Center For AIDS Research

February 2-9, 2015

The Network News
February 2-9, 2015
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"WTH ???"

Groundhog Day 2015

- Happy Groundhog Day!

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... to Hannah Cooper, Aneesh Mehta, and Cheryl Day on being named to the 2015 Woodruff Leadership Academy class.

     Hannah Cooper      Aneesh Mehta      Cheryl Day

Leads me to lifelong learning
Moment by moment

-Julie Wohlers

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Happy Birthday

... to Allison Ross (February 1), Prem Sharma (February 2), Jodie Guest (February 3), Tyree Staple (February 3), Travis Sanchez (February 5), and Ling Yue (February 6)

The way I see it, you should live every day like it is your birthday.
-Paris Hilton

     Max Cooper

Speaking of birthdays, 50 years ago last month (January 9, 1965) young postdoc Max Cooper (Good lab, University of Minnesota) was first author on a Nature paper entitled "Delineation of the Thymic and Bursal Lymphoid Systems in the Chicken," which simultaneously disrupted and united the field of immunology by demonstrating that there are not one, but two types of lymphcytes (B [for Bursa] and T cells) that help vertebrates custom make their defenses to bacteria and viruses.
This was huge. Little of what we have done in immunology since then, from AIDS to Zoster, would be possible without Max's ground breaking work. Happy Anniversary Max!!!

     CROI 2015

Presenting a Poster at CROI? Want it to do the best possible job at attracting and holding attention, efficiently summarizing your data, and stimulating interest in your findings? Want $75 towards printing it? If you said yes to any of those questions, email Kimbi Hagen soonest.

Sam Speck     

Just as new tenants may undertake extensive renovations in order to make an old house better to raise their kids, DNA viruses frequently make their new environment more conducive to viral growth by rearranging the host cell cycle. In his new NIH award (1R21AI115018-01) Sam Speck will investigate the Role of MHV68 V-cyclin in Virus Egress, focusing on observed differences in cellular cytoskeleton organization in infected cells.
In the immortal words of P.T. Barnum, "This Way to the Egress."

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Position Sought: Public Health Education, Communication or Research
Kristy Gerdes has 21 years of experience specific to academic and government industries, with expertise in health education and strategic communication, research, consultation, and behavioral/social health outcomes. In her previous employment she managed, marketed, and coordinated a CDC Speakers Bureau Program.
Read Kristy's CV

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Government News


The CDC, NIH, HRSA, and partner organizations have updated their guidelines on "Recommendations for HIV Prevention with Adults and Adolescents with HIV in the United States, 2014." These are accompanied by separate summaries that list recommendations for each of the guideline’s three audiences: 1) clinical providers, 2) nonclinical providers, and 3) HIV planning groups.


No State news this week


Just a reminder ... even though NIH has delayed the deadline for use of the new Biosketch format (version C) until 05/25/15, you should start drafting it now -- the new "Contributions to Science" section may require some work to get into shape. See NIH sample example for more information. NOTICE: You might also want to attend the February 20 Public Health Grand Rounds workshop on this topic (see Events section below).

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CFAR Developmental Core

Focus On...    
     Money Success Fame Glamour

Are you in need of:

  • Small ($2K) but crucial funding that will help you meet a timely research opportunity?
  • Larger ($40K) one-year funding that will help you become successfully competitive for an NIH grant?
  • Help designing, and $75 towards printing, a poster that will bring you fame and glamour at the next science conference?

If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, keep reading....

The Opportunity Award mechanism is intended to remove obstacles to HIV/AIDS research productivity by providing crucial resources that cannot easily or immediately be obtained through other funding mechanisms. Funds are intended to be used in support of:

  • A current NIH-funded research project (for which the Opportunity Awardee serves as PI)
  • An NIH application that is currently being revised for resubmission
  • A new NIH application that is expected to be submitted within the next year.
  • Download the Opportunity Award PA

The CFAR03 funding mechanism (based on the NIH R03) is designed to help junior and senior faculty move more rapidly towards their first funding as an NIH independent investigator in HIV/AIDS. Funds may be used for preliminary research for a new NIH application (R or K series) or to turbo charge an existing K award.
Applications are accepted twice a year (May 1, November 1).
Want to hear more? Call Kimbi Hagen (404-727-8855).

Science posters are only effective if they can first get people to stand still and read them. Want your next poster to attract the attention your science deserves? Schedule a poster tutorial / review session with the Developmental Core and we will pay $75 towards printing of your poster. Eligible individuals may take advantage of this program for up to 3 posters per CFAR fiscal year.
Download the Poster Award PA

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Sponsor: NIH/NHLBI
Effective immediately, the NHLBI will fund all AIDS-related applications funded from PAs and PARs (investigator-initiated AIDS-related) R01 competing applications, regardless of percentile or priority score, for four years or less. Hence, the NHLBI will no longer fund investigator-initiated AIDS related R01 awards for a 5-year period.

The only exceptions to this policy are awards made to Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) and clinical trials with patient accrual and follow-up timelines that cannot be accomplished within four years

Sponsor: Multiple Institutes
The NIH has reissued "NIH Pathway to Independence Award" (Parent K99/R00). The overall objectives of the program have not changed in the reissued FOA

Funding Opps


February 25 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIAID, NIMH
Innovative Measures of Oral Medication Adherence for HIV Treatment and Prevention

April 15 (App)
Sponsor: NIDA
Seek, Test, Treat and Retain For Youth and Young Adults Living with or at High Risk for Acquiring HIV

April 14, November 17
(2015, 2016, 2017)

Sponsor: NHLBI
Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity in Biomedical Research


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


Calendar Upcoming Events
February 6
10:00 - 3:00
Bridging the Gap: Building the Workforce that Ends HIV in Atlanta -- “When We KNOW Better, We DO Better!”
Intended Audience: ID Providers, Health Department Staff,    CBO Staff, and Planning Group Members
Location: Loudermilk Center (40 Courtland St NE)

Calendar Farther Down the Road
February 14, 2015 (Extended Abstract Submission Deadline)
April 7-8, 2015 (Meeting)
1st International Workshop on Microbiome in HIV: Pathogenesis, Prevention, and Treatment
Location: Bethesda
Abstract Submission

February 20 (Workshop)
Noon - 1:00pm
Public Health Grand Rounds
Putting Together Your New (Version C) NIH Biosketch
Location: RSPH/CNR/Auditorium

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

February 23-26 (Meeting)
CROI 2015
Location: Seattle

March 9 (Workshop)
8:00 - Noon
HCV CME Course: Basic
An Intensive Workshop on Evolving Strategies in Viral Hepatitis Management (Basic)
Sponsor: IAS-USA
Starring: Mike Saag (UAB) & Kenneth Sherman (Cincinnati)
Location: Cobb Galleria Centre

March 9 (Workshop)
1:00 - 5:00pm
HCV CME Course: Advanced
An Intensive Workshop on Evolving Strategies in Viral Hepatitis Management (Advanced)
Sponsor: IAS-USA
Starring: Mike Saag (UAB) & Kenneth Sherman (Cincinnati)
Location: Cobb Galleria Centre

March 10 (Workshop)
8:00 - 3:50pm
HIV CME Course
HIV Pathogenesis, Antiretrovirals, and Other Selected Issues in HIV Disease Management
Sponsor: IAS-USA
Co-Chairs: Jeff Lennox & Mike Saag (UAB)
Location: Cobb Galleria Centre


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, February 4

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

If You Can’t Communicate, You Won’t Vaccinate:
The Power of Individuals, the Government,
and the Media to Increase (or Suppress)
Vaccine Uptake


Director of Immunization, United Kingdom Department of Health
Fellow, Royal College of Physicians
Fellow, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Honorary Chair, Imperial College, London


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Editor, Kimberley (Kimbi) Sessions Hagen, EdD

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