Center For AIDS Research

April 28 - May 5, 2015

The Network News
April 28 - May 5, 2015
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    I think they really mean it this time.

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Eric Nehl     

... to Eric Nehl on being named Teacher of the Year in the RSPH Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education (BSHE). When he isn't busy doing a stellar job at helping students develop skills in BSHE Theory, Grant Writing, Applied Quantitative Methods, and the department's Program Planning Capstone, Eric is supported by the CFAR Developmental and Science Cores for his work in network and spatial approaches for HIV prevention targeting high risk MSM.

     Jim Curran

... to CFAR PI Jim Curran on being named a member
of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences ("Cherishing Knowledge, Shaping the Future"). Founded the same year that West Point Commander Benedict Arnold defected to the British and was charged with Treason (1780), the Academy (which did NOT choose to enroll Cmdr Arnold as a charter member) excels at providing authoritative and nonpartisan policy advice to decision-makers in government, academia, and the private sector.
Read the announcement

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Happy Birthday

... to Chinglai Yang (April 28), Ed Mocarski (April 29), Jessica Sales (April 30), Bali Pulendran (May 2) and Aron Lukacher (May 5)

Another year, another fabulous excuse for eating cake.

     Josh Strauss's Image

Josh Strauss (from Liz Wright's lab) really knows his way around CFAR's cryo-electron microscope. Just check out the image he took with it that has been shortlisted for the Office of Postdoctoral Education's 2015 "Best Image" award. Click Here to see all six finalists and vote for Josh's entry plus your other favorite (You get to vote for two). The winners will receive fame, glory, a little bit of moolah, and their images prominantly displayed at OPE's Research Symposium.
Contest Deadline: April 30

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Postdoctoral Scholars Wanted: University of Florida
Josephine Clark-Curtiss and Roy Curtiss III are relocating their lab groups to the University of Florida and are seeking to recruit multiple postdocs.
Read the posting flyer

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Government News


Updated fact sheets on offer at the CDC:
HIV Among People Aged 50 and Over
HIV Among Youth (English Version)
HIV Among Youth (Spanish Version)

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Focus On...    
     Andres Cammacho Gonzalez

The first cohort has been selected for the CFAR at Emory's new NIH-funded "CFAR ADELANTE" mentored research program. The mechanism provides two years of support for up to six research teams who are seeking to reduce HIV/AIDS health disparites in the Hispanic/Latino community.

Research teams are composed of a post doc or junior faculty member (PI), a senior mentor from one of the 19 NIH-funded CFARs around the country (CFAR Mentor), and a staff member at a CBO that serves the Hispanic/Latino community (Collaborating Partner).

The class of 2015-2017 includes:

PI:     Andres Camacho-Gonzalez, MD, MSc (Emory University)
CFAR Mentor:     Rana Chakraborty (Emory University)
Collaborating Partner:     Neena Smith-Bankhead (AID Atlanta)
Project:     The Georgia Latino AIDS/HIV Diagnosis and Linkage in Youth (GLADLY) project

PI:     Suzanne Grieb, PhD, MSPH (Johns Hopkins)
CFAR Mentor:     Deanna Kerrigan, PhD (Johns Hopkins)
Collaborating Partner:     Milagros Garrido, MS (Healthy Teen Network [Baltimore])
Project:     Leveraging Latino immigrant social networks to reduce HIV-related stigma

PI:     Marco Hidalgo, PhD (Northwestern University)
CFAR Mentor:     Jesus Ramirez-¬≠Valles, PhD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Collaborating Partner:     Jorge Cestou, MBA (Vida-¬≠SIDA [Chicago])
Project:     PrEP engagement among Latino MSM and Latina Transgender Women in Chicago

PI:     Mercedes Morales-Alemán, PhD (Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham)
CFAR Mentor:     Michael Saag, MD (UAB)
Collaborating Partner:     Jean Hernandez, M.A (AIDS Alabama)
Project:     Examination of adolescent Latina's sexual health and HIV preventive service needs

PI:     Kiyomi Tsuyuki, PhD MPH (Univ. of California, San Diego)
CFAR Mentor:     Anita Raj, PhD (UCSD)
Collaborating Partner:     Claudia A. Huerta, MS (Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest)
Project:     Entre Fronteras: Substance use, sexual risk, and HIV in heterosexual Latino men

PI:     Nina Yamanis, Ph.D. (American University)
CFAR Mentor:     Maria Cecilia Zea, Ph.D. (George Washington University)
Collaborating Partner:     Suyanna Barker, Dr. Sc. (La Clínica del Pueblo)
Project:     A pilot legal intervention to increase HIV service use among immigrant Latino MSM
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Funding Opps


May 14 (LOI)
Sponsor: amfAR
Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research

June 5 (App)
Sponsor: Emory Global Health Institute
Combating Childhood Illness Seed Grant Program

July 28 (App)
Sponsor: Multiple NIH Inst.
NIH-PEPFAR Collaboration on Implementation Science for HIV: Towards an AIDS-free Generation


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Vaughan AS, Kelley CF, Luisi N, Del Rio C, Sullivan PS, Rosenberg ES. An application of propensity score weighting to quantify the causal effect of rectal sexually transmitted infections on incident HIV among men who have sex with men.
BMC Med Res Methodol. 2015 Mar 21;15(1):25

Chow JY, Alsan M, Armstrong W, Del Rio C, Marconi VC. Risk factors for AIDS-defining illnesses among a population of poorly adherent people living with HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, Georgia.
AIDS Care. 2015 Feb 9:1-5. [Epub ahead of print]

Calendar Upcoming Events
April 28
HOPE Webinar
Atherosclerosis and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction in HIV-infected Patients
Starring: Janet Lo, M.D.
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 4/28

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

April 30
ID Seminar
Estimating HIV-1 Incidence Using the Limiting Antigen Avidity Assay
Starring: John N Nkengasong, PhD (CDC)
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

May 1
8:50am - 6:30pm
6th Biennial MMG Student Organized Symposium: "Frontiers in Microbial Pathogenesis"
Location: WHSCAB
Full agenda

HIV-related talks:
Giorgio Trinchieri, M.D. (NIH)
Cancer as a disease of the symbiont/metaorganism

A.M. William Jacobs, Ph.D. (Einstein)
On the Road to Edward Jenner's Revenge: Vaccines for TB with Lessons from Herpes Viruses

Todd Allen, Ph.D. (Harvard) CFAR sponsored speaker
HIV-Specific Cellular and Humoral Immunity in BLT Humanized Mice

Calendar Farther Down the Road
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
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 | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, May 6

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

In Flew Enza:
Influenza Vaccination ...
Past, Present, and Future Challenges


Nancy Cox, PhD
Director (retired)
CDC Influenza Division


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