Center For AIDS Research

November 24 - December 1, 2014

The Network News
November 24 - December 1, 2014
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"High-fruit Diets Can Worsen Depression"

AAAARRGH!!! This headline, associated graphic, and first paragraph of the accompanying article in are complete misrepresentations of the data that Gretchen Neigh's graduate student Constance Harrell presented at Neuroscience 2014 last week.

As Gretchen said: "Fruit does contain fructose, but you couldn’t consume enough fruit to consume the level of fructose we studied. That amount of fructose consumption can really only be achieved by eating processed foods."

Read about the actual findings

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Kudos ...
     GPHA   APHA

... to Paula Frew for winning not one but TWO awards recently: the American Public Health Association's Early Career Award (Health Promotion and Health Education section) and the Georgia Public Health Association's Al Dohany Award for Community Service.

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Happy Birthday

... to a birthday boy and girl overlooked last week: Andy Nahmias (November 20) and Whitney Williams (November 22) AND to Susan Ray (November 26), Patrick Sullivan (November 28), Lace DePadilla (November 29) and Anne Spaulding (November 29)

November CFAR babies -- the best Valentine's Day gifts ever.

     Rebels With a Cause

On November 14, The Atlantic and the MAC AIDS Fund partnered to explore how and why millennial activists organize and, in particular, the role they are playing in the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Two CFARians spoke at the event:

Watch Sandy Thurman, in her role as Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator, President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), collaborate with John Demsey, Chairman of the MAC AIDS Fund and Group President of The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., to announce a $2M public private partnership between the MAC AIDS Fund and PEPFAR.

Watch Patrick Sullivan describe a mobile App that Emory's PRISM Health is developing with MAC AIDS Fund monies. Now in the testing stage, the App will allow users to self-assess and act on their health service needs around HIV. For example, a person might use the App to answer questions that will determine how often he or she needs to be tested for HIV, schedule periodic reminders to get tested, and place orders for a home test kit or connect with a local HIV test site.

Apple     APPS for Red     

Looking for an excuse to buy an iPhone 6 or other Apple product? Try this one ... Money from Apple purchases you make the day after Thanksgiving (this Friday), and on World AIDS Day (next Monday) will go to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Read More About It

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Available : 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

Position Wanted: 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


No CDC news this week


No State news this week


No NIH news this week

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Paula Frew, PhD, MA, MPH

Focus On...    
     Paula Frew

In 2011 the CFAR awarded Paula Frew her first AIDS research funding (Project HOPE: Helping Open Pathways to Enrollment). That project examined factors affecting willingness-to-participate by African Americans in experimental AIDS vaccine trials and other HIV-related biomedical research. In 2013 she successfully converted that CFAR03 into her first NIH funding: "Delivering a Dose of Hope: A Faith-Based Program to Increase Older African American Participation in HIV Clinical Research" (1R03AG042831-01).

Now, in 2014, Paula is using her CFAR03-developed skills to collaborate with CDC's National Center for Infectious and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) on protocol and instrument development to assess willingness-to-participate by healthcare workers, burial teams, and the general population in the CDC's upcoming Ebola vaccine study in Sierra Leone. Paula and the CDC team are doing this via focus groups and interviews with those living and residing in Bombali, Port Loko, Tonkolili, and Western urban and rural areas.

No wonder Paula's a double-header APHA/GPHA award winner (see Kudos section). That's what WE call drawing on your early career to engage in community service!

Paula is also the recent recipient of new CDC funding for “Understanding Barriers and Facilitators to HIV prevention for Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM).” The study will examine different risk scenarios based on structural, sociocultural, and access to care challenges facing MSM living in Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Jackson, Miami, and New Orleans. And to cap off the year, Paula also serving as a Guest Editor for the upcoming (December 15) issue of Clinical Infectious DiseasesIncluding Pregnant Women in Clinical Trials of Antimicrobials and Vaccines."

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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 12 (App)
Sponsor: Gilead
2-year awards
Research Scholars Program in HIV

January 12 (App)
Sponsor: NIH/Multiple Inst
Admin Supplement
Research on Sex/Gender Differences

January 16 (App)
Sponsor: Emory University
University Pilot Awards

April 7 (App)
Targeting Persistent HIV Reservoirs (TaPHIR)


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Huang L, Nehl EJ, Lin L, Meng G, Liu Q, Ross MW, Wong FY. Sociodemographic and sexual behavior characteristics of an online MSM sample in Guangdong, Chin.
AIDS Care. 2014;26(5):648-52. Epub 2013 Oct 14.

Delaney KP, Kramer MR, Waller LA, Flanders WD, Sullivan PS. Using a geolocation social networking application to calculate the population density of sex-seeking gay men for research and prevention services.
J Med Internet Res. 2014 Nov 18;16(11):e249. doi: 10.2196/jmir.3523.

Rosenberg ES1, Rothenberg RB, Kleinbaum DG, Stephenson RB, Sullivan PS. Assessment of a new web-based sexual concurrency measurement tool for men who have sex with men.
J Med Internet Res. 2014 Nov 10;16(11):e246. doi: 10.2196/jmir.3211

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

Liu AY1, Hessol NA, Vittinghoff E, Amico KR, Kroboth E, Fuchs J, Irvin R, Sineath RC, Sanchez T, Sullivan PS, Buchbinder SP. Medication Adherence Among Men Who Have Sex with Men at Risk for HIV Infection in the United States: Implications for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Implementation.
AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2014 Nov 14.

Calendar Upcoming Events
November 24
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 1
World AIDS Day - AIDS Quilt
Names Project Atlanta
Location: Emory University Quad
Sponsor: Campus Hillel

December 1
9:00am - 4:00pm
World AIDS Day - Free HIV Testing
Results in 20 minutes
   Walk-in appointments
Location: RSPH/GCR/Rm 431

December 1
6:00 - 9:00pm
World AIDS Day - Dinner & Community Forum
We Can Not Afford to be Silent Anymore
   Wny Black Churches Must Meaningfully Address Sex, Sexuality, and HIV/AIDS
Host: National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc.
Location: MLK Senior Community Resource Ctr

December 1
6:00 - ???
World AIDS Day - Vigil
The World AIDS Day- Atlanta Love & Light Vigil
Location: Historic Fourth Ward Park Amphitheater
   680 Dallas Street NE 30308
More Information

December 2
World AIDS Day - Movie & Discussion
Host: Emory Pride; World AIDS Day Atlanta
Location: Harland Cinema
More Information

December 3
5:30 - 7:30pm
World AIDS Day - Workshop
Let’s Talk About HIV: A Workshop for Parents
Location: Frederick Douglass High School Auditorium
    225 Hamilton E Holmes Dr. NW, 30318
Starring: Andreas Camacho-Gonzalez

December 3
World AIDS Day - VDC Meeting
It's Not About Sex ... OK, It's Not JUST About Sex:
Parents, Politics, Pinterest and HPV Prevention

Starring: Jill Roark, MPH
    CDC/NCIRD Office of Health Communication
Advance registration required

December 3-4 (Meeting)
World AIDS Day - Symposium
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 4
2:00 - 4:00
World AIDS Day - Free HIV Testing
Results in 20 minutes
   Walk-in appointments
Location: RSPH/CNR/Rm 1036 and Rm 1048

December 4
4:00 - 5:00
World AIDS Day - Lecture and Q&A
PEPFAR: Right Thing, Right Place, Right Time
Starring: Ambassador Deborah Birx, MD
   Director, Global AIDS Program, US Dept. of State
Location: RSPH/CNR/Klamon Room

December 4
5:30 - 8:00
World AIDS Day - Movie
The Normal Heart
Sponsors: CFAR, RSPH Office of External Relations
Location: WHSCAB Auditorium
More Information

December 10
World AIDS Day - Movie
No Regret
   Features prominent Black gay men telling their stories
   about being HIV positive

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

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

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

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! | Vaccine Dinner Club World AIDS Day Program - December 3

It's Not About Sex ... OK, it's Not JUST About Sex:
Parents, Politics, Pinterest, and HPV Prevention


Jill Roark, MPH
CDC/ NCIRD Office of Health Communications

Count Me In!
Click Here to Register
Clubhouse Location:
WHSCAB Plaza & Auditorium
   ↑ Note: We are back in our standard Clubhouse location!
6:00pm — wine, cheese, networking
6:30pm — meeting convenes
7:45pm — casual buffet dinner, more networking


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