Center For AIDS Research

July 28 - August 4, 2014

The Network News
July 28 - August 4, 2014
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UNAIDS Treatment Targets    
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"The retargeting discussions should not be limited by financial and funding possibilities: we should start from real demands from the ground. The question is not how can we do it. The question is—how can we not?"
- Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health, South Africa. Speaking at IAS
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... to Ben Youngblood on receiving his first ever NIH funding (1R56AI114442-01)

     Ben Youngblood   

It is no mystery that HIV-specific T-cell responses decline during the long years of chronic HIV infection. What IS a mystery is why they do so even with HAART on board. Ben Youngblood's R56 -- Epigentic Regulation of T-Cell Exhaustion During Treated Chronic HIV Infection -- is designed to delve into the mechanism(s) that mediate that progressive decline.
Read the project Abstract

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Happy Birthday

... to Michael Roe (July 29), and Rob Stephenson (August 2)

We are REALLY glad you were born.

   Sid Byrareddy

... Is sugar bad or good for you? Maybe both. For example, a virion of HIV that has a lot of glycans (sugar-coated proteins) on its outer envelope may be protected from attack by HIV-specific antibodies. But that same thick coating of glycans may also make the virion less fit, from a transmission standpoint, than HIV that is lightly glycosylated. Sid Byrareddy's new award (his first R01!) -- Role of HIV Env Glycosylation in Mucosal Transmission (1R01AI113883-01) -- is designed to systematically identify the role of glycans in viral transmission.
Read the project Abstract

Francois Villinger    Philip Santangelo    

Cure scientists are working on ways to completely eradicate HIV from reservoirs. But how will we know when we reached the goal line? Francois Villinger and Philip Santangelo's new R01 -- Monitoring SIV Reservoirs with Whole Body Immunopet (1R01AI111907-01) is working on that. Specifically, they will use optimized imaging to create real-time, whole body maps of SIV infection in RMs in order to identify viral reservoirs and the sites from which SIV reemerges after interruption of treatment.
Read the project Abstract

   AIDS 2014

Fair dinkum erratum to last week's Spotlight. Andres Camacho-Gonzalez and Ralph DiClemente were also on site in Melbourne.

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HIV Prevention Counseling Trainees Sought: Prevention Science Core
WHAT: Training in the fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling(FHPC)
WHEN: August 25-27, 2014; 9am to 3pm
FEE: $100/person; paid by check
(some subsidies are available)
OUTCOME: There will be opportunities for those who complete the course to put their skills to work through several studies at RSPH and local CBOs.
NEXT TRAINING: January, 2015
QUESTIONS: Email Marcus Stanley

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Government News


Eugene McCray to serve as the Director of the CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP).

     Eugene McCray    Ken Castro
Eugene McCray
Ken Castro

Jono Mermin announced that beginning August 11, 2014, Eugene McCray will serve as the Director of DHAP, replacing Ken Castro who has been serving as DHAP Acting Director for the last year. Eugene is a globally recognized expert in HIV and TB and helped start and then lead the CDC's Global AIDS Program.
Read Jono Mermin's announcement
Read Eugene McCray's CDC biography

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Funding Opps


Sponsors: Multiple
Arts-Based Approaches in Palliative Care for Symptom Management


October 13 (LOI)
Sponsors: NIDA
Interventions for Youth who Misuse/Abuse Prescription Stimulant Medications in High School and/or College-Attending Youth

October 21 (LOI)
Sponsors: NIAID
Mucosal Environment and HIV Prevention (MEHP II)


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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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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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Haley DF, Golin C, El-Sadr W, Hughes JP, Wang J, Roman Isler M, Mannheimer S, Kuo I, Lucas J, DiNenno E, Justman J, Frew PM, Emel L, Rompalo A, Polk S, Adimora AA, Rodriquez L, Soto-Torres L, Hodder S. Venue-based recruitment of women at elevated risk for HIV: an HIV Prevention Trials Network study.
J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Jun;23(6):541-51.

Carlson JM, Schaefer M, Monaco DC, Batorsky R, Claiborne DT, Prince J, Deymier MJ, Ende ZS, Klatt NR, DeZiel CE, Lin TH, Peng J, Seese AM, Shapiro R, Frater J, Ndung'u T, Tang J, Goepfert P, Gilmour J, Price MA, Kilembe W, Heckerman D, Goulder PJ, Allen TM, Allen S, Hunter E. HIV transmission. Selection bias at the heterosexual HIV-1 transmission bottleneck.
Science. 2014 Jul 11;345(6193):1254031.

Lippman SA, Périssé AR, Veloso VG, Sullivan PS, Buchbinder S, Sineath RC, Grinsztejn B. Acceptability of self-conducted home-based HIV testing among men who have sex with men in Brazil: data from an on-line survey.
Cad Saude Publica. 2014 Apr;30(4):724-34.

Mangal JP, Rimland D, Marconi VC. The continuum of HIV care in a Veterans' Affairs clinic.
AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2014 May;30(5):409-15.

Calendar Upcoming Events
July 30 & August 2
Grant Writing Tutorial
NIH K and Other Career Development Awards
Target Audience: Postdocs, Instructors, Asst. Profs
Sponsor: Office of Postdoctoral Education

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

Calendar Farther Down the Road
August 8 (Abstracts deadline)
December 8-9 (Meeting)
7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Transforming Health Systems to Optimize Individual and Population Health
Location: Bethesda

August 15 (Abstracts deadline)
November 11-14 (Meeting)
32nd Annual Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS
Host: Oregon National Primate Research Center
Location: Portland, OR

September 9 (Abstracts open)
October 1 (Abstract deadline)
December 2 (Late Breaker opens)
January 8 (Late Breaker deadline)
February 23-26 (Meeting)
CROI 2015
Location: Seattle

October 3-5
American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO)
Target Audience: Graduate Students
Location: UNC Chapel Hill

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


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Spotlight! | Godzilla (HIV) vs Mothra (Ebola)

Ebola Virus

We've come a long way, baby.

As if news about the resurgence in measles and polio isn't enough, the escalating and still uncontained outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea is making it clear that the jury is no longer out on Arthur Reingold's year 2000 rhetorical question: "Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the 21st Century: Will It Be Eradicated or Will It Reemerge?" (Epidemiologic Reviews).

This West African outbreak of Ebola is already the worst in recorded history with 1,201 cases and 672 deaths attributed through 7/23/14, including 108 new cases in the most recent 3 day reporting period alone.

Furthermore, in the era of rapid international travel, it is highly likely that Ebola cases can and will spread and, in fact, this past weekend Nigeria reported its first case, after an air traveller from Liberia became fatally ill during an international flight that landed in the Nigerian capital city of Lagos, after a stop over in Togo.

About Ebola... Like HIV, there is no vaccine or curative therapy for Ebola, nor is there likely to be one soon. Unlike HIV however, Ebola has a very rapid incubation period (2-21 days), which makes the use of quarantining infected people a logical tool in containing the outbreak. Furthermore, unlike HIV, Ebola is highly contageous and health care providers are at high risk of infection -- the top Ebola doctor in Sierra Leone is ill, the senior doctor at Liberia's largest hospital has just died, and two US medical staffers are currently in isolation.

if there is any glimmmer of light in the unfolding tragedy it is that the current mortality rate (~56%) is substantially less than is typical (90%) for EVD.

All of this throws into stark relief just how far we have come since the days in which HIV/AIDS was itself a death sentence making a seemingly unstoppable march across the globe.

According to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, "HIV and AIDS are in retreat." Their website claims that 6.6 million people around the world are currently receiving ARV therapy, extending life spans and curbing transmission.

This, in conjunction with CFAR-led advances in vaccine science and social and behavioral interventions, has and will continue to make huge strides towards our collective goal of ending the global suffering from HIV/AIDS.

So as our CFARian friends and colleagues come home from Melbourne full of news about advances discussed at the conference, let us all take a moment to be mindful of the unfolding Ebola tragedy and the reminder it provides about just how far all of us -- HIV/AIDS researchers, activists, and PLWAs -- have come.

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