Center For AIDS Research

December 13-31, 2016

The Network News
December 13-31, 2016
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"We sound just like angels ... flying in on B52s."
- Tuba Christmas performer

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     PrEP Locator

... to Aaron Siegler and the good folks of Prism Health for having received the 2016 award for "Best HIV Prevention Resource" from for PrEP Locator


Rasheeta Chandler-Coley     

... to Rasheeta Chandler-Coley, PHD, MSN, for having won top honors at the 2016 Nurse of the Year Awards, sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of the March of Dimes. Rasheeta's research focuses on reducing sexual health disparities in minority populations. She has also just completed an NIH K01 award ("Tailoring an HIV Prevention Intervention for College-aged Black Women") and was earlier named a "40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health" by the National Minority Quality Forum.

Read more about Rasheeta's award


     Jonathan Colasanti

... to Jonathan Colasanti for having been named a Grady Top Doc.

The Grady FB page says:

"We're grateful for Dr. Jonathan Colasanti! Dr. Colasanti, Associate Medical Director of Grady's Ponce de Leon Center, is one of the most renowned infectious disease specialists in the Southeast. He is especially passionate about the delivery of HIV care to vulnerable populations, which is reflected in both his practice and research.

"Grady is where people come when no one else would take care of them -- to be the doctor that cares for that patient is an incredible privledge."

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Happy Birthday

... to Jane Lawson (December 15), Monica Trigg (December 15), Fauzia Malik (December 18), Bert Anderson (December 21), Hannah Cooper (December 23), Chris Ibegbu (December 25), Jim Else (December 27), Taylor Harrison (December 30), and Nancy Sterk (December 31).

Best holiday presents ever -- we sure are glad you all were born!

Shan Liang     

The Immunology Core would like you to join them in welcoming their new Core Coordinator! Shan Liang first encountered the CFAR in 2003 when he worked at the Vanderbilt CFAR as coordinator for their Molecular and Virology and Genetics Core. In addition to his coordination duties for the IMB Core, Shan will perform viral assays, protein purification, drug screening, and immuno-histochemistry.


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'Do Over' Alert...

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     Paul Johnson

Last week's notice about current and past CFARian Gates Grand Challenge winners missed one!

In 2014 Paul Johnson received Phase II funding through a Grand Challenges Explorations award for "Single cell transcriptional profiling of latently infected CD4+ T cells."

That brings Emory University's Grand Challenge winner tally up to a total of six, of which FIFTY PERCENT have been CFARians. YOWSER!!

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Government News

     Fulton County

Last Wednesday (December 7th) a discussion of the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS was added to the agenda of a meeting of the Fulton County Commissioners and Shelle Bryant attended the meeting on behalf of the CFAR to speak in support of the Task Force's continuation.

Below is a partial exerpt of her remarks:

     Shelle Bryant

Though Atlanta is home to significant resources in the fight against HIV, including the CDC, CFAR, and many CBOs, we continue to see an increase in HIV acquisition, particularly in the Atlanta metro area. The Task Force is addressing this crisis.

The CFAR is integrally involved with the Task Force, and we consider it a model of best practice for the productive integration of government, community, and academia. In fact, when we presented the concept to the National Institutes of Health, they agreed and identified the Task Force structure as a model that should be shared with other states, and NIH encourages all CFARs to engage likewise with their own health departments and local communities.

The CFAR is committed to supporting the Task Force through the highly integrated involvement of CFAR investigators. The past Co-Chair, Dr. Armstrong, and, the current Co-Chair, Dr. Colasanti, are CFAR Investigators. Additionally, Dr. del Rio and others affiliated with the Emory CFAR serve on the Task Force.

The goal of the CFAR is to create an environment that supports collaborative research with the idea that a collective will have a greater impact on this epidemic than any individual person or organization. The Fulton County Task Force has succeeded in creating such an environment. We have already seen the results, including a precipitous reduction in time between diagnosis and engagement in care of infected individuals. We owe it to our citizens living with or at risk for HIV, to continue the great work of the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS - an excellent example of effective, innovative, collaborative work in the fight against the spread of HIV in Fulton County.

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Funding Opps

Jan 13 (App)
Sponsor: Gilead
Gilead Sciences Research Scholars Program in HIV

April 09 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIDA
Optimizing the HIV Care Continuum for Substance Abusing Populations at High-Risk and/or Living with HIV

NIH Notices:
March 01
   (Anticipated App deadline)

Sponsor: NHLB
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for ImPlementation REsearCh to DEvelop interventions for People Living with HIV (PRECluDE) (U01)


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


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Recent Pubs
linked to the CFAR grant
(P30 AI050409)

Nelson KN, Hui Q, Rimland D, Xu K, Freiberg MS, Justice AC, Marconi VC, Sun YV. Identification of HIV infection-related DNA methylation sites and advanced epigenetic aging in HIV+, treatment-naïve U.S. veterans. AIDS. 2016 Dec 5. [Epub ahead of print].
PMID: 27922854

Calendar Upcoming Events

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

December 13
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

December 13 - New
Precision Control of Therapeutic T-cell Responses with Synthetic Notch Receptors
   Kole Roybal, PhD (University of California)
Location: Whitehead Auditorium
Sponsors: Lowance Center for Human Immunology

December 15
ID Seminar
Starring: Albert Anderson, MD
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

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

Calendar Farther Down the Road
January 5-6
Fundamentals of HIV Prevention Counseling
Sponsor: CFAR Prevention Science Core
Space is limited and registration closes on December 29

June 17-18 - New
6th Annual Southeastern Immunology Symposium
Location: Vanderbilt University (Nashville)


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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

George Shaw 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

Abagail Smith 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

Steve Bosinger 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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