Center For AIDS Research

October 25 - November 1, 2016

The Network News
October 25- November 1, 2016
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"Be Strong!"

(Whispered urgently to one's cell phone WiFi signal).

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... To NIH for awarding Jeb Jones his first NIH funding!

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Jeb Jones

Have you ever seen the famous Marshmallow Experiment conducted in the 1960s? (Watch It Now - it's hilarious). That experiment tested whether 4 year olds could resist the temptation of smaller, immediate rewards (1 marshmallow, eaten right now) in favor of larger, delayed rewards (TWO marshmallows, but only if they were successful in sitting alone in a room with a single marshmallow, right at nose level, until the experimenter came back an etermity later with the second one). The findings from that experiment turned out to be very revealing in terms of the study subjects' years-later success in school and life.

Jeb Jones' research on Delay Discounting and HIV Sexual Risk Behavior in MSM (F31AI122973) is an examination of a grown up, much higher stakes edition of this same concept.
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... To Theresa Gillespie and Minh Nguyen, this week's CFAR Gold Star winners.

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Theresa and Minh, co-Chairs of the CFAR HIV and Cancer IRG, score a Gold Star for hosting a campus-wide conference call to determine Emory's capacity to respond to a U54 RFA on collaborative consortia for the study of HIV-associated cancers in the U.S. and with low-and middle-income country partnerships (RFA-CA-16-018).

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Happy Birthday

... to Eli Rosenberg (October 27), Brian Evavold (October 29), and Colleen Kraft (October 30).

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


Rama Amara     
Rama Amara

HIV is particularly good at infecting people at mucosal surfaces so WE need to become particularly good at optimizing vaccines, and vaccine delivery systems, that evade the roadblocks those same mucosal surfaces throw at us. For example, an oral HIV vaccine would be dandy because the mouth is chock a block full of lymphoid tissue-containing antigen presenting cells, T cells and B cells. But it is ALSO full of saliva that contains proteases that tend to degrade vaccines.

Rama Amara has new R01 funding -- Optimizing Adjuvants and Needle Free Delivery Methods for Oral HIV Vaccination (R01DE026333-01) -- to look at novel ways of overcoming this perplexing problem.
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'Do Over' Alert...

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Last week's notice about the Vaccine Dinner Club stated that the presentation would be in WHSCAB Auditorium. Turns out that it will ACTUALLY be in the School of Medicine Building, next door to WHSCAB, i.e. where we are meeting before (wine and cheese) and after (buffet dinner) the presentation.
Can we Count You In?

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Full Time Faculty Member sought:
The Department of Psychology and the Center for HIV/AIDS Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) at Hunter College of the City University of New York (CUNY) invites applications for an Open Rank (Assistant/Associate/Full) tenure track or tenured position.
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Focus On...    

The UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) has a Visiting Professors Program to train investigators in conducting research with ethnic minority communities.

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The VP Program is designed to assist investigators already conducting HIV-prevention research with minority communities to improve their programs of research and obtain additional funding for their work. It includes a 6-week summer residency, pilot funding, and other mentorship and career development opportunities.

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Funding Opps


There has been a change to the Objectives and Scope of Work for:

Sponsor: NIAID
Mechanisms of Mycobacterial-Induced Immunity in HIV-Infected and Uninfected Individuals to Inform Innovative Tuberculosis Vaccine Design


December 17 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIDA
Nicotinic Immune Modulation in the Presence of HIV-1 Infection


January 6 (App)
Sponsor: Emory URC, ACTSI
Call for Proposals


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


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Recent Pubs
linked to the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Metsch, Lisa R; Feaster, Daniel J; Gooden, Lauren; Matheson, Tim; Stitzer, Maxine; Das, Moupali; Jain, Mamta K; Rodriguez, Allan E; Armstrong, Wendy S; Lucas, Gregory M; Nijhawan, Ank E; Drainoni, Mari-Lynn; Herrera, Patricia; Vergara-Rodriguez, Pamela; Jacobson, Jeffrey M; Mugavero, Michael J; Sullivan, Meg; Daar, Eric S; McMahon, Deborah K; Ferris, David C; Lindblad, Robert; VanVeldhuisen, Paul; Oden, Neal; Castellón, Pedro C; Tross, Susan; Haynes, Louise F; Douaihy, Antoine; Sorensen, James L; Metzger, David S; Mandler, Raul N; Colfax, Grant N; del Rio, Carlos. Effect of Patient Navigation With or Without Financial Incentives on Viral Suppression Among Hospitalized Patients With HIV Infection and Substance Use: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2016 Jul 12; 316 (2) 156-70.
PMID: 27404184

Calendar Upcoming Events
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
IMP Seminar
How T Cells Respond to Tuning of TCR Signal Strength
Starring: Byron Au-Yeung, PhD
Location: Whitehead Auditorium

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

October 27
No ID Seminar this Week
Due to ID Week in New Orleans

Calendar Farther Down the Road

November 2
VDC meeting
See Footlights section below

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 10
9:00 - 10:00
HIV in Transgender Populations: A Human Rights Approach
Starring: Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH (Johns Hopkins)
Sponsor: CFAR Prevention Science Core
Location: RSPH/CNR/Klamon Room

November 10
9:00 - 10:00
HIV in Transgender Populations: A Human Rights Approach
Starring: Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH (Johns Hopkins)
Sponsor: CFAR Prevention Science Core
Location: RSPH/CNR/Klamon Room

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

November 17
5:30 - 7:45
CFAR Network Science Club
Starring: Serena Koenig (Harvard)
Host: CFAR Clinical Research Core

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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