Center For AIDS Research

February 21-28, 2017

The Network News
February 21 - 28, 2017
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No Goats, No Glory

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle
Sunday, 2/19/17*

*46 Across: "Herder's mantra?"

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     Sam Jenness

... to Sam Jenness on scoring his first NIH funding! (R21MH112449)

Getting the biggest bang for our prevention buck on an individual, local, and national level is highly dependent on understanding the diverse circumstances that drives prevention efficacy -- i.e. what works for one group of people can not be automatically expected to work for another group of even very similar people. Sam's project on "Modeling Antiretroviral-based Prevention among MSM in the US" will help make context-driven planning a lot easier by collecting new data on partnership networks among MSM, plus data on PrEP and ART uptake and adherence, and then using all that to do network-based modeling of ART-based prevention strategies. His findings are expected to be very helpful in supporting comprehensive HIV prevention planning on a local (to 15 high-prevalence cities, including the ATL) and national level.
Sam's research will be supported by the CFAR Prevention Science Core.

Colleen Kelley     

... and to Colleen Kelley on being awarded her first NIH R01! (R01AI128799)!

Despite the spiraling rates of HIV transmission among MSM, particularly among adolescent MSM, the vast majority of HIV research in mucosal transmission has focused on vaginal transmission or has used non-human primate models with extrapolation of the findings to humans. Colleen's R01 will build on her prior K23 research (K23AI108335) to help to fill that critical gap in the science by examining how factors such as age at debut of receptive anal intercourse (RAI) and frequency of RAI over time can influence transmission, and to determine whether the mucosal inflammation associated with condomless RAI (CRAI) leads to delayed mucosal healing after injury -- which can enlarge the window of opportunity for HIV transmission.
Colleen's research will be supported by the CFAR Clinical Research Core.

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Happy Birthday

... to Joshy Jacob (February 22), Mondie Tharp (February 22), and Ling Ye (February 25).

You have 584 million miles around the sun to cover before this time next year. Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

We are happy to welcome all Emory CFARians home from CROI 2017.
WATCH THIS SPACE next week for a round up of some of the stories and pix* that came back with them from Seattle.

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BTW: One thing that CROI 2017 re-confirmed is that
Carlos "Hot Thumbs" del Rio is a Twitter Wizard!

According to stats on this Symplur site, CFAR's Co-Director for Clinical Research, @carlosdelrio7, was #2 overall in number of CROI Tweets (n=123), and the Conference's Overall #1 Influencer as measured by Twitter Mentions from others (n=268). Tweet On!

     Lisa Haddad at CROI

*This particular CROI pic shows past CFAR Developmental Core award recipient Lisa Haddad presenting research by CFARians Nakita Brown, Christina Mehta, Anandi N. Sheth, Kehmia Titanji, Clyde Hart, Igho Ofotokun, and herself on changes in genital-tract HIV target cells in the presence of progestin-based contraceptives at a "Hot Flashes: Hormonal Contraception and HIV Risk" themed discussion session.

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     Find Funding





* Because last week's posting didn't net any registrations yet and it is difficult to believe that there are zero eligible faculty members who are interested in applying for $40K in research funding from the CFAR.




The CFAR Developmental Core is offering a two-part CFAR-series application preparation workshop that is applicable to people planning to apply for CFAR funding at either the May 1 or November 1, 2017 deadline.

March 14 & March 21, 2017
11:00am – 1:00 pm
More Information
Click Here to Register

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Funding Opps


April 3 (LOI)
CFAR-series Funding


April 17 (App)
Sponsor: SAMSHA
The Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Navigator Program for Racial/Ethnic Minorities Ages 13-24 (Prevention Navigator)
Cooperative Agreement


Oct 24 (LOI)
Sponsor: NIDCR
Oral HIVacc: Synergistic Strategies to Systemic Vaccination

Standard AIDS Dates (Apps)
Sponsor: NIMH
Formative and Pilot Intervention Research for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS


See previously advertised Funding Opportunities in Network News archived issues.


Calendar Upcoming Events

February 23
ID Seminar
HIV Research Network Activities in Georgia, Kenya and Thailand— Progress on HIV Treatment, Cure and Prevention
Starring: Jeff Lennox
Location: RSPH / GCR / Rita Anne Rollins Room

February 28 - New
HOPE Webinar
HIV to HIV Transplant in the US: HOPE in Action
   David Wojciechowski, DO (Mass Gen)
   Rebekah Lane, MD (Mass Gen)
Focus: Physicians
Sponsor: Harvard CFAR
HOPE Conference Website
To Attend Webinar: Click this link on 2/28

Calendar Farther Down the Road

March 14 and March 21
11:00am - 1:00pm
CFAR-series Application Preparation Seminar Series

March 16
5:30 - 7:45pm
CFAR Network Sciene Club meeting
Host: Immunology Core

April 3 (Abstract Deadline)
June 9 (Conference)
SE Pediatric Research Conference: Big Data for Better Care
Location: Georgia Aquarium
Host: Pediatric Research Alliance
Abstract Submission

April 28
9:00am - 5:00pm
7th biennial Symposium
Frontiers in Microbial Biology
Location: Whitehead Auditorium
Host: Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Program


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Spotlight Spotlight

Footlights | Vaccine Dinner Club - Wednesday, March 1

Focus: History, Controversies

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Count Me In!
Click Here to Register

Human Experimental Challenge Models in Vaccine Development: A Historical Perspective


Myron M. Levine, MD, DTPH
Grollman Distinguished Professor
Assoc. Dean for Global Health, Vaccinology & Infectious Diseases
University of Maryland School of Medicine


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