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Special Edition: World AIDS Day 2016

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Special Edition: December 1, 2016
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Dear Emory CFAR Investigators:

Today is World AIDS Day. This is the 29th year in which we have observed this day to remember the millions who have died from AIDS and to remind us that our job is far from over. This year's World AIDS Day theme is "Leadership. Commitment. Impact." -- three promises that AIDS researchers made, delivered on, and help us to remember that there are millions of people who are alive, healthy, and productive because of our collective efforts.

We have made remarkable advances and I am extremely proud of the work that Emory CFAR investigators have done and are doing that is helping improve the quality of life of people living with HIV and to prevent new infections.

There are many challenges ahead and the future of funding for HIV research may be uncertain so our job is more important now than it has ever been. That job is to keep our "eye on the ball," do the best research possible, and provide excellent care to our clients and patients. In addition we will need to get even more involved in the local epidemic. Many of us are already involved in the Fulton County Task Force work that will help Atlanta "Get to Zero" in the near future.

Finally, here is a story about the CFAR that was posted by Emory today; it summarizes the incredible work that you all do. Emory is a great place to do HIV research and care!

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By the (UNAIDS) Numbers ...

78M people have gotten HIV since the 1970s

           (2.1M of them were infected last year)

35M people have died from HIV-related illnesses

           (1.1M of them died last year)

46% of HIV+ people have access to treatment

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Happy Birthday

... to the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) Network, which turns 30 years old on 12/02/16.

We sure are glad you were born!

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... Wendy Armstrong,
current president of HIVMA, authored an excellent World AIDS Day blog posting in The Hill that lays out both the successes in which we can find justifiable joy and hope and the disparities that threaten our future ability to expand those successes as widely as we'd like. The post came online this morning and has already poked a nerve with the comment trolls.
Read the Article

...The Emory-CDC ACTU
is featured in an Emory News article about how the Emory/ACTG celebrate decades of game-changing HIV/AIDS clinical trials.
Read the Article

... Rana Chakrabory
is serving as a Visiting Professor at Harvard and was interviewed for Boston's Children's Hospital's World AIDS Day 2016 Open Pediatrics World Shared Practice Forum about the development of strategies targeting the prevention of MTCT of HIV in the United States and around the world.
Watch the video

... The HIV Paradox
is featured in an Emory Magazine article today that discusses how vaccines and long-acting treatments for HIV seem closer than ever before even as increasing infections among key populations remain alarming. The article features CFARians Daniel Driffin (CFAR CLC member), Wendy Armstrong (Clinical Research Core Site Director), Eli Rosenberg (Prevention Science Core Assoc. Director), Eric Hunter (CFAR Co-Director), Rama Amara (CFAR Senior Scientist), and Carlos del Rio (CFAR Co-Director and PI).
Read the Article
Divider Rule Blast From the Past: The Colbert Report ...

     Carlos del Rio

Wondering what has -- and what hasn't -- changed in the last 5 years?
Watch Tony Fauci talk with Stephen Colbert about why AIDS is still a big problem in 2011 (even with abstinence education).

Colbert: "Is there a vaccine for it?"
Fauci: "Not yet"
Colbert: "Sounds to me a vaccine is to be a rich white person"

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Divider Rule World AIDS Day Week Events (that we are aware of) ...
December 1
< 5:00pm
Living With Interactive Exhibit
Location: Gallery 874 (874 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, 30318)
NBC News Feature

December 1
10:00am - 1:30pm
Free HIV Testing
Location: DUC

December 1
10:00am - 4:00pm
Quilt on the Quad
Location: Emory Quadrangle (Rain location: DUC Terraces)

December 1
12:00 - 2:00pm
Community Partner Fair & Musical Performance
Location: DUC

December 1
1:00 - 2:00pm
WABE: Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress
World AIDS Day Special
Including: an interview with Carlos del Rio
Listen Live

December 1
World AIDS Day Chamber Music Concert
for Patients and Staff of the Grady Ponce de Leon Center
Location: Ponce Center
Sponsor: CFAR

December 1
6:00 - 9:00pm
Living With Closing Reception
Location: Gallery 874 (874 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, 30318)
Cost: $50 (Open Bar and Food)

December 1-2
Symposium: Emerging Strategies for HIV and Viral Hepatitis Co-Infection
Location: Loudermilk Center (40 Courtland St)
Sponsor: Empowerment Resource Center

December 5
Seminar: Role for Liver Macrophages in SIV-associated Immune Inflammation
Starring: Don Sodora PhD (Seattle)
Location: Yerkes/Bourne Seminar Room

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

December 7
Vaccine Dinner Club
Adventures of a Female Medical Detective: In Pursuit of Smallpox and AIDS
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