Center For AIDS Research

October 13-20, 2015

The Network News
October 13-20, 2015
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SEATEC buttons     

Produced by Felicia Guest, circa 1988. To be worn and distributed by the staff of the Emory AIDS Training Network (later SEATEC: the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center)
See Focus article

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... to the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) for showing excellent sense in their BoD selections.

     HIVMA board members

This picture, taken at IDWeek 2015, shows -- from left to right -- outgoing HIVMA Board member Melanie Thompson, outgoing HIVMA Chair Ada Adimora from the UNC CFAR, incoming HIVMA Chair Carlos del Rio, and incoming HIVMA Chair-elect Wendy Armstrong. Yep, you read that right -- the Chair of HIVMA will be an Emory person for the next two years and a person from the Southeastern USA for three years running. As Carlos says: "Having a strong Southeastern contingent has been, and will continue to be, very important to having HIVMA address many issues relevant to the Southern AIDS epidemic."

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Happy Birthday

... to Drenna Waldrop-Valverde (October 18)

Picture in your head exactly what you want for your birthday this year .... What a coincidence, that's what we want for you too!


     Claire Sterk

Claire Sterk has new K12 funding for Emory's first ever Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) award. An extremely prestigious grant, Emory will join a handful of other universities in providing NIH-funded career development training and support for early career investigators interested in women's health research and sex/gender science, with a specific focus on training racial/ethnic minority candidates.
Read More About It (1K12HD085850-01)
Apply for funding through Emory BIRCWH

Smita Iyer     Christina Gavegnano    
Smita Iyer
Christina Gavegnano

And speaking of future leaders in women's health research, Smita Iyer ("Single-cell transcriptional profiling of HIV target CCR5+ α4β7+ CD4 T cells in the female genital tract") and Christina Gavegnano ("Defining the viral reservoir and factors driving reservoir persistence and reactivation in HIV-infected women") have just had project proposals approved for research by the national Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS).
Submit a proposal to the Emory WIHS


On another highly related note, the White House has recently announced that PEPFAR is investing almost half a Billion dollars to prevent and treat HIV in adolescent girls and young women within 10 sub-Saharan countries in Africa.
Read More About It

Nina Martinez    

And on the subject of women with HIV, we recently heard from Nina Martinez, who wrote:
"Who doesn't love good news? (blocking out all things adverse tiering and price gouging...). On October 25th, I'll be running the 40th Marine Corps Marathon to benefit The Grassroot Project. (it'll be running me, but that's ok!)"

"That'll be a different "day with HIV" than this one (that's the by-product of 8 years of AZT + 2 years of running (4 half-marathons!). That day will mark 11,772 days... 32 years, 2 months, 23 days -- praise the T-cells. Pending race survival, I'll be speaking with Ken Bridbord's wife's (my former professor at Georgetown) class the following day. I wonder how they'll feel about expedited partner therapy, recently discussed in October's issue of the journal STD? (hey, who co-wrote that paper? also a rare phenomenon)."
Sign up to live track Nina during her run


Last, but not least, the WIHS/CFAR Women's Research Interest Group
would like to invite YOU to lunch!
Thursday, October 22 (1:00 - 2:30), 1599 bldg/Rm 5C
Read the Agenda
RSVP to Sara Sanford (
This is a great opportunity for pre-doctoral students (dissertation research opportunities!), postdoctoral students (research projects!) and faculty (publications using data from the largest and longest running study of women and HIV in the country!)

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HIV+ Volunteers Wanted: Emory-CDC HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit
The ACTU is seeking to assess the safety and tolerability of sirolimus in people with HIV infection who are also being treated with HIV medications. Specifically, they want to see if sirolimus will decrease inflammation and immune activation, change the level of HIV detectable in blood; and how sirolimus interacts with ART in the blood.
Read the study flyer

More HIV+ Volunteers Wanted: Emory-CDC HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Unit
The main purpose of this study is to see if intensification with Maraviroc (MVC) and Dolutegravir (DTG) will improve neurocognitive performance and functioning in subjects who have at least mild neurocognitive impairment and an undetectable viral load. Safety and tolerability of MVC and DTG, when added to a stable ART regimen, and the effect of the study drugs on markers in the blood and spinal fluid will also be studied.
Read the study flyer

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Government News


On September 30 the WHO announced that Everyone who has HIV should be on triple therapy and that Everyone at "substantial risk" for HIV should be on PrEP. Previous guidelines defined "substantial risk" around behaviors (e.g. MSM, injecting drug users, sex workers). The new guidelines acknowledge that some people ("particularly adolescent girls in sub-Saharan Africa") are at substantial risk simply because of who they are and where they live.
Read the new WHO Guidelines

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Focus On...    
     Kathy Miner     Felecia Guest     Robin Swift
Kathy Miner
Felicia Guest
Robin Swift




In 1988, when EATN Founding Mothers Kathy Miner (PI), Felicia Guest, and Robin Yeager Swift were first funded by HRSA for the Emory AIDS Training Network (EATN) [later SEATEC -- the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center] Emory University was a far different place than it is today. For example, there were less than 15 R01-funded investigators doing HIV/AIDS research at Emory and some (now retired) university officials were so skittish about having the university publically associated with HIV that the AIDS Training Network was not allowed a sign for its office (a small brick bungalow at 1518 Clifton Rd, where the Grace Crum Rollins building now stands) and its phone number appeared in the Atlanta telephone directory as "AIDS Training Network, Emory" as a way of ensuring that the listing was sequesterd in a separate section of the book from the rest of Emory's phone numbers.

That didn't stop the staff from doing important work though. At a time when 99.9% of all practicing health care providers had graduated from school before the advent of the AIDS epidemic, EATN medical educators began sallying forth to provide clinical education, calm fears, and acknowledge the psychic toll that the emerging epidemic was taking on health care providers whose patients in that pre-HAART era died no matter how hard they tried to prevent it.

For the next 27 years SEATEC was continuously-funded as a Regional AIDS Education and Training Center in the HRSA HIV/AIDS Ryan White Program. EATN/SEATEC staff -- health educators and clinical teachers -- provided HIV-specific training and consultation to over 100,000 clinicians and health care professionals in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. As part of the national HIV/AIDS strategy, SEATEC targeted physicians, midlevel clinicians, nurses, oral health professionals, pharmacists, and other health professionals who provide life saving care to HIV-infected and at-risk persons, focusing especially on those serving minority, underserved, rural, and incarcerated populations. SEATEC staff are particularly proud of their work on the national Minority AIDS Initiative.

It is with GREAT regret that CFAR announces that SEATEC has closed its doors.

Many SEATEC staff received their education at Emory institutions and subsequently taught at the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health. SEATEC clinicians have cared for patients at the Ponce Clinic and other Emory clinical sites.

As SEATEC staff disperse, please think of ongoing or new projects that would benefit from experienced colleagues who may be available, looking for full-time jobs or consultancies. SEATEC's Prinicipal Investigator, Ira Schwartz ( would be glad to connect CFAR colleagues to the right person.

Note to clinicians and AIDS Service Organization staffers: Key Contacts has been transferred to the CFAR and will continue to be published online and, if funds are available, in hardcopy.

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Funding Opps


Nothing new this week


October 30, 2015
Sponsor: NIH CFAR
Creative and Novel Ideas in HIV Research (CNIHR)

November 1, 2015
Sponsor: Yerkes
ERASE AIDS Pilot Awards

December 22, 2015
Sponsor: BIRCWH
Mentored Career Development in Women's Health Research

January 11, 2015
Sponsor: NIH/NIAID
Characterization of Mycobacterial Induced Immunity in HIV-infected and Uninfected Individuals

March 1, 2016
Sponsor: ACTSI
KL2 Pilot Awards


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


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Recent Pubs
linked to the CFAR grant
(P30 26379070)

Wall KM, Kilembe W, Haddad L, Vwalika B, Lakhi S, Htee Khu N, Brill I, Chomba E, Mulenga J, Tichacek A, Allen S. Hormonal contraception, pregnancy, breastfeeding and risk of HIV disease progression among Zambian women. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Sep 12.
PMID: 26379070

Calendar Upcoming Events
October 13
HOPE Webinar
Update on Antiretroviral Therapy: Current Treatment Guidelines and What's on the Horizon
   Rajesh Gandhi, MD (Mass Gen)
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 10/13

October 15
ID Seminar
Parasites and Undernutrition: Facilitators of Mycobacterium leprae Transmission and Morbidity or Innocent Bystanders?
Starring: Jessica K Fairley, MD, MPH
    (Director, Emory Hansen's Disease Program)
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

October 15
CFAR Network Pizza Party
HIV Stigma
Host: CFAR Prevention Science Core
Details: See "Footlights" section

Calendar Farther Down the Road
October 22
1:00 - 2:30
Lunch n' Learn
WIHS/CFAR Women's Research Interest Group
Location: 1599 Bldg/Rm 5C
Read the Agenda
RSVP to Sara Sanford (

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

October 29
November 5
11:30am - 1:30pm
Social Occasion
Faculty and Staff Lunch
As a means to foster casual and social interaction, collaboration and community, the Emory Faculty Club Planning Committee has arranged with the Emory Dining Office to establish a new program for faculty and staff to enjoy lunch together
Location: Winship Ballroom, the DUC
Cost: $7 plus tax, All you can eat
• Pay at register at top of spiral staircase

December 1, December 8 New listing
11:00 - 1:00pm
2-class series Grant Writing Workshop
For ACTSI KL2 & BIRCWH K12 applicants`
Instructor: Janet Gross
Really Important Information

December 6-9
2015 National HIV Prevention Conference
Accelerating Progress: Prevent Infections. Strengthen Care. Reduce Disparities
Location: Atlanta (Hyatt Regency & Marriott Marquis)

December 6-10
Frontiers in Drug Development for Viral Hepatitis
Location: Wailea, Maui, Hawaii
Abstract Submission Information


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | CFAR Network Pizza Party - Thursday, October 15

     Pizza Party log

Meeting Host:
CFAR Prevention Science Core

Count Me In!
Click Here to Register


Mark Hatzenbuehler Endurance Challenge:
Structural Stigma, HIV Risk, and the Health of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations

Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, PhD
Co-Director, Ctr. for the Study of Social Inequalities and Health
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University

Cynthia Grossman Making it Better:
Perspectives from a NIMH Program Officer on Advancing HIV Stigma Research

Cynthia Grossman, PhD
Chief, HIV Care Engagement and Secondary Prevention Program
Division of AIDS Research, NIMH
National Institutes of Health

Aaron Siegler Surprise!
Talk Title TBA

Aaron Siegler, PhD, MHS
Assistant Research Professor (Epidemiology)
Rollins School of Public Health

RSPH/CNR, Auditorium and Plaza

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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