Center For AIDS Research

October 11-18, 2016

The Network News
October 11-18, 2016
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"I'm a Muslim, and I would like to report a crazy man threatening a woman on a stage in Missouri. #debate"

(Moustafa Bayoumi's response to Donald Trump's insistence, during the 10/9/16 presidential candidate debate, that Muslim Americans should be responsible for policing terrorist activities)

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... to CFARian winners of the first ever Woodruff Health Science Center "Synergy Awards!"

As John Lewin said in an Emory News article about it, "The Synergy Awards are meant to spark new, synergistic interactions between invesigators and enable scientific achievements of the highest quality an impact."

If that sounds to you like the sort of thing CFAR investigators would excel at then you will NOT be surprised to hear that a full one third (n=2/6) of this first cycle of awards were given to CFARians.

     Theresa Gillespie      Jessica Wells
Theresa Gillespie Jessica Wells

"Advancing Cancer Screening and Early Detection Among People Living with HIV/AIDS"

Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA
Surgery, School of Medicine
Co-chair, HIV & Cancer Interdisciplinary Research Group

Jessica Wells, PhD, RN
Academic Advancement, School of Nursing
CFAR Developmental Core Mentee (K-Club)

Kristin Wall      Lisa Haddad     
Kristin Wall Lisa Haddad

"Evaluation of an Intervention to Increase Post-Abortion LARC Uptake: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Educational and Financial Counseling Prior to Clinical Presentation"

Lisa Haddad, MD
Gynecology and Obstetrics, School of Medicine
CFAR Developmental Core Awardee (CFAR-K)

Kristin Wall, PhD
Epidemiology, School of Public Health
CFAR Developmental Core Awardee (CFAR-03)

Victoria L. Phillips, PhD
Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health

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Happy Birthday

... to Kirk Elifson (October 12) and Drenna Waldrop-Valverde (October 18)

Our birthday wish for you is that knowledge generates the questions you ask and that wisdom comes from the answers you find.


     Aaron Siegler

Aaron Siegler will be the first to tell you that PrEP can reduce your chance of becoming infected with HIV BUT, as Damon Jacobs has pointed out, "even though any doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant in the U.S. is able to prescribe PrEP, many are not capable of displaying sensitivity, compassion, or respect."

So what is a person to do if s/he wants to be treated respectfully for simply having the temerity to proactively seek engagement in healthy behavior?

Check out the cool new PrEP Locator developed by Aaron, that's what! Among its other neat-o features, the Locator includes providers who prescribe to individuals without insurance.

Neale Weitzmann     


Neal Weitzmann makes no bones about it -- HIV and ART can both cause some very bad mojo to the scaffolding that holds our bodies up but the mechanism remains poorly understood. In hopes of fixing that, Neale has just received new funding from NIH to look at IL-4, a key regulator of bone turnover related to HIV and ART. (1R01AR070091-01A1)

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Public Health Scientist sought: Walter Reed Army Institute of Research
Paul T. Scott MD MPH; Chief, Epidemiology and Threat Assessment, Military HIV Research Program, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research is trying to fill a position in San Diego to do STI behavioral intervention work with the Navy based on their recent risk/behavioral surveys in the Fleet.
Read more about it.

Position sought: HIV Program Administrator
Leisha McKinley-Beach, former HIV Program Administrator for the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness High Impact Prevention Program (HIPP) is seeking a position at Emory.
Call Leisha at 404.822.9577 for a copy of her CV

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Government News


New Policy Eliminates Most Appendix Material for NIH. Effective with applications submitted on or after 1/25/17, the list of acceptable appendix materials is being reduced dramatically.

From then on out, the list of acceptable appendix materials for applications proposing clinical trials includes only:
• Clinical trial protocols
• Investigator's brochure from Investigational New Drug (IND), as appropriate

And the new list of acceptable appendix materials for all applications includes only:
• Blank informed consent/assent forms
• Blank surveys, questionnaires, data collection instruments

Note re: FOA-specified items:
Some FOAs require specific appendix items. They can and must be included. In fact, under the new policy, applications submitted without required appendix materials will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Consequences for submitting disallowed appendix materials
Non-compliant applications will be withdrawn and returned without review. Eeeeek!!

• Read More About It

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Focus On...    

The Prevention Science Core is offering the Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling Training (FHPC) on November 4-5, 9:00am - 3:00pm at RSPH.

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This course is geared to individuals interested in becoming proficient in HIV counseling. There will be opportunities for those who complete the course to put their skills to work through several studies at the Rollins School of Public Health and through local community based organizations (CBOs).

The fee for this training is $100 per person. Subsidies are available for students and CBO and government employees. Click here to register or scan the QR code. Space for this training is limited. Registration closes Fri., Oct. 28.

Course Overview
This course focuses on the six-step HIV prevention counseling protocol, conducted in both conventional and rapid testing situations.

Participants will receive training in:

  • Counseling concepts and basic counseling skills
  • HIV prevention counseling and how to conduct the six-step HIV prevention counseling protocol in the context of conventional and rapid testing
  • Delivery of both conventional and rapid test results

A basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS/STIs and risk-reduction methods is a prerequisite for conducting and attending this course, as an "HIV/AIDS/STI 101" component is not included.

For questions or additional information contact:
Anthony McWilliams 404.727.8527
Candace Meadows 404.712.8591

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Funding Opps

Standard AIDS Deadlines:

Sponsor: NCI, NIDCR
"High" or "Medium" Priority AIDS Research on Non-AIDS-defining or AIDS-defining Cancers

Other Deadlines:

November 7 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIMHD
Engaging Youth and Young Adults from Health Disparity Populations in the HIV Treatment Cascade

December 6 (LOI)
Improving the HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Cascade


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
October 12
HOPE Webinar
Yummy or Crummy? Pill burden, palatability, and other components of medicines adherence among HIV-positive teenagers in South Africa
   Rebecca Hodes, M.Sc, D.Phil (Univ. of Cape Town)
Focus: Nurses
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 10/12

October 13
ID Seminar
Antibiotic Heteroresistance as a Cause of Unexplained Treatment Failure
Starring: David Weiss, PhD
Location: RSPH / CNR / Klamon Room

Calendar Farther Down the Road

October 20-21
SBSRN 10th Annual Meeting
Focus: HIV social and behavioral science
Sponsor: Multiple CFARs
Location: Miami, FL
• More Information: Call Tiffany Dominique (215-746-7352)

October 24
12:00 - 1:30
Faculty Panel
Being an Effective Mentee
Focus: How to be proactive in curating your career
Sponsor: Emory CFDE
Location: Candler Library, Rm 125

October 28 (registration deadline)
November 4-5 (workshop)
9:00am - 3:00pm
Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling Training
Sponsors: CFAR Prevention Core
• More Information: See Network News "Focus" article

November 10
8:00 - 11:30
ANAC Workshop
Nursing Research Workshop: Building Capacity for Competitiveness in HIV/AIDS Nursing Research at NINR
Sponsors: Johns Hopkins and Emory CFARs
Location: Westin Peachtree Plaza-Atlanta
Workshop Registration
ANAC Conference (11/10-11/12) website

November 17-18
NIH/NIAID Workshop
2nd International Workshop on Microbiome in HIV Pathogenesis, Prevention, and Treatment
Location: NIH Campus, Masur Auditorium Bethesda, MD

December 6-7
CFAR Symposium
Joint Symposium on HIV Research in Women
Location: Birmingham, AL
Sponsors: Multiple CFARs

December 12-16
Workshop on Microbial Genome Sequencing
Location: Harvard Medical School, Boston
Sponsors: Harvard CFAR


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | CFAR Network Pizza Party - Thursday, October 20

     Pizza Party log

Meeting Host:
HIV & Aging Scientific Working Group

"The Stealth Effects of Aging"

Count Me In! Click Here to Register

Deborah Gustafson Dis-Ability:
The Face of Frailty in HIV and Aging

Deborah Gustafson, MS, PhD
SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Chair, WIHS HIV & Aging Working Group

Sean Halpin Risky Business?:
Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Risk of Polypharmacy among HIV+ Older Adults in the Current Treatment Era

Sean Halpin, MS
Emory University

Ted Johnson Talk Title TBA

Theodore Johnson II, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics
Emory University

Clubhouse Location:
Room 1000, Claudia Nance Rollins Building (1518 Clifton Rd)

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 the Auditorium
8:00 — Adjourn for more networking and a dissection of the evening's trio of talks


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