Center For AIDS Research

June 30 - July 7, 2014

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June 30 - July 7, 2014
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Truths are first clouds; then rain, then harvest and food.
- Henry Ward Beecher

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     Igho Ofotokun

... to Anandi Sheth, Lisa Haddad, Cecile Dellile, and Sophia Hussen for writing such wonderful nomination letters that their mentor, Igho Ofotokun -- shown here receiving the award from David Stephens -- was named the 2014 Shanthi V. Sitaraman Silver Pear Mentoring Award Winner in the Research category. The Silver Pear award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated outstanding mentoring to early career faculty within the Department of Medicine.

Fun Factoid Alert -- Pears are one of the very few fruits that won't ripen if left on the tree. In fact they will ONLY reach their full potential if they are picked. So three, make that FOUR, cheers to Igho for picking four such excellent mentees and then helping each of them ripen into the talented and adept AIDS clinical researchers they are becoming.


Bruce Ribner
(Infectious Diseases)

Joseph Hilinski
(Pediatric Infectious Diseases)

     Dr. Hilinski

...And to Atlanta Magazine for naming two CFARians as "Top Doctors" in their 2014 health issue.

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Happy Birthday

... to James Kohler (June 30), Cory Woodyat (July 2), Wendy Armstrong (July 4), William Shafer (July 4), and Monica Farley (July Sumpin'nother).

You are all wonderful sources of joy … May your special day bring you an extra share of everything which makes you the happiest in the world.

    Paul Spearman     Francois Villinger

Wouldn't it be great if we could develop a vaccine that was able to hang about, alert and ready to mug maurading bits of HIV at the mucosal surface BEFORE the invaders could gain access to your blood stream? Well, Paul Spearman (PI) and Francois Villinger, in concert with Biao He at UGA, are going for it. They just received new R01 funding to test out Mucosal Protection Against HIV Generated by PIV5 Priming and VLP Boosting.
Read their Abstract: 1R01AI111863-01

In Memoriam Tom North Candle    

Tom North
1949 - June 23, 2014

How best to describe Tom North? His friend and research colleague Ray Schinazi may have put it best: "Tom was a gentleman and a scholar, an avid dog lover, a walking baseball encyclopedia, an obsessive fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, a multiple-time Chair of the NIH AIDS Special Emphasis Panel, a gifted researcher, a talented mentor, and an enthusiastic fan of Pinot Noir wines from his home state of Oregon." He was also a prolific fan of CFAR -- a sampling of his publications that cite the CFAR are listed in today's Publications section.
Read Tom's obituary, his kind heart and brilliant mind are already greatly missed.

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Full Time Lab Tech Position Available: Amara Lab
Rama Amara is seeking a full time lab tech with experience in PBMC and tissue processing and flow cytometry. Send CV to

Position Sought: Laboratorian
Michele Sturgeon is an experienced Laboratorian with diverse public health experience at the state and Federal level. She has conducted projects both domestically and with an international focus and is proficient in managing large, complex data sets as well as having trained graduate and undergraduate students in molecular and cellular techniques.
Read Michelle's CV

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Government News


MMWR Surveillance Summaries
Vol. 63, No. SS-5
June 20, 2014

Behavioral and Clinical Characteristics of Persons Receiving Medical Care for HIV Infection — Medical Monitoring Project, United States, 2009
AD McNaghten is a member of the Medical Monitoring Project and a contributor to this article
Read the article

NIH Nexus

Changes to the NIH Biosketch Coming
NIH is currently piloting a major change in the format of NIH biosketches with the full roll out expected to be required on applications submitted in early 2015. Get ready for it now by reading the "Rock Talk" article and test driving SciENcv.

Changes to NIH Inclusion Reports Coming Too
Effective with progress reports submitted after October 1, NIH will be requiring use of an updated method for reporting enrollment inclusion data. Get ready for it by reading the "Rock Talk" article.

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Funding Opps



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Call for Papers

Public Health Reports
Supplemental Issue on Implementation of Routine HIV Screening in Clinical Settings
Deadline: September 15, 2014

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In Memoriam:
Tom North Publications

that benefitted from the CFAR

North TW, Villalobos A, Hurwitz SJ, Deere JD, Higgins J, Chatterjee P, Tao S, Kauffman RC, Luciw PA, Kohler JJ, Schinazi RF. Enhanced Antiretroviral Therapy in Rhesus Macaques Improves RT-SHIV Viral Decay Kinetics.
Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2014 Jul;58(7):3927-3933.

Deere JD, Kauffman RC, Cannavo E, Higgins J, Villalobos A, Adamson L, Schinazi RF, Luciw PA, North TW. Analysis of multiply spliced transcripts in lymphoid tissue reservoirs of rhesus macaques infected with RT-SHIV during HAART.
PLoS One. 2014 Feb 5;9(2):e87914.

Wadford DA, Kauffman RC, Deere JD, Aoki ST, Stanton RA, Higgins J, Van Rompay KK, Villalobos A, Nettles JH, Schinazi RF, Pedersen NC, North TW. Variation of human immunodeficiency virus type-1 reverse transcriptase within the simian immunodeficiency virus genome of RT-SHIV.
PLoS One. 2014 Jan 31;9(1):e86997.

Gavegnano C, Detorio MA, Bassit L, Hurwitz SJ, North TW, Schinazi RF. Cellular pharmacology and potency of HIV-1 nucleoside analogs in primary human macrophages.
Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2013 Mar;57(3):1262-9.

Deere JD, Schinazi RF, North TW. Simian immunodeficiency virus macaque models of HIV latency.
Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2011 Jan;6(1):57-61.

Deere JD, Higgins J, Cannavo E, Villalobos A, Adamson L, Fromentin E, Schinazi RF, Luciw PA, North TW. Viral decay kinetics in the highly active antiretroviral therapy-treated rhesus macaque model of AIDS.
PLoS One. 2010 Jul 23;5(7):e11640.

Calendar Upcoming Events
July 4
238th Birthday Party
United States of America
Celebrants: All of us
• Fireworks
• Parades
• BBQs
• Picnics
• Concerts
• Baseball games
• Family reunions
• Political speeches
• Ceremonies
• World Cup (Columbia v Brazil)

Calendar Farther Down the Road
October 2-3
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! | Emory Joins IMPAACT


YEEHA! Emory is now part of the IMPAACT network!

The What?
The International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT) funded by NIH (NIAID, NICHD, DAIDS, NIMH). It exists to clinically evaluate interventions to treat and prevent HIV infection and its consequences in infants, children, adolescents and pregnant/postpartum women.

Why Did this Particular Fraternity of Science Rush Us?
No Brainer: Because we have incredible clinical researchers (see below for partial list) and the Ponce Family and Youth Clinic (PFYC) is the largest pediatric HIV clinic in the country.

Why Did We Want to Join the Club?
Because IMPAACT (now) comprises 15 US sites and 14 International Sites and has an ambitious research agenda that will impact the future of pediatric and adolescent HIV management around the world by focusing on 5 key areas:
   • HIV Treatment,
   • Tuberculosis,
   • HIV Prevention,
   • HIV Cure,
   • HIV Complications and Co-Morbidities.

Who's on Team IMPAACT?
Key investigators are Paul Spearman (PI), Rana Chakraborty (co-PI), Andres Camacho-Gonzalez, Ann Chahroudi, and Allison Ross-Eckard in Pediatric ID; Lisa Haddad and Martina Badell in Gynecology/Obstetrics; Vincent Marconi in ID/Dept of Medicine; plus a number of collaborating CFAR members and the CFAR Clinical Research Core.


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