Center For AIDS Research

April 14-21, 2015

The Network News
April 14-21, 2015
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#IAmAScientistBecause there are moments when I learn something in the lab and think ... I'm the only human that knows this right now!
Brian D. Ackley @DrWorms

#IAmAScientistBecause regular jobs are so boring.
Jon Tennant @Protohedgehog

#IAmAScientistBecause why should boys have all the fun?
Renellys Perez @MotherAtSea

Why are you a scientist? Tweet @NewsFromScience.

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And speaking of girls who just wanna have fun ...

Kudos ...
     Kateena AAddae-Konadu

... to Kateena Lovely Addae-Konadu, MD of Morehouse School of Medicine on being inches from her combined PhD (Biomedical Sciences) and MSCR. Yee Ha!!! With the support of the CFAR Clinical Core and her adviser Craig Bond, Kateena will defend her dissertation work on "HIV-1 Infected Cells Release Exosomes That Induce Dysregulation in Innate and Adaptive Immune Cells" THIS week (April 17).
Read her related publication

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Happy Birthday

... to Jeff Lennox (April 14), Darcy White (April 17), Andrew Miller (April 18), Kate Finneran (April 18), and Minh Nguyen (April 19)

Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.

     Henry Blumberg

Major Oops. Feeling a bit short of breath here.
In looking back over earlier editions of Network News we realize that we neglected to report that Hank Blumberg has received new funding for the Role of Antigen-Specific T Cell Responses in the Control of TB (1U19AI111211-01) as part of a newly funded Emory-led unit of NIAID's Tuberculosis Research Units Program (TBRU). Emory's TBRU funding is for 7 years ($18.7M).
OK, breathing easier now.
Read the Emory Report article

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bulletin board

Program Associates Wanted: PRISM Health
Prism Health, which works in collaboration with the CFAR Prevention Science Core, is looking to hire a few good people at the Program Associate and Program Associate, Sr. level to oversee and implement a collection of initiatives, many of which will provide support for CFAR activities.
Read the Job Postings for:
Program Associate
Program Associate, Sr.

Data Analyst Wanted: PRISM Health
Prism Health is seeking detail-oriented data manager/analysts to support multiple projects, including a website to visualize infectious diseases epidemics in the United States and NIH-supported cohort studies that are studying the HIV epidemic among MSM in Atlanta.
Read the Job Posting

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Government News


Erratum: The emailed version of this newsletter mistakenly attributed publication of the "Guidelines for Use of Antretroviral Agents in HIV-1-infected Adults and Adolescents" to the CDC. DHHS actually publishes those guidelines (see below).


The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued an update to its "Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents."
Read a summary of the key updates


NIH is asking investiagors "to electronically report any publications found in Table 1 of the RPPR which were previously reported using the paper 2590 process or as part of a competing renewal application. This transitional, one-time measure to report each publication electronically in the RPPR ensures that NIH systems can store all appropriate award-publication associations."
Read the full notice

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     Jacque Muther's Memory Quilt

If you know someone with HIV who has ever received care at any of Georgia's Ryan White-funded clinics -- including the Ponce Center, home of the CFAR Clinical Core -- and/or has relied on the Georgia AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to provide their medications, you know someone who has been the direct beneficiary of Jacque Muther's 30+ years of work in the political trenches as an HIV/AIS grant writer, advocate, and public policy gadfly.

To celebrate her upcoming retirement this May (boo! hiss!), Jacque commissioned long time survivor (25+ years) Juanita Williams to make a quilt from the collection of T-shirts that Jacque amassed during three decades of attendance at political rallies, fundraisers, organizational meetings, gala celebrations, and other HIV-related events.

Each panel sparks a potent memory related to Jacque's determined battle to force the state of Georgia to provide and allocate the resources needed to undergird our collective responsibility to protect and care for people with AIDS.

As Rep. John Lewis (D | GA) said in honoring Jacque at the White House in 2006: "Her service and advocacy are rooted deeply in her strong sense of justice and wherever she goes she is a compassionate and effective voice for the urgent need for the nation to redouble its commitment to [people with AIDS]."

Retiring won't be easy. As Jacque says: "It is a little difficult to walk away while the epidemic is still so out of control. I never imagined in the early 1980s that we would still be waging this war at this point."

But waging it we still are and as long as there is a CFAR at Emory, wage it we will. So if YOU want to see a warm, cozy reminder of why we do the research work we do, the quilt is currently on display at the Ponce Center.

Read / Listen to the story on WABE.

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Funding Opps

April 20 (LOI)
Sponsor: CFAR
Admin Supplements
Multiple Research Foci


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Yu, Tianwei; Bai, Yun. Network-based modular latent structure analysis.
BMC bioinformatics. 2014; 15 Suppl 13 S6

Haddad LB, Feldacker C, Jamieson DJ, Tweya H, Cwiak C, Chaweza T, Mlundira L, Chiwoko J, Samala B, Kachale F, Bryant AG, Hosseinipour MC, Stuart GS, Hoffman I, Phiri S. Pregnancy Prevention and Condom Use Practices among HIV-Infected Women on Antiretroviral Therapy Seeking Family Planning in Lilongwe, Malawi.
PLoS One. 2015 Mar 26;10(3):e0121039

Spaulding AC, Sharma A, Messina LC, Zlotorzynska M, Miller L, Binswanger IA. A Comparison of Liver Disease Mortality with HIV and Overdose Mortality Among Georgia Prisoners and Releasees: A 2-Decade Cohort Study of Prisoners Incarcerated in 1991.
Am J Public Health. 2015 Mar 19:e1-e7. [Epub ahead of print]

Montgomery BE, Rompalo A, Hughes J, Wang J, Haley D, Soto-Torres L, Chege W, Justman J, Kuo I, Golin C, Frew P, Mannheimer S, Hodder S. Violence Against Women in Selected Areas of the United State.
Am J Public Health. 2015 Mar 19:e1-e11. [Epub ahead of print]

Vanpouille C, Lisco A, Grivel JC, Bassit LC, Kauffman RC, Sanchez J, Schinazi RF, Lederman MM, Rodriguez B, Margolis. Valacyclovir Decreases Plasma HIV-1 RNA in HSV-2 Seronegative Individuals: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Crossover Trial.
Clin Infect Dis. 2015 Mar 3. pii: civ172. [Epub ahead of print]

Calendar Upcoming Events
April 14
HOPE Webinar
HIV Dermatology: A Case-based Approach
Starring: Esther E. Freeman MD PhD
   (Mass Gen)
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 4/14

April 15
Emory Core Week Talk
Insights into Viral Structure from Cryo-electron Microscopy
Starring: Liz Wright, PhD
Location: SOM, Room 153A

April 16
ID Seminar
1) Research in Progress: Microbiome Composition and Female Genital Tract Compartmental Antiretroviral Drug Exposure in HIV-Infected Women
Starring: Renee Donahue Carlson, MD
   2nd Year ID Fellow
2) 200 Days with the 100 Day Cough
Starring: Varun Phadke, MD
   2nd Year ID Fellow
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

April 16
CFAR Network Pizza Party
see Footlights section below

April 17 (Abstract Deadline)
December 6-9 (Conference)
2015 HIV Prevention Conference
Accelerating Progress
Location: Hyatt Regency & Marriott Marquis; Atlanta
Abstract Submission Information

April 21
Dissertation Defense
HIV prevention in transnational communities: Developing a model of trust and social influence among immigrant Latinos in North Carolina
Starring: Aaron Vissman, MPH
Location: RSPH/CNR/4001
Read his Abstract

April 21 New Listing
HIV Prevention by Antiretroviral Prophylaxis: What Macaque Models Taught Us
Starring: Walid Heneine, PhD
   Chief, Laboratory Branch
   Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, CDC
Location: Yerkes / Bourne Seminar Room

Calendar Farther Down the Road
April 29
HOPE Webinar
HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: Shifting the Epidemic
Starring: Jeffrey Kwong, DNP, MPH, ANP-BC
Focus: Nurses
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 4/29

May 17-19 (Conference)
Italian Conference on AIDS and Retroviruses
Location: Riccione, Italy

May 18-21
50th Annual USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium
Public Health Diversity: Succeeding in a Flatter World
Location: Sheraton Atlanta

October 5 (Abstract Deadline)
December 6-10 (Conference)
Frontiers in Drug Development for Viral Hepatitis
Location: Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Abstract Submission Information

October 28-30: Save the Date
SNSRN 2015
Integrating Social, Behavioral, and Biomedical Strategies: The Future of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Research
Host: Johns Hopkins University CFAR
Location: Baltimore


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | CFAR Network Pizza Party - Thursday, April 16

     Pizza Party log

Meeting Host:
HIV Eradication & Reservoirs
Scientific Working Group

Count Me In!
Click Here to Register


John Mellors HIV Cure:
Hype or Hope?

John W. Mellors, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division Infectious Diseases
Director, HIV/AIDS Program
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Ann Chahroudi Push and Vanish:
Targeting HIV Persistence in Long-lived CD4+ Memory T Cells

Ann Chahroudi, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor (Pediatrics/Infectious Disease)
Emory School of Medicine

Christina Gavegnano Delicate Dance:
The Role of Jak Inhibitors in Controlling HIV-induced Inflammation

Christina Gavegnano, PhD
Assistant Professor (Pediatrics)
Emory School of Medicine

RSPH/GCR, Rita Anne Rollins Room (8th Floor)

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 their seats

8:00 — Adjourn for more networking and a dissection of the evening's trio of talks


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