Center For AIDS Research

March 2-9, 2015

The Network News
March 2-9, 2015
Divider RuleQuote of the Week ...

"I believe in miracles. Also vaccines."
- Jake Carpenter

If you're jake with that
make your reservation now to attend the March 4th Vaccine Dinner Club Meeting

"Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack,
a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in"
The Crack Gets Wider ... Neutralizing Antibodies and an HIV Vaccine

Dennis Burton, PhD
Scripps Research Institute

*(Leonard Cohen)

Divider Rule Kudos ...
     Raymond Schinazi

... to Raymond Schinazi on being elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology. The Academy, the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, recognizes excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences, and Raymond's election to this group is a mark of distinction. Congratulations!

Divider Rule In other news...

Happy Birthday

... to Jennifer Taussig (March 1), Bill Lewis (March 7), Effie Bartley (March 8), and Loida Bonney (March 9).

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

     Jim Curran     Carlos del Rio

On February 19 Jim Curran and Carlos del Rio were featured on "Science AMA's" (Ask Me Anything) Series. Read the transcript of their global grilling here.

Mirko Paiardini     

In the immortal words of Chevy Chase, "It's a floor wax AND a dessert topping!" Well, maybe not, but Mirko Paiardini is hoping to produce a therapeutic equivalent of "Shimmer" (the non-dairy floor wax) with his new ROI (1R01AI116379-01A1), "Immune Based Interventions for HIV Eradication." The overarching goal of his new project is to determine if the sequential administration of Interleukin (IL)- 21 and Interferon-a (IFNa) will have a strong synergistic effect on reducing HIV persistence by decreasing immune dysfunction and inflammation (via IL-21) while simultaneously enhancing antiviral functions (via IFNa). If his results are successful, the proposed immune based intervention could ultimately be tested in clinical trials aimed at achieving a cure of HIV infection in humans.

     HIV Continuum

Going from strength to strength, AIDSVu (Patrick Sullivan, PI) has just launched the first website to visualize the HIV care continuum. visualizes the care continuum in Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, making visible patterns of health disparities related to race, age and geographic location that will be critical to improving the health of people living with HIV, and to reducing its spread. The site will allow local communities, health departments and policy makers to visualize areas of success and opportunities for improvement in HIV testing, care and treatment.

Divider Rule Bulletin Board...

bulletin board

Position Wanted: 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

Divider Rule Government News...

Government News


The CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention has recently added six new items to their website.


No State news this week


Just a reminder ... The new NIH Biosketch format, she is a comin' (05/25/15). Watch this excellent Emory
podcast on how to put one together

Divider Rule Focus On...
Jacques Normand

Focus On...    
     Jacques Normand flyer
Divider Rule

Funding Opps

July 31 (App)
Sponsor: NIH/NIDA
Advancing Exceptional Research on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse

See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

top Divider Rule pubs

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

Mitchell, Jason W. PhD; Sullivan, Patrick S. PhD HIV-Negative Partnered Men's Attitudes Toward Using an In-Home Rapid HIV Test and Associated Factors Among a Sample of US HIV-Negative and HIV-Discordant Male Couples.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: March 2015 - Volume 42 - Issue 3 - p 123–128.

Calendar Upcoming Events
March 3
12:00 noon
Research Roundtable
An Overview of NeuroAIDS and Aging: Implications for Research
Starring: David E. Vance PhD
    University of Alabama
Sponsor: The Office of Nursing Research
Location: School of Nursing / Boardroom 400

March 3
12:00 noon
Effector CD8 T Cells in acute HIV infection
Starring: Lydie Trautmann, PhD
    PI, Viral Pathogenesis & Therapeutics, VGTI
Sponsor: Yerkes Division of M&I
Location: Bourne Seminar Room

March 4
Vaccine Dinner Club Meeting
Forget your perfect offering, there is a crack, a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in: The crack gets wider... Neutralizing antibodies and an HIV vaccine
Starring: Dennis Burton, PhD
    Scrips Research Institute
Attendance is Free but requires a reservation

March 5
NIDA's HIV/AIDS Research Priorities
Starring: Jacques Normand, PhD
    Director, AIDS Research Program; NIH/NIDA
Location: RSPH/CNR/Klamon Room
Register: Email

March 5
12:00 noon
Accelerating the Development of Vaccines and Immunotherapies for Infectious Diseases, Cancer, and Type 1 Diabetes
Starring: Mark C. Poznansky MD, PhD
    Director, Vaccines & Immunotherapy Center
    Massachusetts General Hospital (East)
Location: Health Science Research Bldg/Auditorium
Hosts: Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology
    Dept. of Pediatrics
Contact: Jaime Robards (404-727-1415)

Divider Rule
Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | 2015 CFAR Science Symposium

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Lawrence P. & Ann Estes Klamon Room
8th FLoor, Claudia Nance Rollins Building, RSPH

Science Symposium Agenda


Divider Rule
CFAR logo

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

Divider Rule
Emory University Center for AIDS Research Emory University Center for AIDS Research