Center For AIDS Research

January 31 - February 7, 2017

The Network News
January 31 - February 7, 2017
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Bad Weather          Good Weather

1/17/17 in Atlanta

1/17/17 in Iowa
(Winter Storm Jupiter)

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... to a hat trick of CFAR investigators who received their first NIH funding in 2016.

     Sophia Hussen

Sophia Hussen (1U01PS005112-01): Since it turns out that a passive "If you build it they will come" approach to engagement in HIV care has not worked as well as we'd all like, Sophia is using her first NIH funding to develop and RCT-test an innovative, strengths-based intervention which leverages social capital formation as a means of encouraging young Black HIV+ MSM (YBMSM) to engage in HIV care. If the project is successful, it will go a long way toward promoting individual health and well-being, preventing secondary HIV transmission, and decreasing health disparities among YBMSM.


Sudhir Kasturi     

Sudhir Kasturi (1K01OD023039-01): One of the major obstacles to developing a vaccine for HIV has been the fact that an initial burst of enthusiasm by a vaccinated subject's immune system quickly wanes with time. Unless -- it appears -- you use biodegradable synthetic polymer nanoparticles developed at Emory to help deliver your vaccine. When you do that, HIV vaccines get one big step closer to becoming the gift that keeps on giving. That's great news! Unfortunately, these nanoparticles have proven to be annoyingly resistant to industrial scale production for use in humans. Sudhir is using his first NIH funding to further explore what makes the formulation work and overcome obstacles to capitalizing on it.


     Cecile Delille Lahiri

Cecile Delile Lahiri (1K23AI124913-01A1): Eradicating / curing HIV is the final frontier because, even with the assistance of effective antiretrovirals, HIV persists in persisting in reservoir sites (e.g. gut tissue). Research to examine antiretroviral pharmacokinetics and viral dynamics within reservoirs has been stymied due to the challenge of intensively sampling hard-to-reach body bits. Cecile is using her first NIH funding to overcome this obstacle by implementing a novel population pharmacokinetic-viral dynamic modeling strategy that generates concentration-response relationships with limited sampling and dosing simulations, ideally suited to reservoir sites.

While we are doing a Year End Roundup for 2016, want a reminder about all the OTHER way cool 2016 research funded in the past year? Check these out...

Other CFARians who received their first NIH funding in 2016 include:
Smita Iyer (K01)
Jeb Jones (F31)
Russ Kempker (R21)
Kehmia Titanji (K01)
Kristin Wall (K01)
Moka Yoo-Jeong (F31)

CFARians who received their first NIH R01 in 2016 include:
Tanja Jovanovic (MPI with Gretchen Neigh)
Ann Chahroudi (MPI with Guido Silvestri)

CFARians who received new NIH funding in 2016 include:
Rama Amara (R01)
Eric Hunter & Rama Amara (UM1)
Igho Ofotokun & Neale Weitzmann (R01)
Hannah Cooper & April Young (R21)

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Happy Birthday

... to Xuemin Chen (January 1), Cameron Tran (January 5), Marcia Holstad (January 10), Laura Gravens (January 16), Jeffrey Otis (January 21), Eric Nehl (January 25), Molly Eaton (January 25), Roy Sutliff (January 26), Igho Ofotokun (January 27), and Jasper Barnes (January 31).

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


Jenny Hite Anderson     

The CFAR would like you to join us in welcoming Jenny Anderson, CFAR's new Senior Program Coordinator! No stranger to public policy, Jenny has worked in education policy since 2010, most recently serving as a policy analyst at the Southern Regional Education Board.


Jenny received her MPA from Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and was recently named a "30 Under 30" nonprofit leader by the Young Nonprofit Professional Network (YNPN) of Atlanta and The Georgia Center for Nonprofits. Jenny looks forward to fine-tuning her program management and analysis skills as she grows in her new role with the CFAR.


     Organ Donor

Speaking of public policy ... In 2015 President Obama signed the "HOPE (HIV Organ Policy Equity)" Act, permitting research on the transplantation of HIV+ organs into HIV+ recipients. This past weekend (January 28) the first HIV-to-HIV (kidney) transplant in Georgia occurred at Emory, as part of a Johns Hopkins study (R34AI123023) evaluating the safety, feasibility and effectiveness of HIV-to-HIV transplantation. We are one of 30 centers participating in the Hope-in-Action pilot program. Major kudos go to Emory's Division of Infectious Disease
(Transplant ID)! We are happy to report that the surgery went well and that the patient is recovering nicely so far.


Michel Sibide     
Michel Sibidé


Making it a public policy trifecta this week, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS and Undersecretary-general of the United Nations, will participate in an informal reception (2:00-3:00pm, 2/7/17, CNR/Klamon Rm) and on a symposium panel (7:30 - 9:00pm, 2/7/17; Glenn Memorial) during Emory President Claire Sterk's Inauguration week activities (see Events below). Carlos del Rio invited Mr. Sibidé to Emory and will host the reception and serve as moderator of the Symposium panel.

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Focus On...    
All In A Day

From noon on February 8 to noon on February 9, CFAR will be participating in Emory University's first-ever Annual Day of Giving. This will take the form of an online fundraising challenge targeting people who care about AIDS research.

Do you have people in your life or social network who might be willing to donate to the CFAR in order to support AIDS research?

If Yes, use Email, Listservs, FaceBook, Twitter, Linked In, and anyway else you can think of
from Noon on Wed, Feb 8 to Noon on Thurs, Feb 9
to ask potential donors to:

1. Go to the All In A Day website:
2. Scroll down the page
3. Click on "Center for AIDS Research" (2nd button on middle row)
4. Donate and help the CFAR Make Change.

The Donation link will only be live between Noon on Wed, Feb 8 and Noon on Thurs, Feb 9.

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Rising Star...    
Claire Sterk

Adapted from the Emory President website:

Claire E. Sterk, PhD, is Emory's 20th president and first female chief executive. A leading international expert in public health and anthropology, Claire joined Emory in 1995 and helped start the CFAR in 1997. Prior to becoming President of Emory in 2016 she served as acting Director and Associate Director of the Women's and Children's Center (1995-1997), chaired the RSPH Dept. of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (2000-2005), was the RSPH Associate Dean for Research (2004-2005), Emory's Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (2005-2012), and was named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2013.

Claire has focused on faculty development throughout her career, including founding the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in 2010 to assist faculty at each phase of their career. She also holds joint faculty appointments at Emory in anthropology; sociology; and women's, gender, and sexuality studies.

With her husband and research partner, Kirk Elifson, Claire has attracted more than $33 million in research funding to Emory. She is the author of three books (two in English: Tricking and Tripping: Prostitution in the Era of AIDS and Fast Lives: Women Who Use Crack Cocaine) and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Claire's primary research interests include addiction, mental health, and HIV/AIDS, with a focus on community-based interventions. She currently is PI of the NIH-funded "Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH; K12HD085850) and has served as president of the Alcohol, Drug, and Tobacco section of the American Sociological Association, been a board member of the Society for Applied Anthropology, and is a member of NIH/NIDA's National Advisory Council.

A popular lecturer, Claire's was selected for Emory's Great Teachers Lecture Series in 2000, the Mary Anne Morgan Lecturer in Women's Health in 2002, and the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer in 2003. Additionally, she has chaired or been a member of almost 100 dissertation and master's thesis committees.

Complementing her teaching, Claire believes in community service, as evidenced by her current participation as a trustee of the Woodruff Center for the Arts, the Atlanta International School, Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences, and The Rotary Club of Atlanta. Not to mention her recent request that Emory consider becoming a sanctuary campus and a welcoming place for undocumented immigrants.

An immigrant herself, Claire was born in the Netherlands and holds a PhD in sociology from Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a doctoral degree in medical anthropology from the University of Utrecht. She speaks four languages. Five if you count "Academic."

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Funding Opps


Deadline: March 24 (App)
Sponsor: ATN
Research Aimed at the Reduction of New HIV infections in Youth & Research Aimed at the Improvement in the Proportions of Youth Achieving Successive Milestones across the HIV Care Continuum

Deadline: May 22 (App)
Sponsor: NIAID
International Research in Infectious Diseases, including AIDS
NOTE: PAR-17-142 appears to have been recently removed from the NIH website. Please check back from time to time to see if it has been restored

Deadline: Standard Dates
Sponsor: NIMH, NIDA
Innovations in Mechanisms and Interventions to Address Mental Health in HIV Prevention and Care Continuum

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Deadline: March 1 (App)
Sponsor: ACTSI
ACTSI KL2-Clinical Research Career Development Program for Junior Faculty

Deadline: March 1 (App)
Sponsor: BIRCWH
Emory Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) Program

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See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


Calendar Upcoming Events

February 6
7:00 - 8:30pm
Walking Tour
A Celebration of Emory's History & Traditions
Location: Oxford Campus
A walking tour of the central Oxford campus, celebrating the university's origins and traditions. Dessert reception follows at the Library and Academic Commons for the Oxford campus community.

February 7
2:00 - 3:00pm
Meet UNAIDS Executive Director Sidibé
Leadership in the Global AIDS Response: Past and Future Challenges
Location: CNR / Klamon Room

February 7
5:30 - 7:00pm
Location: Carlos Museum
Meet renowned artist and Emory PhD student Fahamu Pecou. The artist will reveal his commissioned inauguration art piece and provide insight into his creative process and interpretation of Emory's new beginning. Space is limited and registration is required..

February 7
7:30 - 9:00pm
Academic Symposium
Health Challenges and Bold Opportunities
Location: Glenn Memorial
Tickets (Free)

Panelists include:
Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS; Under-Secretary General, United Nations

Deborah Bruner, Associate Director for Mentorship, Education, and Training, Winship Cancer Institute; Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and Emory University School of Medicine

Elaine F. Walker, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Emory College; director, Emory University Development and Mental Health Research Program

Carlos del Rio, CFAR PI

February 8
10:00 - 11:30am
The Inauguration of Claire E. Sterk, 20th President of Emory University
Location: Glenn Memorial
Tickets (Free)
Sanjay Gupta will provide the keynote address, the Vega Quartet will perform, and poet Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will read a commissioned poem. Live webcast available. The event will also be taped for later viewing..

February 8
12:00 - 2:00pm
Wonderful Wednesday
Location: Asbury Circle
Join the student body for a special inauguration-themed Wonderful Wednesday gathering at Asbury Circle..

February 8
Tree Planting
Location: Quadrangle
A tree will be planted on the Quadrangle in honor of President Sterk and in celebration of Emory's commitment to sustainability..


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | CFAR Network Pizza Party - Thursday, February 16

     Pizza Party log

Meeting Host:
HIV & Aging Scientific Working Group

Count Me In! Click Here to Register

Deborah Gustafson Turbocharged:
Aging in Women with HIV Infection

Deborah Gustafson, MS, PhD
Professor (Neurology)
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Sean Halpin Risky Business?
CAM* in the HAART Era

Sean Halpin, MA
Manager, Research Projects (Geriatrics)
Emory University

*Complimentary and Alternative Medicine

William Lewis Aging and AIDS: Teach Your Mitochondria Well

William Lewis, MD
Professor (Pathology)
Emory University

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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