Center For AIDS Research

June 9-16, 2014

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The Network News
June 9-16, 2014
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"We're Still Here!"

*AIDS Survival Syndrome

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Rama Amara and Mentees Rama Amara Postdoc Mentor award winner

Why are these CFARians smiling? Because the certificate that Rama Amara is holding makes official what Pradeep Reddy, Dasharatham Janagama, Sailaja Gangadhara, Venkateswarlu Chamcha, Ravi Dyavar, Vijayakumar Velu, Lynette Chea, Smita Iyer and all of the rest of us have known for years -- that Rama belongs to the One Percent! Specifically, he is one of the newest inductees in Emory's "One in a Hundred" Club for outstanding mentors and was presented with the award at the 7th annual Postdoc Research Symposium on May 15.


And speaking of the One Percent... Rama was ALSO just notified that his most recent R01 application ("Targeting PD-1 Pathway for Functional Cure of AIDS") is being re-classified as an R37! What's that? In NIH/NIAID-land an R37 is a MERIT grant; a five-year award (with possible extension) given without benefit of initial peer review. NIAID staffers nominate and then give MERIT awards to investigators who have "stellar records of research accomplishment," which, of course, defines Rama right down to the ground.
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Happy Birthday

... to Ralph DiClemente (May 30), Bill Tyor (June 2), Brent Johnson (June 9), Gene Farber (June 14).

We are glad that you were born!

FOUR CFARians have recently received new funding from NIH:

     Neel Gandhi

... The intersection between HIV and drug-resistant TB is a growing global public health issue which threatens a decade of gains in both fields. Neel Gandhi 's first ever K24 award -- Mentorship and Patient-oriented Research in Tuberculosis, HIV, and Global Health (1K24AI114444-01) -- is designed to help address that. K24s provide protected time for physician-scientists to mentor young clinical investigators while expanding their own research program. In Neel's case that would be in the emerging areas of TB genomics, immunology and clinical trials.
Read Neel's abstract

Hannah Cooper     

... Studies of HIV/AIDS risk, progression, and outcome have all too often taken a siloed approach by focusing on vulnerable populations (e.g. MSM, drug users, heterosexuals) in isolation from each other. Hannah Cooper's new R01 -- Metropolitan Trajectories of HIV Epidemics, Drug Use, and Responses in US Key Populations (1R01DA037568-01A1) -- is designed to do some silo-busting across 96 of the largest USA metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs).
Read Hannah's abstract

     Jeremy Boss

... Programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) is an immune inhibitory receptor that is expressed transiently on the surface of CD4 and CD8 T cells following immune activation and is highly expressed on T cells that are chronically exposed to antigen. Too much PD-1 signaling can result in T cell exhaustion. This is a bad thing. Jeremy Boss's new R01 -- Regulation of PD-1 Gene Expression (1R01AI113021-01) will look at how PD-1 is regulated at the molecular level in ultimate hopes that it may be manipulated clinically to increase immunity.
Read Jeremy's abstract

Rob Stephenson     

... The FDA recently approved home-based HIV testing but what to do about the lack of counseling available, particularly for those who receive a positive HIV test? Rob Stephenson's new R01 -- Providing Online Counseling for Home-based HIV Testing (1R01HD078131-01A1) -- is designed to investigate the utility of combining home testing with a video-Skype operated Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing (CVCT) session, operated by a remotely located CVCT counselor.
Read Rob's abstract

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Project Coordinator Sought: CFAR
Ken Hepburn has received a CFAR03 award to develop a psychoeducational program for caregivers of persons with HIV/AIDS and is looking for a part time coordinator to work 20 hours a week on the project.
Read More About It

Grant Application Reviewers Sought: Meharry Medical College
Meharry Medical College was affiliated with the Vanderbilt CFAR until the Vandy CFAR lost its funding. So the director of a Meharry Medical College internal funding mechanism is now seeking our help in identifying reviewers for a couple of HIV-related pilot project applications. Expertise is needed in:
Relationship between hormonal contraceptive and HIV transmission
Health disparities in HIV/AIDS intrinsic immunity.
If you can help...
Read More About It

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Funding Opps


Sponsors: Multiple
Basic Research on HIV Persistence

Sponsor: NIAID
HIV Vaccine Vector-Host Interactions: Understanding the Biology and Immunology

Sponsor: NIAID
Fc Receptor (FcR) and Antibody Effector Function in HIV Vaccine Discovery

Sponsor: NIAID
NK Cells to Induce Immunological Memory to Prevent HIV Infection

Sponsor: NIAID
B Cell Help Immunology Program for AIDS Vaccine Strategies

Sponsor: NIDA
NIDA Avant-Garde Award Program for HIV/AIDS and Drug Use Research

Sponsor: NIDA
Avenir Award Program for Research on Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS


June 16 (LOI)
Sponsor: CDC
Cooperative Agreement
Economic Modeling for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuberculosis and School Health

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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

No PMID# yet
Finneran, C; Stephenson, R. Antecedents of Intimate Partner Violence Among Gay and Bisexual Men.
Violence and Victims, Volume 29, Number 3, 2014, pp. 422-435(14).

Haley DF, Lucas J, Golin CE, Wang J, Hughes JP, Emel L, El-Sadr W, Frew PM, Justman J, Adimora AA, Watson CC, Mannheimer S, Rompalo A, Soto-Torres L, Tims-Cook Z, Carter Y, Hodder SL; HPTN 064 Study Team. Retention strategies and factors associated with missed visits among low income women at increased risk of HIV acquisition in the US (HPTN 064).
AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2014 Apr;28(4):206-17.

Sullivan PS, Stephenson R, Grazter B, Wingood G, Diclemente R, Allen S, Hoff C, Salazar L, Scales L, Montgomery J, Schwartz A, Barnes J, Grabbe K. Adaptation of the African couples HIV testing and counseling model for men who have sex with men in the United States: an application of the ADAPT-ITT framework.
SpringerPlus 2014 3:249.

Calendar Upcoming Events
June 12
ID Seminar
USA500/Iberian MRSA: Characterization in Invasive Disease
Starring: Andre Melendez
   3rd Year ID Fellow
Location: RSPH/GCR/Rita Anne Rollins Room

August 26-27
Cell and Gene Therapy for HIV Cure 2014
Keynote: Francoise Barré-Sinoussi
Location: Seattle
Call for Abstracts

Calendar Farther Down the Road
HOPE Webinar
Monitoring and Evaluation: Lessons Learned from the Regis College Haiti Project
Starring: Nancy White Street, ScD, PNP, BC (Regis College)
Focus: Nurses
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 6/18

10:00 - 11:30am
SMART* Vaccines Demo
*Strategic Multi-Attribute Ranking Tools for Vaccines
Enhancing Decision Making for New Vaccine Development and Public Health Policy
Starring: Charles Phelps, PhD (Rochester)
Guru Madhavan, PhD (Natl Academy of Sciences)
Location: RSPH/CNR/Rm1000
Information: Flyer
   Link to SMART Vaccines tool
Questions: Contact Dianne Miller

June 24
3:00 - 4:00
Adverse Effects of Antiretroviral Therapy
Starring: Brian Wood, MD
Sponsor: NW AIDS Education and Training Center
Information: Contact Kimberly Cole Nash
     (206-850-2070) - Seattle

October 2-3 - NEW LISTING
HIV & Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis
Host: CFAR
Location: Marriott Courtyard, Decatur
Call for Abstracts

October 23-24
8th Annual SBSRN National Meeting
Disparities in Research, Clinical Treatment, Prevention and Policies: A Call to Action
Location: Los Angeles
Information and Registration

November 11-14
32nd Annual Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS
Abstract Submisions Deadline: August 15
Host: Oregon National Primate Research Center
Location: Portland, OR


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Spotlight! | AAHU STC

Please forward this information to the staff of any ASO that would be interested in this program

Intended to strengthen organizational capacity to address the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Black communities, the African American HIV University Science and Treatment College (AAHU STC) is part of a comprehensive training fellowship and scholarship program designed to increase engagement of the Black community in HIV prevention and treatment services.

The AAHU STC focuses on HIV and its relationship to human biology, virology, pharmacokinetics, epidemiology, and treatment strategies.

Application Process
Any organization serving the Black community in the United States can apply to AAHU STC. The program is a capacity building service provided to organizations, rather than a course for individuals.

Priority will be given to the following organizations:
1. Directly CDC-funded CBOs/ASOs serving Black communities
    at high risk
2. Indirectly CDC-funded CBOs/ASOs serving Black communities
    at high risk
3. Organizations whose mission aligns with that of the Institute
    and the goals of AAHU

Click Here For More Information

Application Deadline: June 23

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