Center For AIDS Research

December 8-15, 2014

The Network News
December 8-15, 2014
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Not your standard grocery store Christmas music (2:15)

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... to Rafi Ahmed, Eric Hunter, and Bali Pulendran on being 50% of the total number of Emoryites named in Reuter's "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, 2014;" a distinction that is earned by having published the greatest number of papers that rank in the top 1% for citations in their field and year of publication. (The other three were Dana Barr, Leslee Shaw, and Peter Wilson)

     Rafi Ahmed      Eric Hunter      Bali Pulendran

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' ."
- Isaac Asimov (1920- 1992)

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Happy Birthday

... to Jane Lawson (December 15) and Monica Trigg (December 15)

Life should not only be lived, it should be celebrated.
We celebrate YOU!

One of the toughest of the grand challenges facing HIV is the fact that CD4+ T-cells can be latently infected for years; effectively hiding in plain sight from antiretroviral SWAT teams. So it is particularly good news that Paul Johnson recently received new "Phase II" funding from the Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Exploration (GCE) mechanism, in recognition of the fact that he has made significant progress in his "Single cell transcriptional profiling of latently infected CD4+ T cells" idea since it was funded with a Phase I GCE grant in 2011.

     Paul Johnson

As Paul says: "By analyzing expression of a panel of molecules that are differentially expressed on the surface of CD4+ T cells, we will identify novel cell surface biomarkers that, either alone or in combination, represent a distinct signature of latently infected cells. The use of single cell transcriptional profiling represents a unique approach to address the fundamental challenges in characterizing latently infected reservoirs and should provide essential information necessary for the development of strategies for viral eradication."
Read More About It.

Kim Workowski     

Kim Workwoski has received new funding from AbbVie for “A Randomized, Open-Label, Multicenter Study to Evaluate the Efficacy, Safety, and Pharmacokinetics of Coadministration of ABT-493 and ABT-530 With and Without RBV in Subjects with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Genotype 2 or Genotype 3 Infection.”

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Nurse Practitioner Sought: Aid Gwinnett
Aid Gwinnett has a full time position available for a Nurse Practitioner to provide adult ambulatory care in their Ric Crawford Clinic.
Direct resumes to Clinic Coordinator Patricia Kohler, NP at (678.990.6422)

Faculty and Postdoc Students Sought: Biostatistics for Translational Research Course
Registration is open to faculty and postdocs and tuition may be covered by Emory courtesy scholarship for those who are eligible. The course introduces statistical concepts and analytical methods, and emphasizes basic concepts of study design (including clinical trials) and inferential methods in order to analyze biomedical and public health data. Prerequisite: college algebra and certificate program permission.
• Information: Contact Cheryl Sroka

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Government News


The CDC has released its released its 2014 HIV Vital Signs, which includes a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) -- Vital Signs: HIV Diagnosis, Care, and Treatment Among Persons Living with HIV — United States, 2011 -- and an accompanying fact sheet, HIV Care Saves Lives, Viral Suppression is Key.

The good news: According to the report 86% of the 1.2M people with HIV in the US knew their status. The less good news: < half (40%) were in HIV medical care. The bad news: < a third (30%) had achieved viral suppression and, in addition, almost half (49%) of young people aged 18-24 living with HIV did not know they had the virus, and < a fifth (13%) of those aged 18-24 had achieved viral suppression compared with > a third (37%) of those over 65 years of age.


No State news this week


All NIH applications due on or after 01/25/15 are required to use a new Biosketch format. See the "Focus" section below for more details.

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The New NIH Biosketch Format

Focus On...    
     SciENcv logo

For those of us of a certain age it seems like the information requested on an NIH biosketch has surged in stages over time, like waves of an incoming tide.

Well, the moon is full and the tide is higher than it's ever been before.

Effective for NIH applications due on or after 01/25/15, the NIH is implementing an expanded biosketch format that has been designed to explicitly lay out your capabilities and accomplishments for the reviewers, instead of asking them to just infer those from your publication list.

As described in NOT-OD-15-024 and in this sample completed biosketch, the new format is summarized below:

  • Page limit extended from 4 pages to 5 pages;
  • Personal Statement remains as Section A (see sample biosketch for additional guidance on the Personal Statement);
  • Positions & Honors sections remains as Section B;
  • Section C is now “Contributions to Science" (this section allows you to describe up to five of your most significant contributions to science, may include the historical background that framed your research, and may outline the central findings of your prior work and the influence of those findings on your field. Each description can be accompanied by a listing of up to four relevant peer-reviewed publications or other non-publication research products (see sample biosketch for full list of possible research products which may be included). In addition to the descriptions, you may also include a link to a full list of you published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as MyBibliography or SciENcv);
  • Research Support remains as Section D.

As Sally Rockey said in the 5/22/14 edition of Rock Talk: "The primary focus of the new NIH biosketch will be the magnitude and significance of the scientific advances associated with a researcher’s discoveries and the specific role the researcher played in those findings. This change will help reviewers evaluate you not by where you’ve published or how many times, but instead by what you’ve accomplished."

To make the mechanics of this less traumatic there is an online interface -- Science Experts CV (SciENcv) -- that will be very useful in creating, adapting (for each new application), and updating your new biosketch.

Read the Notice (NOT-OD-15-024)
Watch a YouTube Video about how to use SciENcv to manage your biosketch
Download the new forms and instructions
Download the sample completed biosketch
Start drafting YOUR new Section C.

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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

January 13 (App)
Sponsor: Doris Duke
1 year award
International Clinical Research Fellowship

December 12 (Abstract)
Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award
Held in conjunction with the 18th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research (April 13-15, 2015)
Read More About It

January 5 (Concept)
Sponsor: UAB CFAR & Pepper Centers
Pilot Awards
HIV/Aging Pilot Program


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Goldenberg T, Finneran C, Andes KL, Stephenson R. 'Sometimes people let love conquer them': how love, intimacy, and trust in relationships between men who have sex with men influence perceptions of sexual risk and sexual decision-making.
Cult Health Sex. 2014 Dec 3:1-16. [Epub ahead of print].
Read the Article

Calendar Upcoming Events
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

December 11
ID Seminar
Starring: Mary Galinski
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

December 11 New Listing
12:00 - 12:30pm
What Types of Projects Require IRB Review?
Webinar Link

December 12 (Abstract deadline) New Listing
April 13-15 (Meeting)
18th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research
Location: Bethesda

Calendar Farther Down the Road
December 18 New Listing
12:00 - 1:00pm
Research Resources 101
Clinical Research and the ACTSI Clinical Research Network
Location: SOM/Rm 178P
Participants will learn about the resources provided by the Clinical Research Network (CRN) and success stories associated with CRN support; the two hospital-based sites for clinical research in adults (Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital); and current and future costs associated with using the CRN
View Remotely
RSVP to attend in person

December 22 (Abstract Deadline) New Listing
May 18-21 (Conference)
50th Annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium
Public Health Diversity: Succeeding in a Flatter World
Location: Sheraton Atlanta
Abstract Submission Information

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

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


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Spotlight Spotlight

Spotlight! | Members and Fans of CFAR

Even though the CFAR is at Emory University, it is not restricted to Emory University.

Calling all Members and Fans of CFAR at the CDC, Morehouse, Georgia Tech, UGA, GA Dept of Health, GRA, and anywhere else you are reading this .... please be an active member of the Network and send in information we can report in Network News.

The Network News reporting and editorial staff (aka Kimbi Hagen) relies heavily on Members and Fans of CFAR to proactively send in information for inclusion in the newsletter and so far, people from Emory are pretty much the only ones who are doing that.

Let's change that starting right now

Someone you know get an HIV-related honor or award? Let us know!

Someone you work with get new funding for HIV-related research? Share the news!!

Planning to have a birthday in 2015? Divulge!!

Make a New Year's Resolution for 2015 to be a roving reporter for the Network News!


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The Network News is a periodic email, detailing HIV/AIDS related events, funding opportunities, and achievements of CFAR members. If you have items that you wish to have included, please send them to us at by Friday of each week. Please put "The Network News" in the subject line.

The Network News is distributed to CFAR members and fans by email every Monday. Except when it isn't.

Editor, Kimberley (Kimbi) Sessions Hagen, EdD

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