Center For AIDS Research

April 12-19, 2016

The Network News
April 12 - 19, 2015
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     US Map

See map* at right. As you can clearly see, it turns out that Atlanta is actually in Louisiana, right next to East Virginia and directly south of Wyoming.

Who knew?

P.S. Keep an eye on Canada -- it looks to be heading our way.



*This is one of the submissions after 15 Londoners were asked to label a map of the United States.

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     Ann Chahroudi

... to Ann Chahroudi on scoring her first NIH R01!

This is what we know about HIV ... CD8+ T cells can control HIV replication, even in the absence of antiretroviral therapy (ART), but they don't eradicate it. Intruigingly though, CD8+ cells appear to act in concert with ART to maintain virus suppression (at least in SIV-infected rhesus macaques).

How do they DO that?

The new R01 (1R01AI125064-01) on which Ann Chahroudi and Guido Silvestri are serving as MPIs, is designed to crack exactly that nut. Their project will use a series of experiments to determine if the observed antiviral effect of CD8+ lymphocytes under ART is mediated by CD8+ T cells or CD8+ NK cells, which could be foundational to developing therapies capable of turbocharging the CD8+ lymphocyte response in ART-treated humans.

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Happy Birthday

... to Jeff Lennox (April 14), Darcy White (April 17), Andrew Miller (April 18), Kate Finneran (April 18), Minh Nguyen (April 19)

Happy Birthday! Today's rotation of the earth is dedicated entirely to YOU.


     Cheryl Day

World TB Day Update!

Our Network News special edition summary of CFAR's contributions to tuberculosis research failed to mention that Cheryl Day
is the co-Program Director, with Jyothi Rengarajon, of a TBRU subproject that is seeking to identify the human Mtb-specific T cell signatures that are associated with the control or elminiation of MTB infection in humans (7780).


Jyothi Rengarajan     

Another World TB Day Update!

Jyothi Rengarajan has taken over as Program Director for the TBRU subproject (7784) that Francois Villinger was described in the Network News special supplement as co-directing. That project will identify the immune signatures associated with control of Mtb infection as latent infection, either spontaneously or upon therapy, in rhesus macaques.

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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 Dr. Waldrop-Valverde for more information

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Government News


AIDS United, HSRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau's Special Projects of National Significance and Boston University School of Public Health, is accepting funding applications for the Integrating Buprenorphine Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in HIV Primary Care intervention under a new initiative called Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions.

• Proposal Deadline: 5/3/16
Read the RFP
Attend the proposal webinar (4/13/16; 2:30 - 3:30pm)
It will provide clarification about the funding opportunity, overview the application and submission process, and answer questions.

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Focus On...    

The CFAR does not receive any financial support from the AV200 bike ride but anything that supports AIDS vaccine research helps the CFAR and AV200 is a major, major source of support for AIDS vaccine research.

So ...


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Funding Opps


Nothing new this week


July 1, 2016 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIH/NIAID
Identification of Small Molecules for Sustained-Release Anti-HIV Products

August 1, 2016
Sponsor: NIH/NIAID
Innovation for HIV Vaccine Discovery


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


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Recent Pubs
linked to the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Hussen, Sophia A; Andes, Karen; Gilliard, Danielle; Chakraborty, Rana; Del Rio, Carlos; Malebranche, David J. Transition to adulthood and antiretroviral adherence among HIV-positive young Black men who have sex with men. American journal of public health. 2015 Apr; 105 (4) 725-31.
PMID: 24922167

Chow, Jeremy Y; Alsan, Marcella; Armstrong, Wendy; del Rio, Carlos; Marconi, Vincent C. Risk factors for AIDS-defining illnesses among a population of poorly adherent people living with HIV/AIDS in Atlanta, Georgia. AIDS care. 2015; 27 (7) 844-8.
PMID: 25660100

Khan, Mahfuz B; Lang, Michelle J; Huang, Ming-Bo; Raymond, Andrea; Bond, Vincent C; Shiramizu, Bruce; Powell, Michael D. Nef exosomes isolated from the plasma of individuals with HIV-associated dementia (HAD) can induce Aβ1-42 secretion in SH-SY5Y neural cells. Journal of neurovirology. 2016 Apr; 22 (2) 179-90.
PMID: 26407718

Calendar Upcoming Events
April 12
HOPE Webinar
Early Warning Indicators for Virological Failure in the Southern African Context
   Vince Marconi, MD
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 4/12

April 12
Nobel Laureate Lecture
The story of Single Molecules, from Early Spectroscopy in Solids, to Super-resolution Microscopy, Which Opens Up an Amazing New View Inside Cells
Starring: W.E. Moerner, PhD
    (2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
Location: Candler School of Theology / Rm 252

April 12
IMP Seminar
Adaptations at the Maternal-Fetal Interface that Prevent in Utero HIV-1 Transmission
Starring: Rana Chakraborty, MD
Location: Whitehead Auditorium

April 14
ID Seminar
Maturation of Protective Immunity Induced by Live Attenuated SIV Vaccines
Starring: R Paul Johnson, MD
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

April 14
EVC/GT Seminar
Designing and Building the Next Generation of Vaccine Adjuvants
Starring: Derek O'Hagan, PhD
(Global Head for Vaccine Adjuvants and Formulations,
Location: Yerkes / Bourne Seminar Room

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)
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

October 17-20 (Meeting)
HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P)
Location: Chicago
Subscribe to newsletter / email organizers


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Footlights | CFAR Network Pizza Party

No April Meeting


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