Center For AIDS Research

September 22-29, 2014

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The Network News
September 22-29, 2014
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3:    Number of individuals with Ebola cared for at Emory Hospital to date
128:    Number of full time personnel providing care for people with Ebola at Emory Hospital
1,400,000:    Number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone projected by mid January, 2015
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     Meridith Mikulich

... to the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) for having the good sense to elect Wendy Armstrong as Vice-Chair of the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA).

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Happy Birthday

... to Rana Chakraborty (September 22); Kate Winskell (September 23); Erin-Joi Collins (September 24); and Mike Kutner (September 24).

May you always have a cool head and a warm heart.
(Irish birthday toast)

     Bill Lewis

Antiretrovirals are good for you if you have HIV. That is unless they break your heart. Bill Lewis just got an R56 (zowie!) from NHLBI to look at how the metabolism of NRTIs can lead to heart failure in people with HIV. His Achy Breaky Heart experiments (1R56HL125062-01) will examine the mechanism of action and how that catastrophe may be prevented. Want to congratulate Bill personally? A charter member of our HIV and Aging group and an expert on mitochondria, Bill will be giving a talk at CFAR's October 2-3 HIV & Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis conference. Y'all come on down!

Jeffrey Samet    Carlos del Rio     

Some people develop problems with HIV because of drug abuse. Others develop problems with drug abuse because of HIV. CFAR Co-Director for Clinical Studies Carlos del Rio and research collaborator Jeffrey Samet (Boston University) have just gotten new R01 funding from NIDA (1R01DA037768-01) to do a randomized controlled trial aimed at improving physician opiod prescribing for chronic pain among people with HIV.
Read the project Abstract

     David Guidot    Lou Ann Brown    Paul Spearman

Fact 1: People with HIV are susceptible to lung infections. Fact 2: Even having an undetectible viral load doesn't protect your lungs. So what gives? David Guidot, highly satisfied user of the CFAR Clincal and Immunology Cores, along with Co-PI's Lou Ann Brown and Paul Spearman blame HIV's invasion-of-the-body-snatchers' attack on alveolar macrophages and have just received new R01 funding from NHLBI (1R01HL125042-01) to elucidate the mechanisms by which HIV alters the microenvironment within the alveolar space to create a sneaky, resistant viral reservoir.

In Memoriam Tom North Candle    

Richard (Dick) Keenlyside
September 13, 2014

CFAR Member Emeritus
CDC Country Manager for HIV/AIDS programs in China, Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, and India (Retired)
Read Dick's Obituary

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Program Officer Sought: NIH/NIADS
The Pathogenesis and Basic Research Branch of the Division of AIDS (DAIDS) at NIH/NIAID is seeking a Program Officer to oversee a broad portfolio of basic HIV research grants and to develop new funding opportunity announcements on high priority research topics, including HIV cure. Candidates must be US citizens with a PhD or MD and postdoctoral experience in a relevant field of study. Candidates with a background in HIV immunology are especially encouraged to apply.
Read More About It
• Call with questions about the application process: Keyonna Butler ( 301-594-4570)
• Call with questions about the Program Officer position: Karl Salzwedel (301-496-5332)

Ultracentrifuge and Rotor Sought: Boulis Laboratory
Anthony Donsante from the Boulis Lab would like to purify recombinant adeno-associated virus by cesium gradient. He is looking an ultracentrifuge and rotor (comparable to a Beckman 100 Ti: fixed angle, capable of 100,000 RPM). He also would like to find a refractometer to analyze the gradient. If you have or know of someone who might loan him either piece of equipment, please contact him at:

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Government News


The CDC's five year campaing Act Against AIDS has just announced the launch of a new program:
"HIV Treatment Works." The campaign focuses on how people living with HIV have overcome barriers to getting in care and staying on treatment.
Get in care. Stay in care. Live well.


No State news this week.



NIH has issued a Request for Information (RFI) -- read: they want your opinion -- about sex. Specifically, the RFI argues that because animal studies typically use male subjects, and because projects using cell models do not usually analyze or disaggregate by sex (of the individual from which the cells were obtained), we may be fostering critical knowledge gaps and undermining the quality and reproducibility of research findings.
Read the RFI and consider giving your considered response (deadline 10/13).

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Funding Opps




Sept 29 (LOI)
November 3 (App)
Sponsors: Pittsburgh Center for HIV Protein Interactions
Collaborative research projects
"Early Cellular Events of HIV Infection"

October 3 (LOI)
November 3 (App)
Sponsor: CFAR
See "Spotlight" section below

November 21, 2014
July 28, 2015
Sponsor: NIH/NIDCR
"Approaches to Eliminate HIV and Opportunistic Pathogens from Oral Reservoirs"

January 7 (2015, 2016, 2017)
Sponsors: NIH/NIAID
"Role of the Microbiome in HIV-1 Vaccine Responses"



See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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Recent Pubs
that acknowledge the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Hussen SA, Gilliard D, Caldwell CH, Andes K, Chakraborty R, Malebranche DJ. A Qualitative Analysis of Father-Son Relationships among HIV-Positive Young Black Men Who Have Sex with Men.
J Urban Health. 2014 Aug;91(4):776-92

Huang, Yijian. Bootstrap for the case-cohort design.
Biometrika. 2014 Jun; 101 (2) 465-476.

Sales, Jessica M; Smearman, Erica L; Swartzendruber, Andrea; Brown, Jennifer L; Brody, Gene; DiClemente, Ralph J. Socioeconomic-Related Risk and Sexually Transmitted Infection Among African-American Adolescent Females.
The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2014 Jun 25

Haas, David W; Kwara, Awewura; Richardson, Danielle M; Baker, Paxton; Papageorgiou, Ioannis; Acosta, Edward P; Morse, Gene D; Court, Michael H. Secondary metabolism pathway polymorphisms and plasma efavirenz concentrations in HIV-infected adults with CYP2B6 slow metabolizer genotypes.
The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy. 2014 Aug; 69 (8) 2175-82.

Vaughan, Adam S; Rosenberg, Eli S; Sullivan, Patrick S. Spatial relationships between gay stigma, poverty, and HIV infection among black and white men who have sex with men in Atlanta.
AIDS research and human retroviruses. 2014 Aug; 30 (8) 740-1.

Kwa, Suefen; Lai, Lilin; Gangadhara, Sailaja; Siddiqui, Mariam; Pillai, Vinod B; Labranche, Celia; Yu, Tianwei; Moss, Bernard; Montefiori, David C; Robinson, Harriet L; Kozlowski, Pamela A; Amara, Rama Rao. CD40L-Adjuvanted DNA/Modified Vaccinia Virus Ankara Simian Immunodeficiency Virus SIV239 Vaccine Enhances SIV-Specific Humoral and Cellular Immunity and Improves Protection against a Heterologous SIVE660 Mucosal Challenge.
Journal of virology. 2014 Sep 1; 88 (17) 9579-89

Calendar Upcoming Events
September 23 New Listing
12:00 - 12:50
GFE Report #2 of 3
Evaluating treatment outcomes and adverse events in MDR TB/HIV co‐infections in KwaZulu‐Natal
Starring: Rebecca Goldstein (GH)
Location: RSPH/CNR/Rm 1000

September 25
ID Seminar
Incorporating Pathology in the Practice of Infectious Disease: Myths and Reality
Starring: Jeannette Guarner, MD
Location: RSPH/GCR/Rita Anne Rollins Rm

September 25 New Listing
The New Vaccines
Starring: Prof. Manuel Elkin Patarroyo (Bogata)
Sponsored by: Emory Vaccine Center,
   the Malaria Research Program, and the CDC
Location: Yerkes/Neuroscience Seminar Room

September 25 New Listing
12:00 - 1:00
How Networks Affect Risk
Starring: Richard Rothenberg (GA State)
Host: RSPH Certificate Program in the Sociocontextual
    Determinants of Health
Location: RSPH/CNR/Rm 3001

September 25
6:00 - 8:00pm
African American Community Advisory Group Meeting
Location: The Mall West End - Downstairs
(850 Oak St. SW, Atlanta 30310)
Sponsor: Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Planning Group
Free and Open to the Public

September 26 (Standard Rate Deadline)
October 28-31 (Meeting)
1st Biannual "HIV R4P" Conference
Shaping the Science of Prevention
Location: Cape Town, SA
Information and Registration

September 29 New Listing
12:00 - 12:50
GFE Report #1 of 3
A Needs Assessment of the Barriers and Facilitators of Access to Reproductive Health Services among Young People in Manila, Philippines
Starring: Kristi Allen (GH)
Location: RSPH/CNR/Rm 1000

September 29 New Listing
12:00 - 12:50
GFE Report #3 of 3
Evaluation on the impact of transition in treatment status on uninsured HIV‐infected migrants in Thailand
Starring: Ka Xiong (GLEPI)
Location: RSPH/CNR/Rm 1000

September 29
6:00 - 8:00pm
MSM Advisory Group Meeting
Location: Share Project
(1 Baltimore Place, Ste 280, Atlanta 30308)
Sponsor: Jurisdictional HIV Prevention Planning Group
Free and Open to the Public

Calendar Farther Down the Road

October 1
VDC Meeting
The Road to Emory: Ebola, Ethics & the Law
Registration Link

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

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

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

October 6 (Abstract deadline)
October 6 (Early reg deadline)
December 9-12 (Meeting)
Location: Los Cabos, Mexico


Divider Rule Spotlight

Spotlight! | Research Funding Available!!!!

Ebola Virus

Are you a junior faculty member or new to AIDS research?

Would $40K help you collect data to ground an NIH application?

If you answered yes to both questions ... keep reading.


The CFAR Developmental Core has a funding mechanism called the "CFAR03" that is intended to help junior faculty (and senior investigators who are new to AIDS) prepare to submit/ resubmit an HIV/AIDS research application to NIH.

The CFAR03 is modeled on the NIH R03 mechanism (Get it? CFAR03?) and provides up to $40K for projects that can be done in a limited time (1 year).

The next application deadline is NOVEMBER 3
(LOI due October 3).

• CFAR03 RFA:   View   |   Download

NOTE: Because the updated RFA was released so late, several steps outlined under the "MAP Fellows" presubmission steps do not have to be completed prior to submitting the LOI. Call Dr. Kimbi Hagen (404-727-8855) to discuss.


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