Center For AIDS Research

May 12 - 19, 2015

The Network News
May 12-19, 2015
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"I hope you're hungry, because it's time to go out there and swallow the world. That's a great big meal and you'll need a big appetite. ... Because, there it is, out there, the grand and appalling human reality — its elation, its despondency, its danger, its dentistry. Be greedy for it. Grab great handfuls of it and stuff it in your pockets, your mouths, or wherever you most like stuffing things."

--Salman Rushdie, to Emory's graduating class of 2015

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Kehmia Titanji     

... to the Emory University Research Committee (URC) for investing in the career of Kehmia Titanji (Instructor, SOM/Medicine) by providing her first funding in HIV/AIDS research! With support from the CFAR Immunology and Clinical Cores, Kehmia will investigate the possibility that Zoledronic Acid (ZA) can show as much talent for calming down misbehaving B cells (who have a lot to answer for in the damage they cause through systemic inflammation) as ZA has always had for preventing bone fractures in mice and men.
Read Kehmia's project abstract

     Paula Frew

... to the steering committee of the Early Career Prevention Network (ECPN) of the Society for Prevention Research for awarding Paula Frew (Asst. Professor (SOM/Medicine) their 2015 ECPN John B. Reid Early Career Award in recognition of her impressive and ongoing contributions to advancing the field of prevention science in HIV/AIDS.

Joshua Strauss     

... to the Fans of CFAR who pushed Josh Strauss's cryo-electron image over the top in voting for the Office of Postdoc Education's "Best Image 2015" award. He won!!

But wait, there's more! Josh ALSO recently received notice of his first ever NIH funding. Josh's F32 funding is for the 'Structural analysis of tetherin-mediated HIV restriction' (1F32GM112517-01). Congratulations to Josh!
Read the project abstract

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Happy Birthday

... to Melissa Bothwell (May 11), Jeb Jones (May 15), Donna Hess (May 15), Martha Rogers (May 16) and Cindy Gaillard (May 17)

Another year, another fabulous excuse for eating cake.

     Raymond Schinazi

The most recent issue of Science includes a really interesting Jon Cohen article titled "King of the Pills." It is a feature story about CFAR's HIV Reservoirs and Eradication SWG Director, Raymond Schinazi. As Raymond said when passing the link along: "The saga continues. The last chapter has not been written yet. It will be the best." We have no doubt about that!
Read the article

Drenna Waldrop-Valverde     Becky Gary     

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, right? Of course they do. The problem, as SEATEC's Felicia Guest likes to say, isn't that it is hard to know what to do, it's just hard to do what you know. But with new funding from NIH NINR, "Healing Hearts, Mending Minds in Older Persons with HIV" (1R01NR014973-01), Drenna Waldrop-Valverde and Becky Gary are out to objectively measure whether changing that through a home-based aerobic exercise intervention can have a positive impact on the cardiovascular and neurocognitive function of people aging with HIV.
Read the project abstract
And the cherry on top? The R01 is based partly on funding that Becky received through a Developmental Core mechanism to bring senior scientists into AIDS research.

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Masters- & Doctoral-level Fellows Wanted: CDC NCHHSTP
The CDC Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP)is hiring three Fellows; one for each of the following priority areas: (1) health care data systems, (2) analysis of large data sets, and (3) reporting and use of data for program improvement.
Read the posting

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Government News

No Government News This Week



Divider Rule Focus On... CFAR Prevention Science Core Training

Focus On...    

The CFAR Prevention Science Core will be conducting another Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling training course on May 26-28th, 2015.

Click Here to Register

Registration for the course will end at the close of business May 22nd, 2015.

Contact Anthony McWilliams with questions

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Funding Opps


Jul 29 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIAID
Consortia for Innovative AIDS Research in Nonhuman Primates

Aug 14 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIMH
Developmental AIDS Research Center on Mental Health and HIV/AIDS


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.

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

Kilembe W, Wall KM, Mokgoro M, Mwaanga A, Dissen E, Kamusoko M, Phiri H, Sakulanda J, Davitte J, Reddy T, Brockman M, Ndung'u T, Allen S. Knowledge of HIV Serodiscordance, Transmission, and Prevention among Couples in Durban, South Africa.
PLoS One. 2015 Apr 20;10(4):e0124548

Kwa S, Sadagopal S, Shen X, Hong JJ, Gangadhara S, Basu R, Victor B, Iyer SS, LaBranche CC, Montefiori DC, Tomaras GD, Villinger F, Moss B, Kozlowski PA, Amara RR. CD40L-Adjuvanted DNA/Modified Vaccinia Virus Ankara Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) Vaccine Enhances Protection against Neutralization-Resistant Mucosal SIV Infection.
J Virol. 2015 Apr 15;89(8):4690-5

Spaulding A, Kim MJ, T Corpening K, Carpenter T, Watlington P, J Bowden C. Establishing an HIV Screening Program Led by Staff Nurses in a County Jail.
J Public Health Manag Pract. 2014 Nov 25
Also discussed in an ASPH Member Research and Reports

Swartzendruber A, Sales JM, Brown JL, DiClemente RJ, Rose E. Comparison of Substance Use Typologies as Predictors of Sexual Risk Outcomes in African American Adolescent Females.
Arch Sex Behav. 2015 May 1

Calendar Upcoming Events
HOPE Webinar
Tuberculosis: Selected Updates and Open-Forum for Discussion"
Starring: Rocio Hurtado, M.D.
   (Mass Gen)
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 5/12

HOPE Webinar
Effects of Stigma Reduction Workshops in a New Jersey-Based HIV Clinic: A Pilot Study
Starring: Ann D. Bagchi, PhD, BSN, RN
Focus: Nurses
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 5/13

May 13
EVC Special Seminar
Imaging the evolution of T cell responses to infection
Starring: Scott N. Mueller, PhD, ARC (Univ. of Melbourne)
Location: Yerkes / Bourne Seminar Room

May 14
ID Seminar
How Do You Know You Have Made a Policy Difference? The Cost-Effectiveness of HIV Care and Prevention
Starring: Rochelle P Walensky, MD, MPH (Harvard)
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

May 14
LGBT Health Disparities: What's Neighborhood Got To Do With It?
Starring: Dustin T. Duncan, ScD (NYU)
Location: RSPH / CNR / 4001
RSVP: Email Ashley Mastin by Noon on May 13
Seminar Flyer

May 14
International Research: General Considerations
Sponsor: Emory IRB
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 5/14

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

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day Webinar
Vaccines in Vivo: Advances in AIDS Vaccine Research
Sponsor: AVAC
Information and Registration

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

Calendar Farther Down the Road
May 28
Postdoc Research Symposium

July 15 (Abstract Deadline)
October 13-16 (Conference)
NHP Symposium
33rd Annual Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS
Location: Monterey, CA
Abstract Submission Information

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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No Upcoming CFAR Seminars to Report


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Editor, Kimberley (Kimbi) Sessions Hagen, EdD

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