Sex with Men in China: A Meta-Analysis and Data Synthesis.
PLoS One. 2014 Feb 24;9(2):e89959. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089959. eCollection 2014

Christofides NJ, Jewkes RK, Dunkle KL, Nduna M, Shai NJ, Sterk C. Early adolescent pregnancy increases risk of incident HIV infection in the Eastern Cape, South Africa: a longitudinal study.
J Int AIDS Soc. 2014 Mar 19;17(1):18585. doi: 10.7448/IAS.17.1.18585. eCollection 2014

Derdeyn CA, Moore PL, Morris L. Development of broadly neutralizing antibodies from autologous neutralizing antibody responses in HIV infection.
Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2014 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print].

Do AN, Rosenberg ES, Sullivan PS, Beer L, Strine TW, Schulden JD, Fagan JL, Freedman MS, Skarbinski J. Excess Burden of Depression among HIV-Infected Persons Receiving Medical Care in the United States: Data from the Medical Monitoring Project and the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
PLoS One. 2014 Mar 24;9(3):e92842. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092842. eCollection 2014.

Frew PM, Williams VA, Shapiro ET, Sanchez T, Rosenberg ES, Fenimore VL, Sullivan PS. From (Un)Willingness to InvolveMENt: Development of a Successful Study Brand for Recruitment of Diverse MSM to a Longitudinal HIV Research.
Int J Popul Res. 2013 Nov 21;2013. pii: 624245.

Gupta SK, Anderson AM, Ebrahimi R, Fralich T, Graham H, Scharen-Guivel V, Flaherty JF, Fortin C, Kalayjian RC, Rachlis A, Wyatt CM. Fanconi Syndrome Accompanied by Renal Function Decline with Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate: A Prospective, Case-Control Study of Predictors and Resolution in HIV-Infected Patients.
PLoS One. 2014 Mar 20;9(3):e92717. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092717. eCollection 2014.

Ross Eckard A, Longenecker C, Jiang Y, Debanne S, Labbato D, Storer N, McComsey G. Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 and cardiovascular disease risk in HIV infection.
HIV Med. 2014 Mar 20. doi: 10.1111/hiv.12143. [Epub ahead of print].

Calendar Upcoming Events
March 31
Thesis Defense:
Making A Choice: The Role of Education in Prenatal HIV Screening among Pregnant Women in Georgia
Starring: Sara Redd Location: RSPH/GCR/Rm 649

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
More Information

April 1
Book Reading and Signing:
Positive: A Memoir and a Manifesto -- Personal Encounters with Death, Life, and the US Healthcare System
Starring: Michael Saag (PI, UAB CFAR)
Location: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum Theatre (441 Freedom Pkwy)

April 2
Roundtable Discussion:
Religion, Cognition, and Sexual Risk in Adolescents
Starring: Safiya George-Dalmida
Location: RSPH/CNR/Rm 4001

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)

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

April 9
9:00am - 1:00pm
Panel Discussion
Striving Towards the End of HIV/AIDS
Panelists: James Curran & Nikia Braxton
Location: RSPH/CNR/1000

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

April 30
Abstract Deadline
Rural HIV Research and Training Conference
Location: Savannah, GA
Conference Date: September 12-13, 2014

October 1
Inter-CFAR Working Meeting
CFAR HIV Research in International Settings
Keynote Speaker: Carlos del Rio
Location: San Diego, CA
Save the Date Notice


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Spotlight! | NIH CFAR - Supplemental Funding

In response to an announcement from the NIH CFAR, we are accepting pre-proposals for supplement applications (1 year of funding, direct costs max = $100K) in the following scientific areas:

1. The Intersection of HIV Infection and the Human Microbiome
2. PK Interactions Between ARVs and Other Drugs
3. Improve HIV Care Continuum Outcomes
4. HIV-HCV Co-infection
5. HIV-TB Co-infection

Read Full Announcement For Details and call Kimbi Hagen (404-727-8855) with questions.

The deadline for submitting your pre-proposal for the 2014 CFAR Administrative Supplement is FRIDAY, APRIL 4.

• Project Director
• Title of proposed project
• The scientific area being addressed (#1-5)
• The research bullet(s) being addressed*
• Research hypothesis
• Brief description of the proposed approach

*The NIH announcement includes 5 scientific areas for which they will accept applications. Within each scientific area is a bullet list of specific research areas to be covered. Your one pager should identify the specific bullet(s) your proposal will be designed to address.

Relevance Statement: Paragraph justifying what makes the proposed project responsive to the NIH’s goal for a specific study area
Biosketch: Current NIH biosketch for the proposed project director
Budget: Draft budget (does not need to be on form pages)
LOS: Letter of support from each collaborating agency or individual named in the one pager, outlining the proposed collaboration. Letters can be in the form of an email

Selection of the pre-proposals to go forward for development as full proposals will take place on Monday, April 7. Notifications will be sent out on Tuesday, April 8.

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Editor, Kimberley Sessions Hagen, EdD

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