Center For AIDS Research

November 17-24, 2014

The Network News
November 17-24, 2014
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     JoVE journal

... to Daniel Claiborne, Jessica Prince, and Eric Hunter for dragging CFAR into the 21st century with their report in the peer reviewed video journal JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments): "A Restriction Enzyme Based Cloning Method to Assess the In vitro Replication Capacity of HIV-1 Subtype C Gag-MJ4 Chimeric Viruses."
Watch the publication

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Happy Birthday

... to Aaron Siegler (November 13), Mike Cassidy (November 16), Craig Bond (November 17), Rafi Ahmed (November 19), and Paul Spearman (November 21).

It's your birthday, we wish you many more; health and wealth and friends by the score -- cut the cake and let's eat some more! Happy Birthday to you!!


The National AETC (of which our own SEATEC is a proud member) is distributing an HIV & Mood Disorders Infographic that may be useful for HIV care providers. It illustrates how HIV and mood disorders -- including depression and anxiety -- are highly correlated and highlights the need for routine depression screening in persons with and at-risk for HIV.



Attention Muslim CFARians ... The Rollins School of Public Health has just opened two Wudu/Ablution rooms. They are located on the 1st floor of CNR across from Classroom 1051. Note: The signage is a bit misleading; both rooms are gender neutral. For everyone else ... there is a YouTube video playing outside the area that explains the cleansing process.


     DOM newsletter

The Department of Medicine has been publishing "What's Up?," a really useful research newsletter, since 2011. In a recent issue (November 11) THREE of their five "Recent Notable Publications" featured CFAR-supported studies -- see listed below -- and a fourth featured CFAR members as senior authors.
Congratulations to all of you on achieving the e-newsletter equivalent of being re-tweeted!

  • Jodie Guest, Vincent Marconi, David Rimland, et al. “Combining epidemiologic and biostatistical tools to enhance variable selection in HIV cohort analyses.” PLoS One. 2014 Jan 29;9(1):e87352.

  • Paula Frew, et al. “Prevalence and correlates of knowledge of male partner HIV testing and serostatus among African-American women living in high poverty, high HIV prevalence communities (HPTN 064).” AIDS Behav. 2014 Aug 27.

  • Igho Ofotokun, Bill Lewis et al. “Heart failure in patients with human immunodeficiency virus infection: epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatment, and future research.” Circulation. 2014 Apr 29;129(17):1781-9.

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Postdoctoral Fellow Sought: PRISM Health
PRISM Health (RSPH/Epi) is a research team that focuses on sexual minority health. The successful candidate will work closely with Drs. Patrick Sullivan and Eli Rosenberg on a CDC National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention-funded Cooperative Agreement to create and adapt models to improve public health decision-making and effectiveness across the Center’s disease areas: Viral Hepatitis, Tuberculosis, HIV, STD, and Adolescent and School Health.
Read the Recruitment Ad

Faculty Participants Sought: "The Writing Room"
The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) Scholarly Writing and Publishing program is seeking participants for The Writing Room, a series of writing groups with different goals, groupings, frequency, and format, based upon the participants' preferences. Groups will begin meeting in January.
• Contact Allison Adams with Questions
• Sign up by November 21

Postdoctoral Fellows Sought: Brown University
Brown University has a T32 grant to prepare post-residency psychiatrists, postdoctoral psychologists, and behavioral scientists to conduct independent research in the area of biobehavioral HIV as full-time University faculty members. The Adolescent/Young Adult Biobehavioral HIV Mental Health Program is a two-year fellowship in which research fellows train under the guidance of experienced mentors. It includes didactic work, participation in ongoing funded projects, and independent research.
Read the Recruitment Ad

Medical Epidemiologists Sought: NYC Dept of Health
The New York City Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene has immediate openings for medical epidemiologists to support their Ebola response and, over the long term, to work on surveillance, response, and preparedness for emerging infectious diseases.
Read More About It

Postdoctoral Fellows Sought: Emory Vaccine Center
The Emory Vaccine Center has T-32 funding for postdoctoral fellows (MD, PhD or MD-PhD) in their Emory Vaccinology Training Program (VTP). Trainees will perform a mentored vaccinology research project with a VTP faculty member in one of five areas: Pathogenesis and Vaccine Discovery; Innate and Adaptive Immunity to Antigens; Translation, Delivery, and Clinical Trials; Vaccine Epidemiology and Health Policy; Vaccine Safety.
Read the Recruitment Ad

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Government News


The CDC has released its 2012 HIV Surveillance Report. It puts numbers to what Patrick Sullivan, Rob Stephenson, Eli Rosenberg, and all the rest of the PRISM Health crew have been saying all along: The new face of HIV is a young, African American MSM.
Key factoids from the Surveillance Report by Eugene McCray, MD (Director, NCHHSTP/DHPSE)
• "MSM represent approximately 2% of the U.S. population, but 64% of all new HIV diagnoses;"
• "Young adults aged 20-24 had the highest annual diagnosis rate (36.3 per 100,000) and accounted for the largest percentage (17%) of all new HIV diagnoses;"
• "African Americans comprise 13% of the U.S. population but accounted for 47% of all HIV diagnoses."


No State news this week


No NIH news this week

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The Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS)

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     WIHS logo

When Emory was funded as a new site for the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS) they joined a network that has been characterizing the long-term, natural and treated history of HIV among women for over 20 years. In 2013 the national WIHS added Emory and three other Southern universities -- UNC (Chapel Hill), Miami, and UAB -- to their national network, increasing their total to 10 sites and establishing a research base in the section of the USA most hammered by HIV in women.

Enrolling 300 HIV-infected and at-risk women from the metro area AND retaining these women in the study for the rest of their lives will be no small feat for Team WIHS, led by Co-PIs Igho Ofotokun and Gina Wingood. They are doing it though ... only one year into enrollment, over 170 women are already being seen regularly for study visits at the Ponce Clinic, adding their data to the 4000+ women who have been enrolled in the WIHS throughout the years.

WIHS women participate in study visits twice per year and receive physical and gynecological exams, routine laboratory tests, and an intensive interview covering topics from medical and socio-demographic histories to sexual behavior. They also have the opportunity to participate in substudies involving more focused interviews and sample collection.

How about an enormous wealth of data and samples that has been collected over 20 years, just waiting to be analyzed? If you have a question related to HIV and women’s health that you’ve been itching to ask WIHS has an outstanding infrastructure and resources to help you develop your ideas and implement your studies. Get in touch with Sara Sanford at 404-616-9850 to discuss your concept.

The November 20 meeting of the CFAR Network Pizza Party will be hosted by WIHS (see Spotlight section below). You can also visit the Emory WIHS website to learn about local activities, gather information about the national cohort on the national WIHS website, and contact Sara Sanford to be put on the Emory WIHS mailing list.

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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 1 (Mentor Choice)
January 16 (App)

Sponsor: HPTN
18-month awards
HPTN Scholars Program for Early-career U.S. Minority Investigators


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Velazquez VM, Uebelhoer LS, Thapa M, Ibegbu C, Courtney C, Bosinger SE, Magliocca JF, Adams AB, Kirk AD, Knechtle SJ, Kalman D, Suthar M, Grakoui A. Systems biological analyses reveal the HCV-specific regulation of hematopoietic development.
Hepatology. 2014 Oct 21. doi: 10.1002/hep.27575.

McNaghten A, Kearns R, Siegler AJ, Phaswana-Mafuya N, Bekker LG, Stephenson R, Baral SD, Brookmeyer R, Yah CS, Lambert AJ, Brown B, Rosenberg E, Blalock Tharp M, de Voux A, Beyrer C, Sullivan PS. Sibanye Methods for Prevention Packages Program Project Protocol: Pilot Study of HIV Prevention Interventions for Men Who Have Sex With Men in South Africa.
JMIR Res Protoc. 2014 Oct 16;3(4):e55. doi: 10.2196/resprot.3737.

Grey JA, Rothenberg R, Sullivan PS, Rosenberg ES. Racial Differences in the Accuracy of Perceived Partner HIV Status among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in Atlanta, Georgia.
J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2014 Oct 27. pii: 2325957414555226

Calendar Upcoming Events
November 17
Movie & Discussion
Vaccines: Calling the Shots
Discussion leaders:
   • Saad Omer
   • Elena Conis
Location: Center for Ethics, Room 102
   (1531 Dickey Dr)
Pizza and refreshments on offer

November 19
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

November 20
ID Seminar
Starring: Dr. Claire Pomeroy (Lasker Foundation)
Location: RSPH/GCR/RAR

November 20
CFAR Network Pizza Party
HIV & Women
See details in Spotlight below

Calendar Farther Down the Road
November 24 New Listing
3:00 - 4:00
HIV/AIDS Hepatitis C Update
This training will provide a general overview of HCV transmission, epidemiology and testing, overlap with HIV disease, and a detailed description of standard Interferon/Ribavirin treatment as well as use of the new Protease Inhibitors
More Information

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

December 3
VDC Meeting
Nietzsche, Goldilocks and the Quest for an AIDS Vaccine: Lessons Learned from Live Attenuated SIV
Starring: R. Paul Johnson, MD
    Director, Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Advance registration required

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 8-9 (Meeting)
2014 Inter-CFAR Collaboration on HIV Research in Women
Location: New York

December 10
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

December 9-12
Location: Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne

February 21-22 (Meeting)
CROI Satellite Event
XXIV International HIV Drug Resistance Workshop
Location: Seattle


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Spotlight Spotlight

Spotlight! | CFAR Network Pizza Party - Thursday, November 20

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Meeting Host:
CFAR HIV & Women Scientific Working Group /
Women's Interagency Health Study

Count Me In!
Click Here to Register


Claire Pomeroy           An Epidemic Without Headlines:
Confronting the Crisis of HIV/AIDS in Women

Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA
Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

Anandi Sheth           Side Effects - Part I:
Can PrEP Drugs Modulate Genital Tract HIV Immunity?

Anandi Sheth, MD
Assistant Professor (Infectious Disease)
Emory School of Medicine

Kate Michel           Side Effects - Part II:
Can Hormonal Contraceptives Modulate the Anti-HIV Response of the Mucosal Immune System

Kate Michel, PhD
MPH Candidate (Global Epidemiology)
Rollins School of Public Health

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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