Center For AIDS Research

December 6-13, 2016

The Network News
December 6-13, 2016
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Happy Birthday

This is the slide that greeted the 100 or so of us RSPH/CNR residents who inadvertently gate-crashed Kristin Wall and Jodie Guest's Epidemiologic Methods I (EPI 530) course when we walked in the door of Rollins Auditorium after being ordered to "Shelter in Place" there when all the tornado sirens on campus started going off last Wednesday afternoon (11/30/16).

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     Kristin Wall

Speaking of Kristin Wall, a publication she first-authored (describing a Zambian study which found no evidence that the presence of hormonal contraception increases the risk of female-male HIV transmission) was selected by UNAIDS to highlight for World AIDS Day.
Read the Article


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And to make it a Kristin-in-the-news hat trick, Kristin Wall ALSO just received a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "Global Grand Challenges" award, making her only the second CFARian (the other being Rafi Ahmed in 2005), and one of only FIVE Emory faculty all told, who have been numbered among the 1,517 (through 2016) Grand Challenges winners. Kristin's award winning project will address "Improving Post-Partum Intrauterine Device Services in Rwanda."
Read the Press Release

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Happy Birthday

... to Kristin Dunkle (December 11).

That roaring sound you hear is all of us shouting "Happy Birthday Kristin" loud enough for you to hear all the way to South Africa


Benton Lawson     

CFAR Immunology and Molecular Biomarkers Core's Benton Lawson has left the CFAR in order to serve as a CDC Microbiologist in the Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Herpesviruses Laboratory Branch (MMRHLB) of the Division of Viral Diseases, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
Final Score... CDC:1, Emory:0

     Goodbye and Best Wishes


     Marcia Holstad

In an article titled: "Musical Motivation for Wellness While Living with HIV," NIH/NINR is currently featuring Marcia Holstad's program of research (KHARMA Project, Antiretroviral General Adherence Scale, LIVE Network) on their new website, Stories of Discovery. The article includes samples from two of the songs used with Marcia's portable music-enhanced self-management program to improve medication adherence and drug-related symptom management.
All the Way
That's My Motivation

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Sara Pullen     
     Focus On...

by Jenny Hite Anderson

Having blazed trails in Atlanta's HIV research community as the first physical therapist (PT) to work at the Ponce Clinic, and one of the very few PTs in the country to specialize in HIV care, Sara Pullen's clinical skills have enriched the lives of about 120 Ponce Clinic patients to date and, in the process, has begun informing the clinical care community about better solutions to the pain management needs of HIV+ men and women.

Sara's current research, which is funded through a CFAR Developmental Core "Opportunity Award," is measuring the effectiveness of physical therapy as an alternative to prescription opiods for pain management treatment of people with HIV. Based on encouraging preliminary findings, Sara is currently in the process of developing an application for Developmental Core CFAR-03 funding in order to expand her research to include an investigation into the connection between HIV and movement disabilities.

Dr. Pullen, a lifelong crusader for social justice, credits CFAR with helping to bring together her two main career aspirations — providing holistic care through physical therapy and serving vulnerable patient groups. In fact, she describes the Ponce Center as a "clinical utopia" because of its focus on providing compassionate, 'one-stop' comprehensive HIV care for medically underserved people. The clinic provides Sara with a research environment that fosters collaboration and a multidimensional approach to patient care, as well as mentors who are helping her to develop her skills as a clinical researcher. In fact, Sara believes the support that she receives from CFAR mentors Vince Marconi (Associate Director of the CFAR Clinical Research Core) and Marcia Holstad (Co-Director of the CFAR HIV & Aging Scientific Working Group) has been one of the greatest benefits of her connection with the CFAR.

Sara wears many hats at Emory. In addition to working one day a week at Ponce, she also directs a service learning program through the Emory School of Medicine's Division of Physical Therapy. Her work through this program includes volunteer projects in physical therapy with migrant farmers in South Georgia and the Dominican Republic. When not serving as an up and coming PT rock star, Sara – a former dancer – enjoys playing outdoors with her three young children.

Read more about Sara's work, as profiled in Emory Physical Therapy magazine.

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Funding Opps

No New Announcements


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


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Recent Pubs
linked to the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Seo YJ, Jothikumar P, Suthar MS, Zhu C, Grakoui A. Local Cellular and Cytokine Cues in the Spleen Regulate In Situ T Cell Receptor Affinity, Function, and Fate of CD8+ T Cells. Immunity. 2016 Nov 15;45(5):988-998. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2016.10.024.
PMID: 27851926

Fonseca JA, Cabrera-Mora M, Singh B, Oliveira-Ferreira J, da Costa Lima-Junior J, Calvo-Calle JM, Lozano JM, Moreno A. A chimeric protein-based malaria vaccine candidate induces robust T cell responses against Plasmodium vivax MSP119. Sci Rep. 2016 Oct 6;6:34527. doi: 10.1038/srep34527.
PMID: 27708348

Ruark A, Fielding-Miller R. Using Qualitative Methods to Validate and Contextualize Quantitative Findings: A Case Study of Research on Sexual Behavior and Gender-Based Violence Among Young Swazi Women. Glob Health Sci Pract. 2016 Sep 29;4(3):373-83. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00062.
PMID: 27688715

Kannanganat S, Wyatt LS, Gangadhara S, Chamcha V, Chea LS, Kozlowski PA, LaBranche CC, Chennareddi L, Lawson B, Reddy PB, Styles TM, Vanderford TH, Montefiori DC, Moss B, Robinson HL, Amara RR. High Doses of GM-CSF Inhibit Antibody Responses in Rectal Secretions and Diminish Modified Vaccinia Ankara/Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Vaccine Protection in TRIM5α-Restrictive Macaques. J Immunol. 2016 Nov 1;197(9):3586-3596.
PMID: 27683750

Calendar Upcoming Events

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

December 8
ID Seminar
Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in Solid Organ Transplantation
Starring: Stephanie Pouch, MD, MS (Ohio State)
   ID faculty candidate
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

December 9 - New
From the Bedside to the Bench: Tuberculosis and Antibiotics
Starring: Professor Jacques Grosset (Johns Hopkins)
Host: Emory TB/HIV Research Group
Location: RSPH / CNR / Room 2001
We are fortunate to have Dr. Jacques Grosset visiting Atlanta this week, in anticipation of his retirement

December 11 - New
2:00 - 5:00pm
Social Occasion
AIDS Vaccine 200 Holiday Party
Location: 394 5th St, NE, Atlanta 30308
Who is invited?: All former and future AV200 Bike Ride riders and crew; all faculty, staff, postdocs and graduate students who have benefitted from the funds raised by the AV200 Bike Ride
More Info: John Brown (404-314-0257)

December 12
Curing HIV Infection: Going Beyond N=1
Location: Whitehead Auditorium
Sponsors: MMG, CFAR

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

December 13 - New
HOPE Webinar
Neurologist's Approach to Imaging: CNS lesions in HIV infection
   Shibani Mukerji, MD, PhD
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 12/13

Calendar Farther Down the Road
December 15
Getting to Zero in the Black Community in the US: Preliminary Findings from the National Survey on HIV in the Black Community (NSHBC)
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR

December 15 - New
5:30 - 7:45pm
Science Club
CFAR Network Pizza Party
Sponsor: CFAR Virology & Molecular Biomarkers Core
Starring: George Shaw, MD, PhD (Penn)
More Information

January 5-6 - New
Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling
Sponsor: CFAR Prevention Science Core
Space is limited and registration closes on December 29


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | CFAR Network Pizza Party - Thursday, December 15

     Pizza Party log

Meeting Host:
CFAR Virology & Molecular Biomarkers Core

Count Me In! Click Here to Register

Serena Koenig By Design:
Next Generation SHIVs for HIV-1 Vaccine and Cure Research

George Shaw, MD, PhD
Professor (Medicine)
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Wendy Armstrong Finding a Path though the Fog:
Characterization of the Early Antibody Landscape In HIV-1 Infected Individuals Who Develop Poor to Elite Levels of Neutralization Breadth

Abigail Smith, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow (Derdeyn Lab)
Emory Vaccine Center and Yerkes National Primate Research Center

David Holland Looking for Clonotypes in a Haystack: Single Cell RNA-seq of Antigen-Specific B Cells in Vaccine Studies

Steven Bosinger, PhD
Chief Clinical Officer
Nonhuman Primate Genomics Core Laboratory, Yerkes

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

5:30 — Pizza and Posters 'by the Bridge'
6:00 — Sound of ringing triangle causes members to channel their inner sheepdog and help herd other members and their guests to Room 1000
7:45 — Adjourn for more networking and a dissection of the evening's talks


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