Center For AIDS Research

October 13-20, 2014

The Network News
October 13-20, 2014
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Stefan Lutz Vacation Graph Image captured from office door of former CFAR Dev Core CFAR03 award recipient Stefan Lutz

Happy Fall Break Y'all!

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... To former CNIHR award winner Gretchen Neigh on scoring her very first NIH R01!

     Gretchen Neigh

Stress, in short doses, can lead to positive health effects; after all it is good to have a fight or flight response if there is something you actually need to fight or flee. Chronic stress, on the other hand is bad for your health and it turns out that toxic levels of chronic stress in your tween years can harm you forever. With her award Adult Implications of Chronic Adolescent Stress: Mediators and Modifiers (1R01NR014886-01) Gretchen will examine the function of transcription factors underlying the lifelong downside of teen stress. This work was not funded to study people with HIV but the findings will surely apply.

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And in a Kudos two-fer, hats off again to Gretchen Neigh for passing on information she ferreted out that will overjoy anyone who has ever struggled to stuff a science poster tube into an airplane's overhead compartment. The Spoonflower website prints good quailty INEXPENSVE FABRIC POSTERS. You can fold up and pack the poster in your suitcase or -- better yet -- wear it en route as a trendy scarf or pashmina. How easy is that?
Check out this blog for detailed instructions on designing and ordering a fabric poster.

Gretchen says: "Make sure to order the “performance cotton” and NOT regular cotton. The regular cotton wrinkles, is bulky, and has poor color representation. The “performance cotton” prints color true to what the computer shows on the screen. One caution – you have to order early, so plan ahead. Even with a rush order, it will take around 5 days to get the poster; but it is still only $40 even with the rush order fees added. It is $22 if you order early enough for regular delivery. We’ve been pleased with the cost, quality, and longevity of these posters."

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Happy Birthday

... to Drenna Waldrop-Valverde (October 18) and Guido Silvestri (October 20).

Let them eat ice cream
- Marie Antoinette's cousin Kiki

     My Emory button    Judy and Shelle

And speaking of ice cream ... Judy Catasein and Shelle Bryant from the CFAR Admin Core enjoyed homemade ice cream sandwiches last Wednesday while being honored for donating to MyEmory. You can direct some or all of YOUR MyEmory donation to the CFAR by following the directions here.


Almetric Score     

Altmetric provides article-level metrics of the research impact of scholarly publications. The IAS-USA HIV Prevention in Clinical Care Settings 2014 Recommendations authored by Carlos del Rio et al last July currently has an Altmetric Score of 106 and is in the top 5% of all articles ranked by attention. Specifically, it has received more online attention than 96% of all articles tracked in JAMA and better than 98% of all (n=75,579) articles published within 6 weeks on either side of this one in any journal Altmetrics tracks. Zowie!
• (Click the graphic above, and then the "Score" tab for more details on the score of this pub)
Learn how to Altmetric your own publications

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The Prism Health team has been productive (as always) recently.

In the last week Travis Sanchez and Marcus Stanley put out a fact sheet on HIV Among Atlanta Youth and Eli Rosenberg and Patrick Sullivan had an opinion piece ("Metro Atlanta’s HIV epidemic among gay and bisexual men must end") appear in Creative Loafing.

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Virology Faculty Sought: UNC Chapel Hill
Applications are being accepted for tenure track positions at UNC Chapel Hill. Ron Swanstrom, PI of the UNC Chapel Hill CFAR is chairing the search committee. Highest priority applicants will be investigators whose research is in viral pathogenesis, immunovirology, systems biology of viral infections, and viral evolution. Candidates should have postdoctoral research experience.
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Government News


The CDC is leading a 3 year initiative called the CAPUS (Care and Prevention in the United States) Project. CAPUS aims to reduce HIV/AIDS morbidity and mortality among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States; one of the eight health departments collaborating on it is our own Georgia Department of Public Health (see below).


The Georgia Dept of Public Health has just launched The Resource Hub of Georgia CAPUS (see CDC item above). The Hub is for individuals with / at risk for HIV and their care providers; it includes information on service eligibility, testing locations, a resource directory, and medical information.
If we can get them to link to AIDSVu, it will be a picture perfect resource!


Heads up; mark your calendar now: NIH will be hosting a series of webinars entitled "What You Need to Know About NIH Application Submission and Review" over 4 dates between Nov. 4-10. The funding mechanisms covered will include R15, F-series, SBIR/STTR, and R01.
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Request for Information

December 1 (deadline)
Sponsor: NIH/NIMHD
Behavioral Interventions to Prevent HIV Infection among Diverse Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)

Funding Opps




December 2 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIH (multiple inst)
Increasing Access and Uptake of HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) and Appropriate HIV-related Services for Adolescents in Low and Middle-income Countries


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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Recent Pubs
that link to the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Okafor N, Rosenberg ES, Luisi N, Sanchez T, Del Rio C, Sullivan PS, Kelley CF. Disparities in herpes simplex virus type 2 infection between black and white men who have sex with men in Atlanta, GA.
Int J STD AIDS. 2014 Sep 22.

DiClemente RJ, Wingood GM, Sales JM, Brown JL, Rose ES, Davis TL, Lang DL, Caliendo A, Hardin JW. Efficacy of a Telephone-Delivered Sexually Transmitted Infection/Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prevention Maintenance Intervention for Adolescents: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
JAMA Pediatr. 2014 Aug 25.

Wen X, Ding L, Hunter E, Spearman P. An siRNA Screen of Membrane Trafficking Genes Highlights Pathways Common to HIV-1 and M-PMV Virus Assembly and Release.
PLoS One. 2014 Sep 4;9(9):e106151

Mustanski B, Ryan DT, Sanchez T, Sineath C, Macapagal K, Sullivan PS. Effects of Messaging About Multiple Biomedical and Behavioral HIV Prevention Methods on Intentions to use Among US MSM: Results of an Experimental Messaging Study.
AIDS Behav. 2014 Jun 8

Kalokhe AS1, Adekambi T2, Ibegbu CC3, Ray SM4, Day CL5, Rengarajan J. Impaired degranulation and proliferative capacity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis-specific CD8+ T cells in HIV-infected individuals with latent tuberculosis.
J Infect Dis. 2014 Sep 9.

Calendar Upcoming Events
October 13 (Abstract deadline)
December 9-12 (Meeting)
Location: Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

October 15-17
Strategies for an HIV Cure
Location: Bethesda, MD

October 16
12:00 - 1:00
Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Lectureship
Viruses and microRNAs
Speaker: Bryan Cullen, PhD (Duke)
Location: Auditorium, Health Sciences Research Building

October 16
2:00 - 3:00
Improving Health & Quality of Life of Individuals with Multiple Chronic Conditions
Toll Free Number: 800-857-0455;
Participant passcode: 8423024
Web Access: Click this Link

October 16
CFAR Network Pizza Party
Fitness Program
See details in Spotlight below

October 20 (Abstract deadline)
December 8-9 (Meeting)
2014 Inter-CFAR Collaboration on HIV Research in Women
Location: New York

Calendar Farther Down the Road
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

October 29 New Listing
Film Series Screening
Tongues Untied
   Iconic 1989 Marlon Riggs film that grapples with Black
   gay identity, community, health, resilience and care

Location: Phillip Rush Center Annex
   1530 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta

October 30 (Early reg deadline)
December 9 (Abstract deadline)
January 26-27 (Meeting)
Innovation in HIV and Viral Hepatitis
Location: Milan, Italy

October 31 (Abstract deadline)
April 13-14 (Meeting)
Georgia Public Health Association

November 3 (Abstract Deadline) New Listing
February 21-22 (Meeting)
CROI Satellite Event
XXIV International HIV Drug Resistance Workshop
Location: Seattle

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

November 17 (Class #1)
November 24 (Class #2)
NIH-K Grant Writing
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November 19 New Listing
Blueprint Dialogue
   Conversation between activist Black gay and bisexual
   men of different generations to share stories,
   experiences, and lessons learned

Location: Phillip Rush Center
   1530 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta

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

December 3-4 (Meeting)
Exploring Realistic Expectations: The Implications of TasP, PrEP and PEP
Target Audience: Medical and Allied Health Professionals
Host: Empowerment Resource Center
Location: Loudermilk Center, Atlanta

December 10 New Listing
Film Series Screening
No Regret
   Features prominent Black gay men telling their stories
   about being HIV positive

Location: Phillip Rush Center Annex
   1530 DeKalb Ave NE, Atlanta


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Spotlight! | 10/16/14 CFAR Network Pizza Party

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Meeting Host:
CFAR Immunology Core

Count Me In!
Click Here to Register


Mario Roederer           Under Construction:
The Genetic Architecture of the Human Immune System ... Building Mechanistic Bridges to Autoimmunity and Disease Pathogenesis

Mario Roederer, PhD
Chief, ImmunoTechnology Section
Vaccine Research Center, NIH/NIAID

Chinglai Yang           Getting in Shape:
Induction of Broadly HIV Neutralizing Antibodies Against Conserved Epitopes in the MPER of HIV Env

Chinglai Yang, PhD
Assistant Professor (Micro/Bio)
Emory School of Medicine

Sudhir Kasturi           Endurance Challenge:
Programming Durable Humoral Immunity in HIV Vaccines

Sudhir Kasturi, PhD
Assistant Research Professor (EVC)
Yerkes National Primate Research Center

Location: RSPH/CNR, Room 1000

5:30 — Pizza and Posters:

6:00 — Sound of ringing triangle causes members to channel their inner sheepdog and help herd other members and their guests to room 1000

8:00 — Adjourn for more networking and a dissection of the evening's trio of talks


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