Center For AIDS Research

November 24 - December 1, 2015

The Network News
November 24 - December 1, 2015
     What Are You Thankful For?

Turkey and cranberry sauce? Your friends? Your work? Your dog Phred? That we have treatments for HIV that didn't exist 10 years ago?

Click here to record (anonymously) what YOU are thankful for in 2015.

We will compile the list and report it in next week's Network News.

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    Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin     David Lynn
Leah Mann & Ela Lamblin
David Lynn

... One thing WE are thankful for is the commitment of the people who have been the driving force behind the WAD events at Emory and Morehouse this year. These include Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin (founders of the super awesome AMAZING Lela Vision) and David Lynn of the Emory Chemistry Department.

Read a press release about WAD 2015

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Happy Birthday

... to Susan Ray (November 26), Patrick Sullivan (November 28), Lace DePadilla (November 29), and Anne Spaulding (November 29)

What are we thankful for this Thanksgiving season? YOU!!

In other news, the National CFAR Community Advisory Board Coalition (NCCC) has announced the launch of it's first NCCC website. The NCCC strives to be a resource for CFAR community advisory boards (CABs) nationwide and to help build strong community and academic partnerships.
• Check out the new website.

Want a bios skill set tuneup?
Enroll now in a Biostatistics for Translational Research course being held spring semester. The course is part of the curriculum in the Certificate Program in Translational Research in the Laney Graduate School. Tuition awards are not available, but faculty and postdocs may be eligible for the Emory Courtesy Scholarship if employed at least one year. The course meets on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:50 p.m. for all of Spring semester. For more information and instructions on how to enroll, contact Laura Donnelly (

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Host Site Sought: HIVMA Clinical Fellow
Application Deadline: End of December

HIVMA Fellows are matched with mentors and host institutions that can provide a variety of HIV clinical experiences in both inpatient and outpatient care over a year long fellowship. There are two candidates in the Atlanta region who are searching for a mentor and host institution to partner with.
• More information -- contact Nathan Danskey at

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Government News


Effective with applications to NIH submitted on or after January 25, 2016, new criteria are being added to the standard NIH review. These new criteria will evaluate scientific rigor and transparency in proposed projects.

• Read More About It

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Focus On...    

Check out the World AIDS Day events taking place at Fulton County, Emory, and Morehouse:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

8:30am - Unveiling: Strategy to End AIDS in Fulton County New Listing
Our Time is Now
Dazon Dixon-Diallo and Wendy Armstrong, Co-Chairs of the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS, invite you to join them as the Fulton County Task Force on AIDS unveils the first stage of its strategy to end HIV/AIDS in Fulton County.
Location: Fulton County Govt Center. Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St
More Information

10:00am - WAD at Emory
Common Ground Collective, Emory Dance, Moving in the Spirit, Lelavision
Location: Emory Science Commons, 1515 Dickey Dr

11:30am - Ethics Panel
"Stigma and Disease: Can We Eradicate HIV/AIDS?"
Location: Ethics Commons 102, 1531 Dickey Dr

12:00 - Academic Talk New Listing
Memory CD4+ T cell Subset-Specific Responses to HIV Latency Reversing Agents: Implications for Eradication Strategies
Starring: Deanna Kulpa, PhD (Southern Reseach Institute)
Sponsored by: Laboratory of Biochemical Pharmacology and CFAR
Location: Auditorium: Health Sciences Research Building

7:00pm - Finale Rally
Morehouse Steppers, Common Ground Collective, Emory Dance, Moving in the Spirit, Lelavision, Okorie Johnson
Location: Morehouse Sale Hall, 830 Westview Dr SW

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

6:00pm - Vaccine Dinner Club
It Takes a Village: Progress and Challenges in Vaccine Approaches to HIV Prevention
Starring: Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH (Columbia University)
Register to attend the VDC meeting
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Funding Opps


Nothing new this week


December 22
Sponsor: Emory
Two-year award
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) provides 75% protected effort plus research funding.

January 25

Sponsor: Pepper Centers and the combined CFARs
HIV and Aging
Co-funded award
Note: The RFA indicates that a collaborating CFAR must contribute $10K to the award; the Emory CFAR will contribute $20K


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


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Recent Pubs
linked to the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Holstad MM, Spangler S, Higgins M, Dalmida SG, Sharma S. Psychosocial Characteristics Associated with Both Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence and Risk Behaviors in Women Living with HIV. AIDS Behav. 2015 Oct 9.
PMID: 26452670

Vagenas, Panagiotis; Zelenev, Alexei; Altice, Frederick L; Di Paola, Angela; Jordan, Alison O; Teixeira, Paul A; Frew, Paula M; Spaulding, Anne C; Springer, Sandra A. HIV-infected men who have sex with men, before and after release from jail: the impact of age and race, results from a multi-site study. AIDS care. 2015 Aug 14; 1-10.
PMID: 26275122

Calendar Upcoming Events
November 24
HOPE Webinar
The Bedaquiline Journey
   Francesca Conradie, MD (University of Witwatersrand)
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 11/24

December 1
See Focus section

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

Calendar Farther Down the Road
December 2 New Listing
"Meet the Funders" talk
The RWJF and the Culture of Health
starring: Alonzo Plough
   Chief Science Officer, RWJF
Location: GCR/RAR
RSVP to Ashley Mastin (

December 2
Vaccine Dinner Club
It Takes a Village: Progress and Challenges in Vaccine Approaches to HIV Prevention
Starring: Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH
Register to attend the meeting

December 5-6
10th International Workshop on HIV Transmission
Location: Decatur (Courtyard Marriott)

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

January 29, 2016 (Registration & Abstracts)
October 17-20 (Conference)
HIV4RP 2016
Location: Chicago

February 18, 2016 New Listing
Innovative Uses of Technology in HIV Clinical Trials
Location: Newark, NJ

March 30
Conference New Listing
Society for Behavioral Medicine
Location: Washington, DC

March 29-31, 2016
World Vaccine Congress 2016
Location: Washington (Grand Hyatt)

May 15-17, 2016
6th International Conference on Primate Genomics
Location: Potomac Maryland
Abstract Submission Information


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, December 2

Focus: Basic Science

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

It Takes a Village:
Progress and Challenges in Vaccine Approaches to HIV Prevention


Magdalena Sobieszczyk, MD, MPH
Associate Professor (Medicine / Infectious Diseases)
PI, Columbia HVTN and ACTG Clinical Research Site
Columbia University


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