Center For AIDS Research

April 5-12, 2016

The Network News
April 5 - 12, 2015
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"The NFL has warned they might not allow Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium to host any upcoming Super Bowl games if Georgia passes House Bill 757, a proposal to restrict the civil rights of LGBT citizens. What do YOU think?"

"When the NFL is ahead of you on human rights, you've got bigger problems."
(Ron Bouchard, Faucet Craftsman)

From The Onion's March 22, 2016 "American Voices" column.

[Update: On March 28 Governor Deal vetoed HB 757. Read his official reasoning for that here]

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     Kristin Wall

... to Kristin Wall on scoring her first NIH funding!

Have you ever played the board game "Pandemic" in which a team of people work collaboratively, not competitively, to ensure that the limited resources available to halt an alarming pathogen are deployed in a rational way that will optimize their impact?*

We are guessing that Kristin is absolutely aces at Pandemic because determining how to optimize impact through rational distribution of resources is pretty much the central premise of her new K01 on Improving Allocation of Limited HIV Prevention and Treatment Resources in Zambia (K01MH107320).

Specifically, Kristin will investigate the use of a combination of disease modeling, optimization modeling, and quantitative and qualitative health policy methodologies to sort out the most rational (and realistic) approach to allocating Zambia's limited HIV resources so that the people who live there can get maximum benefit from the available evidence-based HIV treatment and prevention interventions.

*BTW: If the answer to that opening question is "No," you really need to fix that. Pandemic is a massively fun method for proving to your friends that public health RULES!

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Happy Birthday

... to Paula Frew (April 1)

Our birthday wish for you is that knowledge and happiness flow from the questions you ask and the answers you find.


     Jim Curran

Blast from the Past Alert!

Thursday, April 7, 2016
9:00p – CNN Cable News Network
CNN Documentary Series – THE EIGHTIES
Featuring an interview with Jim Curran

Through the use of archival material, rarely seen news footage and eyewitness and expert commentary, THE EIGHTIES explores the politics and culture of the decade and features episodes on Reagan, Television, Music, The Cold War ... and AIDS .

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Cases of Ocular Syphilis Sought: Emory System
The state health department and the CDC are monitoring an uptick in cases of ocular syphilis. Kim Workowski reports that she has become aware of 3 cases in the last week alone. Please do two things if you know of a suspected or confirmed case: 1) Contact Kim Workowski; 2) fill out a case report form and submit it to Kathryn Moore at the state health department.
Case Report Form

Recruiter Sought: Exercise Study
Drenna Waldrop-Valverde has an R01 on exercise to improve cognitive function in people with HIV (R01NR014973) that needs to ramp up enrollment so they are hoping to expand their recruiting team. People who know the Grady system would be ideal but they'd be willing to train someone who is unfamiliar with Grady.
Contact Drenna for more information

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Government News


Know someone young?

Sunday, April 10 is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016. Use it to spread the word about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people and celebrate the work young people are doing across the country to respond to the epidemic.

• Read More About It

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The Developmental Core provides support for faculty who are seeking professional development that will bolster their HIV research skills.

Training Workshops on Qualitative Research

Registration is open for 4 workshops on qualitative research taking place at RSPH. Visit their website for information and registration or contact Khaleelah Muwwakkil at or 404-727-3152.

Qualitative Research Methods, May 16-19, 2016.
Registration Fee $750 (Students $650)
This 4 day workshop covers theory and practice of qualitative data collection. It is suitable for anyone involved in designing, conducting, evaluating, training or managing qualitative research. No prerequisites.

Mentored Qualitative Methods, May 20,2016, 9am-12.30pm.
Registration Fee $130.
This half-day workshop enables you to bring your own qualitative research project or proposal and receive expert individual mentoring on qualitative methods specific to your project.

Qualitative Data Analysis, May 24-26, 2016.
Registration Fee $600.
This 2.5 -day workshop integrates theoretical principles, practical skills and hands-on software sessions to conduct rigorous qualitative data analysis.

Mentored Qualitative Analysis, May 26, 2016, 1.30-5pm.
Registration Fee $130.
This half-day workshop enables you to bring your own project and data and receive expert individual mentoring on qualitative data analysis specific to your project.

Contact the CFAR Developmental Core if financial support will be needed to participate
• Join the Qualitative Listserv to hear about upcoming workshops.
Email with "JOIN QUALITATIVE LISTSERVE" in the subject line.

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Funding Opps

Nothing new this week


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
April 6
Vaccine Dinner Club
Selfie Shots: Self-administering Influenza Vaccine Using a Microneedle Patch
See Footlights Section

April 7
ID Seminar
Cellular Immune Responses to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in HIV/TB Co-Infection
Starring: Cheryl L Day, PhD
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

April 11 (Abstract Deadline)
October 17-20 (Meeting)
HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P)
Location: Chicago
Submit an Abstract
Subscribe to newsletter / email organizers

Calendar Farther Down the Road
April 21
The New NIH Rigor & Reproducability Requirements
Location: WMB 317
Register by Wednesday, 3/20

April 20-22
6th Australasian Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics Development Meeting
Location: Brisbane, Australia

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

May 17, 2016 (Abstract Deadline) New Listing
October 26-30, 2016 (Meeting)
IDWeek 2016
Location: New Orleans
Abstract Submission
Travel Awards

June 20-21, 2016
Workshop Towards Real-Time Phylodynamic Tracking of HIV Transmission
Location: Rockville Maryland
More Information


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, April 6

Focus: Way Cool Vaccine Delivery Technology

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

Selfie Shots:
Self-administering Influenza Vaccine Using
a Microneedle Patch


Mark Prausnitz, PhD
Regent's Professor (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering)
Director, Center for Drug Design, Development, and Delivery
Georgia Institute of Technology


Nadine Rouphael, MD
Assistant Professor (Medicine)
Emory School of Medicine


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