Center For AIDS Research

October 18-25, 2016

The Network News
October 18-25, 2016
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ART & α4β7 mAb

Forget Prince William and Kate Middleton, the newest red hot power couple in town was profiled by Byrareddy et al in the 10/14/16 Science publication "Sustained virologic control in SIV+ macaques after antiretroviral and ART & α4β7 antibody therapy. (See article below).

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... To NIH for awarding Smita Iyer her first NIH funding!

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Good news from the 'building a better mouse trap' department... Smita Iyer has received NIH funding (K01OD023034-01) that will help her study T follicular helper cells, a subset of CD4 T cells that are essential for establishing long-lived humoral responses. In gaining a more comprehensive and mechanistic understanding of the immune determinants of humoral immunity, Smita hopes to provide answers that will advance the rational design of HIV vaccines.
Go Smita!


... To Arash Grakoui and Dana Tedesco for winning the coveted CFAR Gold Star for asking the following of Immunology Core Director John Altman:

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"John, what is the correct way to acknowledge your flow core in a manuscript? best, ag"

You, too, can win a CFAR Gold Star by adding the following magic words to the acknowledgements section of your manuscripts:

"This work was facilitated by the [Name] Core of the Center for AIDS Research at Emory University (P30AI050409). Special thanks to ([names who helped you]) for [expert help]."

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Happy Birthday

... to Guido Silvestri (October 20), Anthony McWilliams (October 21), and Tris Parslow (October 22).

"Let them eat ice cream!" (Marie Antoinette's little brother Max)


Sid Byrareddy    Aftab Ansari     
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Sid Byrareddy (1st author), Tab Ansari (senior author), and 27 others (including CFARians Volkan Adsay, Praveen Amancha, Sanjeev Gumber, Dawn Little, Ann Mayne, Kristina Ortiz, Michelle Reid, Philip Santangelo, Neil Sidell, Francois Villinger, and Chiara Zurla) are causing quite a buzz these days.

Their October 14, 2016 publication in Science is being enthusiatically referred to as a potential game-changer in the quest to turbocharge HIV supression in people with HIV.

As quoted in the article: "Byrareddy et al treated ART-suppressed monkeys with antibodies targeting α4β7 integrin. When ART was halted in the antibody-treated animals, viral loads stayed undetectable, and normal CD4 T cell counts were maintained for over 9 months—and persisted—even after stopping the antibody therapy."

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'Do Over' Alert...

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     Igho Ofotokun

With many thanks to the alert CFARians who brought this to our attention, last week's item on Neal Weitzmann's new R01 funding (1R01AR070091-01A1) neglected to include the fact that Igho Ofotokun is ALSO a PI on the MPI R01 to look at IL-4, a key regulator of bone turnover related to HIV and ART. Igho and Neal's research is intended to yield findings which will help to explain why HIV and ARTs separately and synergistically accelerate bone loss.


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The October 20th meeting of the CFAR Network Science Club ("Pizza Party") has been cancelled due to speaker illness. We hope to reschedule the meeting, hosted by the HIV & Aging SWG, for sometime in Spring 2017.

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Focus On...    

A new (17th) edition of Key Contacts has been issued by the CFAR.

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Key Contacts is a print and online telephone directory of agencies and organizations in Atlanta and beyond that provide services for people with and at risk for HIV.

Key Contacts was published by the Southeast AIDS Training and Education Center (SEATEC) from its inception in 1987 to 2015. When SEATEC closed its doors in 2015 CFAR took over publication of Key Contacts in order to ensure that this exceptionally valuable resource would not be lost to the community.

Email CFAR for instructions on receiving print copies.
The online edition is available via the CFAR website at

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Funding Opps

Non-Standard Deadlines:

Deadline: 12/20/16
Understanding HIV Persistence in Infants

Deadline: 12/20/16
Sponsor: NIHM
Understanding and Addressing the Multi-level Influences on Uptake and Adherence to HIV Prevention Strategies Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Sub-Saharan Africa


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


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Recent Pubs
linked to the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Cartwright, Emily K; Palesch, David; Mavigner, Maud; Paiardini, Mirko; Chahroudi, Ann; Silvestri, Guido. Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy Restores CD4+ T Memory Stem Cell Homeostasis in Simian Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Macaques.. Journal of virology. 2016 Aug 1; 90 (15) 6699-708.
PMID: 27170752

White, Darcy; Grey, Jeremy A; Gorbach, Pamina M; Rothenberg, Richard B; Sullivan, Patrick S; Rosenberg, Eli S. Racial Differences in Partnership Attributes, Typologies, and Risk Behaviors Among Men Who Have Sex With Men in Atlanta, Georgia. Archives of sexual behavior. 2016 May 11.
PMID: 27169406

Ravindran, Rajesh; Loebbermann, Jens; Nakaya, Helder I; Khan, Nooruddin; Ma, Hualing; Gama, Leonardo; Machiah, Deepa K; Lawson, Benton; Hakimpour, Paul; Wang, Yi-chong; Li, Shuzhao; Sharma, Prachi; Kaufman, Randal J; Martinez, Jennifer; Pulendran, Bali. The amino acid sensor GCN2 controls gut inflammation by inhibiting inflammasome activation. Nature. 2016 Mar 24; 531 (7595) 523-7.
PMID: 26982722

Calendar Upcoming Events
October 20
ID Seminar
Whole Genome Sequencing and the Transformation Of Public Health Surveillance (for Enteric Bacterial Infections)
Starring: Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH
   Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases
Location: RSPH / CNR / Klamon Room

October 20
3:30 - Reception
4:00 - Presentation
2016 Virginia DeHaan Lecture
The Journey from Health Disparity to Health Equity
Starring: David Satcher, MD, PhD
   16th US Surgeon General
Location: WHSCAB Auditorium

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 25
HOPE Webinar
Neuro-HIV Cases
   Tracey A. Cho, MD (Harvard Medical School)
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 10/25

October 26
Panelists: Frank Wong, PhD
   & a panel of Scholars from across Atlanta
Location: RSPH / CNR / Klamon Room

Calendar Farther Down the Road

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 11
Honoring Ceremony
Veterans Day Ceremony
Speaker: Jon Keen (War on Terror veteran)
Location: Emory Quad
Sponsor: Emory Veterans Association

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 | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, November 2

Focus: Animal vaccines

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

"If People can get Chicken Pox,
Can Chickens get People Pox?*
Viral Diseases of Domestic Poultry and Why They Matter

*No, but they get a lot of other important viral diseases.


Steve McCarter, DVM, MAM
Tyson Senior Veterinarian
AV200 Volunteer


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